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Noughties queer icons Tatu are making a comeback

A decade after the pair’s official split

Noughties pop icons Tatu have announced their return 20 years after they made waves on MTV screens across the world.

The Russian duo, real names Lena Katina and Julia Volkova, rose to fame following their 2002 single “All The Things She Said”, the music video which saw the pair kiss each other on camera in a then-controversial display queerness.

Upon its release, the music video was banned on ITV in the UK, while campaigns attempting to censor the track claimed it pandered to lesbians and paedophiles. 

A decade after their official split, the pair are back with the promise to return to stage next year (2022), according to a video posted in Russian by Volkova.

Despite the success of “All The Things She Said”, which catapulted the pair into becoming queer icons, Volkova came under fire in 2014 for suggesting that she would refuse to accept a gay son in her family.

Speaking on a Russian TV talk show, Volkova is asked if she would condemn her son if he was gay, to which she said: “Yes, I would condemn him, because I believe that a real man must be a real man.”

Katina responded to homophobic comments made by her bandmate, saying: “Everybody should be free to love who they love.”

Volkova later backtracked on her comments, posting on her official Facebook page, “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!”

Refresh your memory by watching the “All The Things She Said” music video below.