A report in Heat magazine says that 18-year-olds Julia Volkova and Lena Katina have signed contracts with their manager, Ivan Shapovalov, specifically stating that t.A.T.u. is a “lesbian band”, and that they banned from having boyfriends. They are also denied from partying or going shopping during their free time, the magazine says.
Turkey Trumps Tatu At Eurovision
May 26, 2003 – t.A.T.u. had hinted they planned to shake up the Eurovision Song Contest when they sang ‘Don’t Believe, Don’t Fear, Don’t Ask,’ but the performance was free of any scandal, barring a brief kiss shared by the two on stage. “There is no disappointment,” Lena Katina told the Moscow Times after the duo finished third in the competition. “We didn’t expect anything here.”
Mom Says Tatu Star Lost Baby
May 26, 2003 – New India Press reports Julia Volkova lost her baby days before her 18th birthday, according to her mother Larissa Volkova. She says her daughter’s management hushed up the pregnancy fearing it would ruin t.A.T.u.’s lesbian act. The full story at newindpress.com has since been removed.
t.A.T.u. Finish Third At Eurovision
May 25, 2003 – Contributed anonymously:
After one of the most exciting voting results ever, Turkey won the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 in Riga, Latvia. During the final votes, it was a close race between Russia (t.A.T.u.), Belgium and the winner Turkey. Sertab Erener was the winner with ‘Everyway That I Can’ and was the representative for Turkey after an internal selection.
May 23, 2003 – Eurovision organizers are threatening to cut any lesbian antics quicker than a sex-op surgeon’s scalpel. They say they’ll expell Russia’s entry t.A.T.u. if there’s even a hint of on-stage comfortable shoe wearing. It’s the first time in the 48 year history of the competition that censorship has raised its angry, ugly head.