It was just days ago that RuPaul’s Drag Race fans freaked TF out after noticing that Katya unfollowed her bestie and fellow Season 7 alum Trixie Mattel on Instagram. The seemingly shady social media move came on the heels of Katya’s announcement that she is pressing pause on her drag career to focus on her sobriety.
Despite fans’ concern that the queens have called it quits on their friendship, Trixie, 28, revealed in an exclusive interview with Life & Style that she and Katya, 35, are far from over. “We’re still cool with each other. I still follow her on everything,” Trixie assured us at a “Meet the Queens” event for Season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars in NYC on Wednesday, Jan. 17. “I still follow her on every platform and I still call and text her every day.”
According to Trixie — who is joining the All Stars cast nearly three years after her first stint on RPDR — she understands her pal’s decision to disconnect. “I’ll just say this. Mental health and sobriety is not a straight line and Drag Race is a family and we support our family members through anything. The best part is my sister is tending to her personal health,” Trixie says of Katya, who’s been open about her past struggles with substance abuse. “Katya is getting healthy, so I’m happy for her.”
Katya told fans that she was leaving the world of drag in an Instagram live stream on Monday, Jan. 15. In the video, the performer insisted that she has not had a relapse — but was fearful that she might if she didn’t take a break. “It was time to take a vacation, because my health, the drugs, my brain, that wasn’t good,” Katya said. “I’m telling you this with a sense of urgency. I’m not dying. Let me tell you the truth. I’m not dying, I want to live. I’m a drug addict, but I’m sober. Today, and yesterday. And before. But I need to take a vacation, because I want to survive, like Gloria Gaynor.”
Of course, fans can’t help but wonder what this means for the future of Trixie and Katya’s wildly popular Viceland digital series, The Trixie & Katya Show, which returns for a new season on Wednesday, Jan. 24. Trixie told Life & Style that she hopes she and Katya can continue on with the show, but only after her co-star makes a full recovery.
“In the hierarchy of my life, I am Katya’s friend first and her business partner second. If Katya wants to quit drag forever, I will go visit her working front desk at a Hilton hotel, or wherever she wants to work,” she said. “But, you know, you want your friends to be healthy…No matter what goes on with Trixie and Katya, we will laugh through all of it.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race returns to VH1 for Season 3 of All Stars on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. EST.