THE YEAR OF living fabulously
As she gears up to bring her latest tour home to Australia, Kylie Minogue tells Stellar about a whirlwind 12 months that have seen her find new love, reunite with old friends and “take ownership” of her path in life
urns out Kylie Minogue hates both birthday parties and surprises. Yet Minogue’s 50th birthday party, thrown at London’s celebrity haven Chiltern Firehouse in May – mere days after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle held their wedding after-party there – has changed her policy of a lifetime.
When she stepped inside, Minogue stumbled into a mini- Neighbours reunion (Guy Pearce and Jason Donovan were on the guest list) and her band had set up a small stage with guest duet partners. Her good friend, singer and Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears, played Kenny to her Dolly on a cover of 1983’s ‘Islands In The Stream’, while Rick Astley ( who also worked with mid-’80s hit makers Stock Aitken Waterman) serenaded her with his 1987 classic ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’.
“I was literally on cloud nine for two weeks after the party,” Minogue tells Stellar. “I could not calm down. It was a room full of memories and love and stories. It was incredible. I barely had time for a drink all night; I was just chatting, hugging, helloing – chatting, hugging, helloing. Amazing vibes. Every performance on the night was a surprise, and there were all these video messages I wasn’t expecting.
“I’m not that person to do big parties. Girlfriends would especially hassle me about birthday parties and I’d say, ‘ Why don’t the four of us just go for dinner?’ to try and
Minogue is coy when asked more about Solomons, who, like her mother Carol, is Welsh. They made their red-carpet debut at the GQ Awards in London in September. “When something’s precious, you want to handle it with care,” she tells Stellar. “We’re learning about each other’s worlds; of course there’s a part of his profession that crosses over to mine. I really just don’t want to say too much. He’s a great, great guy. We’re just doing our thing.”
Of course, Minogue knows her public yearns for her to find happiness in her private life. “I’m happy,” she tells Stellar. “I’m very aware people are happy when I’m happy. That is sweet.” There’s a long pause. “I will add that this year, with so many big things happening, it’s been lovely and wonderful to have someone who really is there. It’s great to have success in your life – to have someone to share that with is really amazing.”
Solomons is a music lover, fanboying over attending a concert by Minogue’s friend and mentor Nick Cave, who recently claimed the pop singer fills her texts to him with exclamation marks, and that she’s single-handedly bringing them back in a world filled with emoticons. “Well, there you go, another achievement for me this year,” Minogue jokes.
In July, Minogue and Solomons had another date night to see Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show. “I was working in New York, Paul came over so we could be together but specifically so we could see the Springsteen show. It’s everything people say; it’s emotional and it’s human and he’s incredible. I was really inspired on an artistic level, and it makes you think about your life, the person you’re there with and their life. One minute you’re howling with laughter and then you’ve got tears in your eyes.”
Springsteen turns 70 next year and remains one of the planet’s most successful touring acts. Cher just finished an Australian jaunt at the age of 72, asking “What’s your granny doing tonight?” at the start of every show. Minogue’s personal pop blueprints also reached landmark ages this year: Madonna turned 60, Olivia Newton-john hit 70.
The Australian started the year dreading being asked about her own milestone, titling her album Golden before realising the connection to a 50th anniversary, and even fielding questions about how long she plans to stay