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On July 26, Redhead from Ivanushki, the informal leader of the group, singer Andrei Grigoriev-Appolonov, turned 51 years old. It's hard to believe in this, because he is still the same as 25 years ago, continues to perform in one of the most "long-playing" and most successful musical groups, performing all the same super hits of the 1990s. and still wins girls' hearts. In his hometown of Sochi, the sculpture "Lucky" was installed, the prototype of which was the singer, but neither to himself, nor to those who know him well, he no longer seems at all lucky and carefree "sunny boy", as he was considered all his life …
Many are sure that the singer himself invented a sonorous pseudonym for himself, but in fact Grigoriev-Appolonov is his real name, and it is written with two "p", not with two "l". He grew up in Sochi, where his mother worked as an administrator of the Winter Theater, and his father as a surgeon, and then as the head physician of a children's hospital. Andrei decided to become an artist when he was not even 10 years old. He graduated from a music school in piano, and his first spectators were passers-by on the embankment, where he danced in the company of street breakers. Grigoriev-Appolonov began his career as a model in the Sochi fashion theater, and at the pedagogical school, where he entered after school, he was a DJ and a mass entertainer, and also performed in a local ensemble. Later, Andrei graduated from the pop department of the Russian Academy of Theater Arts.
The most charming of the "Ivanushki"
Andrey Grigoriev-Appolonov at the end of 1994 became the very first member of the Ivanushki International group. Initially, producer Igor Matvienko planned that it would have three guys and two girls. Red brought Igor Sorin to the team, with whom he performed in the USA in the musical "Metro", then Kirill Andreev joined them, but no suitable female soloists could be found, and it was decided to leave only three of them in the group. The name also did not appear immediately: among the options were the "Union of Apollo", "Pencils", "Sunflowers" and even "The Third Internated". Once the poet-songwriter Herman Vitke said that the soloists outwardly are “the spitting image of Ivanushki,” Matvienko picked up his idea and added “International”.
For the first couple of years no one knew Ivanushek, they performed in Moscow schools, clubs and casinos, but after the clip for "Clouds" was released, incredible popularity fell upon them. 1996 to 1998 the group toured all over the country. They left the stage in a triple ring of riot police, fans chased them everywhere, fans were on duty at the entrance and overpowered in the streets. The redhead has always been the most smiling, charming and charismatic, and therefore the girls literally tore him to pieces. And he willingly took advantage of this success - according to him, pauses in the relationship he had "perhaps half a day."
For half a year, the singer met with the winner of an international beauty contest, later spent 3 years in a civil marriage with Maria Lopatova, and in 2008 he married Maria Bankova, who gave him two children. Before the official marriage, they lived for 5 years in de facto. In 2019, it became known that after 16 years spent together, their family union broke up, and Maria left the singer for basketball player Andrei Zubkov. It seemed to many that after the divorce, Grigoriev-Appolonov again went "all bad".They said that his wife left the singer because of his bad habits, but he himself denied this.
Today, the group, already in its third line-up, continues to actively tour on the wave of the popularity of music in the 1990s. True, the fame of Ivanushki cannot be compared with their incredible triumph of 25 years ago, and Ryzhiy calls their team an "oldboy band" and a broken shed with a signboard "Supermarket" - these are the associations that the name of the group evokes in him. Grigoriev-Appolonov explains the phenomenon of unquenchable interest in their team in our days as follows: "".
The fact that Red is abusing alcohol has been known since the founding of the group. But lately, the singer's colleagues and acquaintances have been talking about this more and more often - obviously, he was never able to cope with the bad habit, which he was going to get rid of on the eve of the band's anniversary concert. Then Andrei promised the fans and the producer to quit drinking and for a while really kept himself in control, but later again news about his drunk dancing on stage began to appear. The artist admitted: "".
The producer of the group Igor Matvienko does not deny that the singer has serious problems with alcohol. He is sure that his breakdowns have nothing to do with divorce or other life difficulties - he always had a bad habit, and these are all "reasons and excuses." Although the artist really had a lot of such reasons. In 1998, Andrei's father and his friend and colleague Igor Sorin left one after another. He took these losses very hard and drank heavily then, and a new shock for him was the fact that Oleg Yakovlev, who took Sorin's place in the group in 2017, also died prematurely. A month after that, the elder sister of Grigoriev-Appolonov passed away. After 2 years, his wife left the singer, whom he, according to him, continued to love.
Matvienko fears that one day the habit of drowning grief in a glass may lead Andrei to the edge of the abyss, because due to abuse, he has more than once had health problems, and at this age it is already necessary to take such alarming calls more seriously. Igor Matvienko admitted that it hurts him to see what is happening with the singer, because he is engaged in self-destruction. According to the producer, these problems have become the reverse side of the fame of Grigoriev-Appolonov, which "does not make you happier, but, on the contrary, devastates."
The artist himself never admitted that he was going through a crisis, but at the same time he spoke more than once that he felt the discrepancy between his age, inner self-awareness and lifestyle. He calls himself infantile and "stuck at an indefinite age", and on the occasion of his 50th birthday in one of the interviews he admitted: "". On the eve of his 50th anniversary, the artist again announced his intention to overcome the bad habit and lead a healthy lifestyle. We can only hope that this time he will really succeed.
There is still a lot of debate about the reasons for this tragedy: The mystery of the premature departure of "Ivanushka" Igor Sorin.