Ruben Studdard Given Ultimatum: Diet or Die Young

American Idol winner Ruben Studdard is alleged to have reached nearly 400 pounds since his divorce from Surata McCants. According to insiders, family members are now concerned Studdard may “die tragically young” if he doesn’t take care of his health sooner-rather-than-later.

“Now his loved ones fear he will die tragically young,” says a source. “He agrees he needs to get help, and everyone is praying he’ll succeed.”

As widely reported in 2006, Studdard lost over 60lbs in a weight loss program but, sources say the divorce and battle over a prenup that came with it has caused him to put the weight back on.

“It’s diet or DIE for Ruben,” a source tells the National Enquirer.

Studdard did make a series of appearances in support of his latest album “Letters From Birmingham” in March. He also made an appearance on Atlanta’s “Good Day Atlanta (Fox)” last week but did not discuss his alleged struggle.

“It’s just a great opportunity to have an outlet to express yourself musically,” Studdard told Good Day Atlanta. “Just to have the ability to have a ninth or tenth single and five albums is a blessing for me.”

Studdard has not, as of yet, commented on the National Enquirer story. You can however catch him on the Dove Awards, airing Tuesday, April 24 on GMC.