Lis­ten­ing to her heart

This Aussie singer has looked deep inside for her lat­est al­bum, writes Cameron Adams

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Music -

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.

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