Dan­nii’s in­ner tur­moil

Dan­nii Minogue sets the record straight to Dar­ren Dev­lyn on life, feel­ing close to death and mother­hood

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ARE­CENT health trauma could prove a turn­ing point in the life of Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent judge Dan­nii Minogue. While Minogue and Kris Smith, the fa­ther of their 11-month-old son Ethan, have re­leased a state­ment deny­ing they are en­dur­ing re­la­tion­ship tur­moil, Minogue says be­ing rushed to hos­pi­tal in Bri­tain over Easter has re­minded her that fam­ily must be her num­ber-one pri­or­ity.

‘‘ I wish I’d never had one,’’ Minogue says of the ap­pen­dix that was re­moved through emer­gency surgery.

‘‘ Any­one who says it (acute ap­pen­dici­tis) is the most painful thing: I hear you.’’

More painful than the 20-hour labour she en­coun­tered with Ethan?

‘‘ That was ac­tu­ally a breeze (by com­par­i­son). Af­ter two hours of ap­pen­dix pain I called my doc­tor and said, ‘ I think I’m dy­ing and if I don’t get to hos­pi­tal right now I will be dead’,’’ she says.

‘‘ I had no idea what it was at that stage.

‘‘ I was out vis­it­ing a friend and started feel­ing un­well and it got worse and worse.

‘‘ The ac­tual thought go­ing through my head was I’m go­ing to die. I couldn’t move.

‘‘ Be­ing in that much pain and not know­ing what it was, was just hor­ren­dous.

‘‘ I’m just a new mum, I’ve got a lit­tle baby to look af­ter. It was re­ally scary.

‘‘ They (sur­geons) whipped it (ap­pen­dix) out.

‘‘ It’s been a mas­sive cou­ple of years for me.

‘‘ Peo­ple just don’t know the toll it takes, go­ing back and forth to Lon­don. I’m here, I’m there, I hop off, then I keep go­ing again. I’m re­ally happy, but any health scare is a wakeup call and you re­ally en­joy that time to sit back and breathe for a bit.’’

Spec­u­la­tion was rife at the week­end Minogue and Smith were split­ting as a re­sult of them strug­gling to bal­ance the de­mands of work and fam­ily.

Ru­mours of tur­moil be­gan af­ter the cou­ple re­port­edly took to Twit­ter in a se­ries of am­bigu­ous up­dates.

Me­dia in Bri­tain in­ter­preted the tweets as signs of re­la­tion- ship strain. Minogue is said to have tweeted: ‘‘ Never chase love. If it isn’t given freely by an­other per­son, it’s not worth hav­ing." She added: ‘‘ For­giv­ing some­one does not mean for­get­ting what they did.

‘‘ It sim­ply means let­ting go of the hurt.’’ Smith al­legedly re­sponded: ‘‘ You don’t know what you have ’ til it’s gone.’’

The spec­u­la­tion has prompted the cou­ple to re­lease a state­ment say­ing, ‘‘ Thanks for your concern. We’re happy to be back at home in Mel­bourne Glam­our: Dan­nii Minogue says she’s ‘‘very clucky’’ for an­other child to­gether as a fam­ily. We are com­mit­ted to our re­la­tion­ship and Ethan as al­ways.’’

Minogue will not be part of the new sea­son of The X-Fac­tor in Bri­tain and says she will think care­fully be­fore com­mit­ting to more TV work be­cause of the im­pact on her fam­ily. She will take a break when AGT ends, then make a trip to Bri­tain to work on her cloth­ing la­bel and a new book.

Minogue ad­mits it’s been dif­fi­cult cut­ting ties with The X-Fac­tor, given the show’s mas­sive rat­ings clout.

‘‘ It’s the big­gest show there (UK) and I put heart and soul into it and it’s nice to leave on a high,’’ Minogue says.

‘‘ But who knows about the fu­ture ... watch this space.

‘‘ This ( AGT) is my baby, I’ve been here since day one and wouldn’t want to walk out on this one.

‘‘ I’m not go­ing to take on any­thing mas­sive (ex­tra TV) just yet. I’m re­ally happy to have a bit of head space and I want a bit of ‘ mum time’ and be back home and set­tle in.

‘‘ I want to make a de­ci­sion with real clar­ity. It’s com­mit­ting your name, your face, your pas­sion (to a TV pro­ject).

‘‘ It’s time away from your fam­ily and your baby. If it’s a show in the UK it’s a huge up­root and re­lo­ca­tion for me to take the fam­ily there.’’

There’s also the pos­si­bil­ity that Minogue, 39, will at some point have an­other baby.

She’s been busily plan­ning for Ethan’s first birth­day party in July and mar­vels at his de­vel­op­ment. ‘‘ I’m very clucky,’’ she says. ‘‘ I was look­ing at pic­tures of him last night and you just melt. I’m still ad­just­ing to the work­load of this baby but it would be amaz­ing (to have an­other) one day.’’ Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent Chan­nel 7, Tues­day, 7.30pm

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