Kylie Ann Minogue (born May 28, 1968) is an Australian singer-songwriter
and occasional actress. Minogue rose to prominence in the late 1980s,
as a result of her role in the Australian television soap opera
Neighbours, before commencing her career as a pop recording artist.
Signed to a contract by British songwriters and producers Stock,
Aitken & Waterman, she achieved a string of hit records throughout
the world, but her popularity began to decline by the early 1990s,
leading her to part company from Stock, Aitken & Waterman in
1992. For several years she attempted to establish herself as an
independent performer and songwriter, distancing herself from her
earlier work. Her projects were widely publicised, but her albums
failed to attract a substantial audience and resulted in the lowest
sales of her career.
In 2000, Minogue returned to popularity as a dancepop artist
and became well-known for her provocative music videos and expensively
mounted stage shows. She has established one of the longest and
most successful careers as a performer in contemporary pop music,
and in Europe and Australia, she has become one of her generation's
most recognisable celebrities and sex symbols. In Australia, after
being dismissed early in her career by many critics, she has been
acclaimed for her achievements; she holds the record for the highest
concert ticket sales for a female performer, and has attained nine
number-ones on the ARIA singles chart.
Childhood and beginning
Kylie Minogue was born in Melbourne, Australia, to an Australian
father, Ron Minogue, and a Welsh mother, Carol Jones who had immigrated
as a child from Maesteg, Wales in 1955 to Townsville, Queensland.
Kylie is the eldest of three children; her sister Dannii Minogue
(born Danielle Jane Minogue) is also a pop singer, and her brother,
Brendan, works as a news cameraman in Australia. The Minogue sisters
began their careers as children on Australian television, and from
the age of 11, Minogue appeared in soap operas such as Skyways,
The Sullivans and The Henderson Kids without attracting much attention.
Dannii Minogue became successful as a regular performer on the weekly
music programme Young Talent Time, in which Kylie gave her first
singing performance in 1983. Kylie was overshadowed by her younger
sister until achieving success in 1986 with her role in the soap
Minogue played the character of Charlene Mitchell; a story arc
that created a romance between her character and that played by
her then real-life boyfriend Jason Donovan culminated in a wedding
episode in 1987 that attracted a record audience. Her popularity
in Australia was demonstrated when she became the first person to
win four Logie Awards in one event, including the "Gold Logie"
as the country's "Most Popular Television Performer",
with the result determined by public vote. Neighbours began screening
in the United Kingdom in 1987, and it achieved high ratings.
Recording and performing career
Stock, Aitken and Waterman: 1987 1992
During a charity event in Melbourne with other Neighbours cast members,
Minogue performed Little Eva's "The Loco-Motion" and was
signed to a recording contract with Mushroom Records in 1987. Released
as a single, and retitled "Locomotion", the Australian
recording spent seven weeks at number one on the Australian music
charts, and was the year's highest selling single. Its success resulted
in Minogue travelling to London to work with Stock, Aitken &
Waterman. They knew little of Minogue and had forgotten that she
was arriving; as a result, they wrote "I Should Be So Lucky"
while she waited outside the studio. Her debut album Kylie, a collection
of dance songs, reached number one on the British albums chart and
became the year's highest-selling album. It sold over seven million
copies worldwide, with most sales occurring in Europe and Asia,
and it contained six successful singles, which includes the largest
success "I Should Be So Lucky". It was only in the United
States and Canada where the album did not sell strongly; however,
the re-recorded version of "The Loco-Motion" reached number
three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the
Canadian CRIA Singles Chart. In late 1988, Minogue departed from
Neighbours in order to concentrate fully on her music career.
A duet with Jason Donovan, titled "Especially for You"
was a major success in the United Kingdom in early 1989. The critic
Kevin Killian wrote that it was "majestically awful... makes
the Diana Ross, Lionel Richie "Endless Love" sound like
Mahler". Another critic named her "The Singing Budgie",
in part because she is only 5ft 1in (1.55 m) tall and this tag continued
to be used by her detractors over the coming years. Chris True's
comment about the album Kylie for All Music Guide suggests that
Minogue's appeal transcended the limitations of her music, by noting
that "her cuteness makes these rather vapid tracks bearable".
