(Australian Associated Press)
Kylie Minogue has choked up while talking about her ex-boyfriend Michael Hutchence during a radio interview in Britain.
The 47-year-old singer was the guest on BBC Radio 4’s long-running Desert Island Discs show on Sunday when she opened up about the INXS founder who was found dead in a Sydney hotel room in 1997.
Minogue, who reportedly dated Hutchence between 1989 and 1991, picked the INXS hit Need You Tonight as one of her desert island choices on the show.
“It’s getting me very emotional,” she said, her voice cracking.
“I met a new person and I fell in love. Yes, he was this wild guy, he was the rocker, he was all of that. But I’m always at pains to say, he was Byron-esque, he was poetic, he was cultured and hilarious and tender, he was all of these other things.
“I guess, I was at the perfect age, I was 21 years old, to get the butterfly wings and go out into the world and we collided at that time and I guess he just fast-tracked some of it. Anyway, it was a glorious time. I loved it.”
Minogue credited Hutchence, who died aged 37, with rebuilding her confidence as she learned how to perform live in front of audiences.
“Professionally, he was so supportive. Someone called me the singing budgie in Australia as a knock.
“So I did this warm-up gig and we said. `It’s the singing budgie, take that, own it and go out’.
“We did this little gig and I was so inexperienced at doing live performance. I feel my career is backwards. I started successful then I had to learn everything in front of everyone,” Minogue said.
“I mean he was uber, uber famous. He’s an icon already. And he was in the middle of the audience, just gazing up at me, and just willing me, willing me with all of his heart and his love to do well, and he believed in me.
“And it was at a time when so many people didn’t.”
Minogue also talked about the new man in her life, 28-year-old actor Joshua Sasse.
“I have a love in my life, which is a beautiful thing. I’m on cloud nine most of the time because of Mr Joshua Sasse, my beau.”
The former Neighbours star also talked about the possibility of having children.
“I want more out life. Who knows if family is one of my horizons. But if that were to happen that would be incredible.