Lard of the Dance?
updated 10/06/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 10/06/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT
So heavy, in fact, that the Russian press reported that her frequent partner Yevgeny Ivanchenko quit the Bolshoi because of injuries incurred while lifting her. He has since, denied it, but the damage was done. "I am in such distress," says Volochkova, 27, who joined the Bolshoi in 1998. "It is a terrible thing for all the world to think I'm too big."
Not that making headlines is anything new for her. In recent years Volochkova—who once said she "couldn't live" without ice cream—has faced accusations of divalike behavior and been linked to a number of high-profile men (including, according to some papers, Jim Carrey). Her next move? Suing to get reinstated. Says Volochkova: "I just want to dance."