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