Reports swirled in the Russian and Romanian media this month that t.A.T.u.'s Yulia Volkova (the homophobic brunette one, in case you didn't know) has been battling laryngeal cancer.

The truth is that Volkova has received surgery for throat issues, but for problems with her vocal chords, not cancer.

"I underwent another surgery a few days ago in Seoul, and previously had one in Germany," she recently told Russia's Hello magazine. "It's not easy, but I'm still singing and recording new songs. When things improve, I'll start working on my solo album."

The 29-year-old made global headlines this year after a planned t.A.T.u. reunion was cancelled after just two weeks due to in-fighting between the members. She later caused controversy once again in September after stating that she wouldn't accept having a gay son, but that a lesbian daughter would be fine because "lesbians look aesthetically much nicer than two men holding their hands or kissing."

Despite disapproving of gay men everywhere, the gay-for-pay singer (who evidently, can no longer sing) had no moral objection to posing half-naked for Russian Playboy earlier this year.

Luckily for Volkova it doesn't take a good voice to make a career as a Playboy model -- just a big pair of plastic tits and a trout pout will do.

[Via Yulistas]

Yulia Volkova, one of the faux-lesbian gay-for-pay chicks who make up cheesy Russian pop duo, t.A.T.u. is actually an ignorant, raging homophobe in real life.

Wait, what, hold up? What about all that girl-on-girl kissing, tonguing, petting? Why, it simply doesn’t compute!

However, in Yulia’s twisted mind, it all makes perfect sense—the 29-year-old recently shared her bigoted hateful views with the Russian public, claiming during a TV interview, she would "condemn" her son for being gay.

When the interviewer asked how she would react if her son was gay, she explained, “I would condemn him, because I believe that a real man must be a real man. God created man for procreation, it is the nature. The man for me is the support, the strength of... I won't accept a gay son.”

Paradoxically, if her daughter came out as a lesbian…all good! ‘Cuz it’s hot, Volkova claimed, explaining girl-on-girl action is "aesthetically much nicer” (presumably, she’s referring to straight male pornography depictions of “lesbians” here, because I’ve seen plenty in my time that most certainly wouldn’t fit many people’s idea of “aesthetically much nicer”….

“Two girls together - not the same thing as the two men together,” she said. “It seems to me that lesbians look aesthetically much nicer than two men holding their hands or kissing.”

Oh! That explains it! So, she’s NOT homophobic? No, no, of course not, it's just a matter of aesthetics! In fact, as Volkova went on to explain—she hasn’t got anything against gay men, per se, in fact she thinks they are "a little better" than murderers!—she just wants her own son to be a “real” man!

“But! I want to say that I'm not against gays, I just want my son to be a real man, not a fag,” she said, seemingly unaware that dropping the F-bomb doesn't really go far towards proving her non-homophobia claims....Oh, but wait! It gets EVEN better!

“I have many gay friends," she continued. "I believe that being gay is all still better than murderers, thieves or drug addicts. If you choose out of all this, being gay a little better than the rest.”

Well, that clears it all up then!

Thankfully however, in what affords us a little glimmer of hope for the future of human rights in Putin’s Russia—Lena Katina, the other half of tAtU, has a WAY better outlook.

The 29-year-old made it clear, in a Facebook post, that she most definitely does NOT share her bandmate’s beliefs.

"Hey, all! I am seeing some comments lately regarding my position about LGBT and my religion. I can say one thing: God is teaching us to live in love, to be tolerant and not to judge other people! And I do so! Love is love and it is a wonderful feeling! I think everybody should be free to love who they love and be with who they want to spend their life with! Xoxo"

Amen to that sister!

Via Independent

We already know that t.A.T.u.'s Yulia Volkova and Lena Katina hate each other and aren't continuing with their short-lived plans to make a comeback, but the feuding duo have been forced to work together recently due to some pesky contractual agreements.

The former faux-lovers recently shot a music video for t.A.T.u.'s unofficial farewell single, however, all their scenes were filmed separately and the pair reportedly didn't interact the entire time at Lena's request.

We got an offer, then we agreed to it, then Yulia and I had something unfortunate happen," Lena revealed during an on-set interview. "So now I am finishing my duties in accordance with the contract and we are shooting separately.”

Yulia also had a few things to say on the matter, and she didn't hold back on the shade.

I am totally positive. I don’t have any negative emotions towards Lena, everything is great for me! I don’t know what she is talking about, what knives, what guns? Who needs her, who is she? Who needs her?

Can MTV or VH1 just please give these two a reality show already? I'd watch it!

[Via ta-tu tumblr]

Have you guys been keeping up with all the t.A.T.u. drama? You know, how the pair reunited to perform at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics and then announced their official comeback, only to break up again after just one week due to infighting?

Well, we recently got some good news that the Russian pop duo's new single is still going to premiere on radio despite their recent split, but that doesn't mean that they're back on speaking terms.

In a new interview with Russia's Heat, Lena Katina says that while she's still contractually obliged to film a video with bandmate Yulia Volkova for a pre-arranged project, the two are not on speaking terms -- in fact, they can't even be in the same room together.

"I will not change my decision regarding the group and communication with Yulia. I am flying to Kraków to shoot a movie and the video. This song is not a t.A.T.u. song, it is a joint creative project from Lena Kiper’s company made of four people, including Yulia, Ligalize, and Mike Tompkins, with whom I have obligations which I must fulfill. The only condition for me is to not come across Yulia anywhere, not in the shooting or the studio, which is why we are flying separately and will be shooting at different times. I am not holding a grudge against Yulia, but there is a moment when the time comes that you say, ‘enough’."

While Lena's clearly not playing nice with Yulia any longer (just look at her initial statement about the split), Yulia's playing down the drama and insisting that things are "fine" between them.

We've got no idea what the real truth behind this beef is, but whatever it is, it doesn't look like we'll be seeing a real t.A.T.u. reunion any time soon.

[Translation via Ta-Tu Tumblr]