Her follow up album Enjoy Yourself (1989) was a success in the
United Kingdom, Europe and Australia, and contained several successful
singles, but it failed throughout North America, and Minogue was
dropped by her American record label Geffen Records. She embarked
on her first concert tour in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium
and Australia, where Melbourne's The Herald Sun wrote that it was
"time to ditch the snobbery and face factsthe kid's a
star". Minogue had become Stock, Aitken and Waterman's highest
selling act, so in the face of widespread comment that the second
album was a poor imitation of the first, it was decided to adjust
the overall style of her music.
Rhythm of Love (1990) presented a more sophisticated and adult style
of dance music and also marked the first signs of rebellion against
her production team and the "girl-next-door" image. Determined
to be accepted by a more mature audience, Minogue took control of
her music videos, starting with "Better the Devil You Know",
and presented herself as a sexually aware adult. A relationship with
INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence furthered her attempts to gain
acceptance as a mature performer, with Hutchence saying his favourite
hobby was "corrupting Kylie", and writing the INXS hit song
"Suicide Blonde" in reference to her.
The singles from Rhythm of Love sold well in Europe and Australia
and were popular in British nightclubs where Minogue started to
be regarded as fashionable by the older audience she had targeted.
When "Shocked" reached the British Top 10 in 1991, she
became the first recording artist to place their first 13 single
releases in the Top 10. In May 1990, Minogue performed her band's
arrangement of The Beatles's "Help!" before a crowd of
25,000 at the John Lennon: The Tribute Concert on the banks of the
River Mersey in Liverpool. Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon offered Minogue
their thanks for her support of "The John Lennon Fund",
while the media commented positively on her performance. The Sun
wrote "The soap star wows the Scousers - Kylie Minogue deserved
her applause". Minogue's contract had been for three albums,
but she was persuaded to record a fourth. Let's Get to It (1991)
was designed to broaden her appeal by presenting a diverse range
of ballads and slower dance songs, but despite positive reviews
it failed to make the British Top 10. Still, a British concert tour
in late 1991 sold out. In Australia her popularity of the previous
By this time Minogue had fulfilled the requirements of her contract
and elected not to renew it. She had often expressed the viewpoint
that she was stifled by Stock, Aitken and Waterman, and later compared
the experience to her time with Neighbours, saying all they wanted
her to do was "learn your lines... perform your lines, no time
for questions, promote the product". Realising that her fans
were growing apathetic towards the Stock, Aitken and Waterman formula,
and that she could only develop as an artist if she broke away from
them, she decided to leave. She agreed to record three new songs
to be included on the Greatest Hits album, which was released to
coincide with her departure from them in 1992. The album reached
number one in the United Kingdom, but the new singles were only
Deconstruction: 1993 1998
Minogue's subsequent signing with Deconstruction Records was highly
touted in the music media as the beginning of a new phase in her
career, but the self-titled Kylie Minogue (1994) received mixed
reviews. Collaborations with artists such as Pet Shop Boys and M
People received some positive feedback from critics but did not
generate the same interest in record buyers. The album was a relatively
minor (when compared to her previous releases) success, selling
two million copies worldwide, and the single "Confide in Me"
spent five weeks at number one in Australia. When the singles "Put
Yourself in My Place" and "Where Is the Feeling?"
failed to make the top ten in the UK or Australia, some commentators
predicted the end of her career. Minogue was unhappy with the finished
product, describing it later as "a musical bridge over troubled
watersbut one that I had to endure [to be able to make Impossible
Australian artist Nick Cave had been interested in working with
Minogue since hearing "Better the Devil You Know", saying
it contained "one of pop music's most violent and distressing
lyrics" and "when Kylie Minogue sings these words, there
is an innocence to her that makes the horror of this chilling lyric
all the more compelling". "Where the Wild Roses Grow"
(1995), was a brooding ballad whose lyrics narrated a murder from
the points of view of both the murderer (Cave), and his victim (Minogue),
and its success demonstrated that Minogue could be accepted outside
of her established genre as a dance artist. It received widespread
attention in Europe, where it reached the top 10 in several countries,
and acclaim in Australia where it reached number two, and won ARIA
Awards for "Song of the Year" and "Best Pop Release".
