Listening to her heart
This Aussie singer has looked deep inside for her latest album, writes Cameron Adams
DELTA Goodrem knows the media aren’t just there for the good times. Since her split from fiance Brian McFadden, lurid speculation about what went wrong made headlines.
‘‘ People don’t know what went on,’’ Goodrem, 27, says. ‘‘ They only know at surface level.’’
This is something neither plans to change, as both signed confidentiality clauses when they parted in April last year after seven years together.
But Goodrem ( pictured), who has long claimed her music is where she’s most honest, seemingly dropped hints on new single Dancing With A Broken Heart.
Lyrics about pain, burying the past and liars are dark compared with Goodrem’s usual ‘‘ love and light’’ motto.
‘‘ It wasn’t a light chapter by any means,’’ Goodrem says before reverting to her default positivity setting.
‘‘ At the same time I get great strength from that song. It’s about standing in truth and rising above any situation. Even though it hurts, you just keep moving on and dancing.’’
Goodrem has made deflection an art form. She’s aware people think the song is her statement on McFadden. She wants you to be the judge.
‘‘ As you grow up, different changes happen, betrayals happen. It’s not specifically about one thing, it’s about many different relationships of friends, work, anything . . . when people disappoint, you have to rise above with dignity,’’ she says.
‘‘ It’s been new experiences over the past years, and I’m writing about them because I’ve not had them before. I’m trying to deal with everything in the best way I know how, which is expression through song.’’
Pressed, Goodrem says she’s in a good place now regarding McFadden, who marries Irish DJ Vogue Williams in Europe next month.
‘‘ I only wish him the best. There’s nothing more to talk about when it comes to that chapter. It’s in the past. Everything happens for a reason. Keep your head high and be dignified. Right now it’s the time of my life.’’
After being highly public with McFadden, Goodrem is playing the ‘‘ just friends’’ card with rumoured new beau Darren McMullen.
On- set gossip suggested their relationship blossomed on The Voice ( she was a mentor, he the host) and they’ve been photographed together in LA and reunited this week in London.
‘‘ He’s a really close friend of mine,’’ Goodrem says.
‘‘ I didn’t realise I had to announce anything officially when I spend time with somebody, but I really enjoy his company. But we’re friends. Just friends. I’ve learnt from my past relationships I’d like to keep things to myself. I’m learning as I go.’’
Goodrem is about to return to her day job, releasing music, and is putting the finishing touches on her fourth album Child Of The Universe.
Producer Steve Booker ( Duffy, Rebecca Ferguson) is finishing When My Stars Come Out this week. Other titles include Touch (‘‘ that’s such an important song’’), Safe To Believe ( written with ex- boyfriend Nick Jonas), I’m Not Ready, Dancing With a Broken Heart and the deeply personal Wish You Were Here, about the death of a close friend.
‘‘ Any song on this record could be a single and I’d be proud,’’ she says.