In what is being touted her most raw and candid interview ever, Kylie Minogue opened up about her harrowing battle with breast cancer with her close friend Molly Meldrum on an Australian television program, to share her story of recovery with other women suffering with the illness.
The emotional interview, during which the diminutive singer broke down before leaving the room to recover, took place on the eve of her spectacular Aphrodite World Tour, the night which also marked her hugely significant five year, all clear mark.
Meldrum complimented Kylie on her “brave” battle with the disease, but she corrected him: ‘You might have seen the bravery. I don’t think the public saw… well, I stayed indoors.
“My family got me through really rotten, dark moments.”
When Meldrum referred to the moment Kylie met up with a sick child and its parents in a children’s hospital, Kylie struggled to compose herself, as tears welled up in her eyes:
“I was talking to some parents across the other side of a bed and their child was there.
“I was saying the things that I would normally say in that situation, just making conversation with the child, with the parents, giving them some support as well.
“And then, they really caught me off guard, they just eyeballed me and said, “How are you, and we hope you get through it” and it’s like…”
“The reason that that gets me is, and the greatest part of my job and what I do is the humanity of it, and there’s certain moments where that really cuts through.”
In an interview with the Herald Sun, a week earlier, Kylie said: “The five-year mark is the end of this month and I feel like I’m back
“I’ll have a few mixed emotions on the day. I wanted to do a concert but now I’m on tour myself. I don’t know what to do. Obviously, it’s going to be exciting but it’s also going to be surreal and momentous and a bit scary.
“You stop taking medication you’ve been dependent on; that’s your safety net. We’ll see … ”
One thing the feisty star does know with certainty is that she would like to have children one day, although she knows that her chances of conceiving are very slim due to the aggressive treatment she had to undergo to treat her breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most prominent form of cancer for woman in the US and the UK, with two out of three woman surviving the disease beyond 20 years.
When asked by Spain’s Grazia magazine whether she would ever consider surrogacy or adoption, the 43-year-old pop star said: “I do think about them and I would absolutely look into those options because children and family are very important to me. It’s something in my mind.”
At the time she was hugely enamoured with Andres Velencoso, and asked whether there’d be wedding bells the star said: “I have a very special man. I might get married, you never know…”
Kylie kicked off her Aphrodite Les Folies world tour in Denmark and performed a total of 36 concerts in Europe before moving onto Asia and North America.