RuPaul‘s Drag Race All Star Katya is helping to shed light on her meth addiction that took over every aspect of her life.
Katya spoke about her personal struggle on RuPaul’s podcast What’s the Tee? With Michelle Visage, where she didn’t hold back on the truth.
She revealed that after suffering a nervous breakdown during her sophomore year at Massachusetts College of Art and Design she “latched” onto drugs to cope with the depression that accompanied it.
“I’m thinking of suicide everyday because I can’t imagine at losing at life,” Katya thought at the time. “I started stealing speed from my roommate. I wanted to do drugs to do more, to live, to cope, to be happy.”
She says that’s when a friend introduced her to meth.
“I’ve been through hell on meth, but I’ve also been up in the clouds, and that’s why you do it.”
Katya is finally in a much better place today now that she’s a drag superstar after competing on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Seven and this year’s All Stars 2.
“When Alaska walked in there the first thing I thought was ’f*ck, I cant win,’” she said. “The second thing was: ’oh, thank God’ because I felt free, the pressure was off. I cant have to win but I need to be able to do this well. And I did that and I was proud of myself.”
You can catch Katya on her web series with Trixie Mattel, UNHhhh. She is also working on a one woman show, Help Me, I’m Dying which was successfully funded on Kickstarter.