“You can do the work and the re­sult isn’t there. You have to keep try­ing”

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in the game. Her go-to re­ply was a lyric from the al­bum: “We’re not young, we’re not old, we’re golden.”

Upon re­flec­tion, Minogue says of be­ing 50, “It’s about tak­ing own­er­ship of it. You can’t pre­tend it’s not hap­pen­ing – it’s about hav­ing a dif­fer­ent mind­set and a dif­fer­ent at­ti­tude.”

Even by her lofty stan­dards, Golden has been a ma­jor suc­cess. As well as reach­ing num­ber one in Aus­tralia and re­turn­ing her to com­mer­cial ra­dio with the hit ‘Danc­ing’, the coun­try-tinged pop al­bum has been par­tic­u­larly em­braced in the UK, where it’s gone gold and now spawned five sin­gles.

“You just never know how some­thing will go un­til it gets out there,” she says. “You just can’t force a project to do some­thing that isn’t its destiny. What has tran­spired has been bril­liant.”

An eter­nal hus­tler, Minogue has been pro­mot­ing and tour­ing the al­bum re­lent­lessly, from gay fes­ti­vals in Cal­i­for­nia to sta­dium shows across the UK and Eu­rope. “It’s been a crazy, busy year. But I’ve had crazy, busy years that were not as suc­cess­ful, like with [2014’s Kiss Me Once]. It’s only time and dis­tance where you can re­flect upon those things. You have to go into ev­ery cam­paign the same way be­cause you don’t know in ad­vance what will hap­pen. Some­times you have a feel­ing. I did think Golden was a risk worth tak­ing, but you can do all the work and the re­sult isn’t there. It might come later. But you have to keep try­ing. I look at some ac­tors’ work, and they do a lot of movies to get to the one that strikes gold. It’s the same with al­bums.”

Golden con­tains a song called ‘Shelby ’68’, a nod to her fa­ther Ron’s beloved car. Her par­ents are no­to­ri­ously me­dia-shy, stealthy at avoid­ing red car­pets and po­litely re­fus­ing in­ter­views. “Peo­ple have re­alised they’re just not in­ter­ested in the at­ten­tion,” she says. “They were hood­winked into it a cou­ple of times in the early days, back in the be­gin­ning. It would have scared the life out of them, par­tic­u­larly my mum. She barely likes be­ing in pic­tures at home. How Dan

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