It wasn’t an easy time for the future heart-breaker of millions of girls.
Studying at day-time and rehearsing at nights, he worked as a shop assistant for his living.
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Now producer Yana Rudkovskaya is in charge of the singer.
They’re not in a relationship, as many might have expected, as Bilan has introduced Russian model Lena Kuletskaya to be his girlfriend.
– said Bilan in his interview to RT – It was a very large part of my life and now it's deep inside me, in my heart and in my consciousness.
I can't pinpoint it exactly, he was more than a producer, he became a second father to me.” Bilan was not an immediate success.
Bilan spent his childhood in the Southern Russia, where he went to an ordinary music school and won several prizes for young talents, including an award for the “Young voices of Caucasus”.
And Bilan's first international performance probably happened by chance.
In 2004, while shooting a video for his song Between the Sky and Heaven in Venice the singer was improvising just for fun.
Selling clothes, he was dreaming of a career on stage, but not on an opera one.
He could easily perform complicated classical compositions, but realized that theatre was not for him, and was listening to Whitney Houston a lot, dreaming of a pop singer career.