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

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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

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