Russia’s Dima Bilan is busy, busy, busy. In May he released his latest single “Inseparable” — with a video that featured the world famous model Emily Ratajkowski — and just last month he joined Polina Gagarina for the Olympic torch relay in Brazil. Such a packed schedule would take its toll on the best of us, and so fans started to worry as Dima began to look increasingly gaunt and thin in photographs. Was he working too hard? Was he ill? Or worse? Soon Russian tabloids kicked the rumour mill into overdrive, forcing the Eurovision 2008 winner to explain his dramatic weight loss.

Most of us first came across Dima as a scrawny 24 year old, when he sang for Russia at Eurovision 2006. He returned to the contest two years later with a buff new look (as illustrated in the featured image above), earning Russia it’s first ever victory. Obviously the “Believe” singer’s image has constantly evolved over the intervening years, but it’s only in recent months that fans grew alarmed. His newest Instagram posts show a much leaner and bonier Dima than we’re used to, a look that’s emphasised by his fondness for topless shots. However, even when fully clothed the change was clear. When we reported on his trip to Brazil, many of y’all picked up on it in the comments section. One reader went so far as to raise the spectre of cancer.

However, in the past few days, Dima has gone some way towards quelling fans’ anxiety. On Instagram he wrote:

Water-happiness is around ! Off to massage! ! ////////// I DO NOT want to gain weight though, cause it’s easier to move around like this, and the artist must starve !!!!!!!!!!!!!! You better tell me some cool stories, for the tone maintenance and for the inspiration to conquer the world!)

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He elaborated further in an interview with Russian website KP.

I just decided to relieve himself a little bit, because the touring routine does not contribute to the proper diet. And since January… I decided to listen to my body and be more attentive to my health. Now I practice a raw food diet. I go in for sports. I eat often, but little. I try to eat porridge in the morning. I’ve just become more selective with what I eat.

So crisis averted, Dima’s not dying. The singer is simply doing like other superstars and extreme dieting. It’s not ideal, but hey, who are we to judge? We can only presume that Dima is consulting with professional nutritionists or dietitians, because cutting out whole food groups is not a good idea. We like our popstars fighting fit, and a balanced and healthy diet is part of the package.

What do you think of Dima’s new dieting regime? Do you approve? Let us know in the comments below.

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Main Photo: Dima Bilan @bilanofficial (Instagram) / EBU

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Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
4 years ago

sexy!

jamaladingdong
jamaladingdong
4 years ago

He looks like a rock star now.

esc1234
esc1234
4 years ago

He looks older than he is and unhealthy. Something is wrong here

Maru from Sergeyland Lol
Maru from Sergeyland Lol
4 years ago

@Leaf Is he vegan?

Leaf
Leaf
4 years ago

Healthy lifestyle makes you look healthy, If he truly eats raw and healthy he would have had a nice little glow to his skin BUT he looks starved and grey.
Sorry to say, there might be more to the story of him just being VEGAN.

Christina
Christina
4 years ago

I love him but i hope he will understand that he doesnt look healthy.In eurovision he was thin but in a good way.Take care of your self,Dima!

Romeo
Romeo
4 years ago

I think he’s on cocaine. At least sometimes he acts in a weird way.

Nitzan
Nitzan
4 years ago

He was good looking once 🙁

Dima looks old and unhealthy, and reading what he says, I’m not convinced about his mental stability. But then again, I never was…

This is my opinion (TIMO)
This is my opinion (TIMO)
4 years ago

First of all he is seemed confident with his new look not bothered at all for going naked having his pictures taken and even going online etc. Where people especially his fans would want to know the truth why he has lost weight and rather looking much older than the normal while he is still young. Since he explained his reason I guess there is not much else people can say about this although his new look is worrying kind. Hope it’s not anything serious or it won’t lead to problem going on diet leading to dramatic change. Once you… Read more »

fikri
fikri
4 years ago

i think he looks great. that weight loss really enhances his cheekbones. werq.

John Conway
John Conway
4 years ago

Dima is ill – that’s clear for everyone to see. That story about new eating habits is a load of BS . He looks old and tired too. There’s something he’s not telling us .

SummerWine=Plum
SummerWine=Plum
4 years ago

It looks as if Dima’s got a little carried away, but it will pass soon. In most cases it does.

chessguy99
4 years ago

Looks like he totally cut all fats and sugars out of his diet. I’ve seen people try that before, but most can’t keep up because you have to eat regularly, as you have no stored energy that comes from sugars and fat. He looks fine, nothing in that head shot indicates anything more than a guy who watches what he eats.

Maxie #1
Maxie #1
4 years ago

Oh my god was has happened, he was so hot and so good looking, and he’s ruined it all. He looks old and skeletal :'(

Elina
Elina
4 years ago

His touring routine obviously affects his nutrition plan so he knows better …he doesn’t do that to lose weight but in order to protect his health and weight loss is a consequence ..let’s just wish him health and success )))

tvfan
tvfan
4 years ago

Marion Bartoli says the same thing at the beginning and she finished in a hospital…

Cutie
Cutie
4 years ago

I just hope it’s not an eating disorder..

Darren
Darren
4 years ago

The dramatic weight-loss just really doesn’t suit him. He looks about 45 and very weak. He didn’t just tone down his buff image …but he’s like a completely different person. He wouldn’t say if he was ill anyway, he would keep it under wraps, so I still believe he has some sort of ailment. He definitely looks ill.

davve
davve
4 years ago

Sounds weird. He looks not healthy.

katte
katte
4 years ago

He looks so much older and weaker when he’s this skinny but if it’s for his best then who am I to judge? We’ll see what happens.