She performed it with Cave at the Australian summer rock festival,
"The Big Day Out" before a crowd of alternative music
fans, and was well received. She also appeared with Cave during
several of his concerts in small venues throughout Europe, as well
as the T in the Park festival in Scotland which gave her more experience
performing outside of the dance/pop genre and before audiences that
were not necessarily her fans. She recited the lyrics to "I
Should Be So Lucky" as poetry in London's Royal Albert Hall
"Poetry Jam", at the suggestion of Cave, and later credited
him with giving her the confidence to express herself artistically,
saying: "He taught me to never veer too far from who I am,
but to go further, try different things, and never lose sight of
myself at the core. For me, the hard part was unleashing the core
of myself and being totally truthful in my music".
By 1997 Minogue was in a relationship with the French photographer
Stephane Sednaoui, who described her as a combination "geisha
and manga superheroine". He began taking photographs of her
that downplayed her glamour, with the aim of attracting a more sophisticated
and mature audience, and she drew inspiration from artists such
as Shirley Manson and Garbage, Björk, Tricky and U2, and Japanese
pop musicians such as Pizzicato Five and Towa Tei (with whom she
would later collaborate on the singles "GBI: German Bold Italic"
and "Sometime Samurai").
Impossible Princess (1997) featured collaborations with musicians
such as Manic Street Preachers, and Minogue contributed the majority
of the lyrics. Largely a dance album, its style was not represented
by its first single "Some Kind of Bliss", and Minogue
countered questions that she was trying to become an indie artist.
She told Music Week, "I have to keep telling people that this
isn't an indie-guitar album. I'm not about to pick up a guitar and
rock." Billboard Magazine described the album as "stunning"
and concluded that "it's a golden commercial opportunity for
a major [record company] with vision and energy [to release it in
the United States]. A sharp ear will detect a kinship between Impossible
Princess and Madonna's hugely successful album, Ray of Light".
In the UK, Music Week gave a negative assessment, "Kylie's
vocals take on a stroppy edge ... but not strong enough to do much".
It became the lowest-selling album of her career in the UK, but
was her highest-selling album in Australia since her debut album,
with sales boosted by a highly successful live tour. In reviewing
her show, The Times wrote of her ability to "mask her thin,
often nondescript voice with musical diversity and brittle charisma
and genuinely great pop songs by any standard", and a live
album recorded during her tour, titled Intimate and Live, was successful
in Australia. She maintained her high profile in Australia with
live performances, including the 1998 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi
Gras, the opening of Fox Studios in Sydney in 1999, where she performed
Marilyn Monroe's "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend",
and a Christmas concert in Dili, East Timor in association with
the United Nations Peace-Keeping Forces.
Parlophone: 1999 present
Minogue and Deconstruction Records parted company and following
a duet with the Pet Shop Boys' on their Nightlife album, she signed
with Parlophone in April 1999. Her album Light Years (2000) was
strongly influenced by 1970s disco artists, such as Donna Summer
and Village People (see 1970s in music), and included several songs
written by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers who imbued their lyrics
with humour. New Musical Express wrote: "Kylie's capacity for
reinvention is staggering" and summarised the album as "sheer
joy" and "what she does best". It received the strongest
reviews of her career and quickly became a success throughout Europe,
Asia and Australia, and sold over 2 million copies worldwide. The
single "Spinning Around" became her first British number
one in 10 years, and its accompanying video, which featured Minogue
in revealing gold hot pants, received widespread television airplay.
The subsequent single releases, which includes the duet "Kids"
with Robbie Williams, also sold strongly. She joined Madonna as
the second artist to achieve British number one singles in the 1980s,
1990s and 2000s.
In 2000, Minogue performed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where she
performed a cover version of the ABBA hit "Dancing Queen"
and her then-current single, "On a Night Like This". She
then embarked upon a concert tour, On a Night Like This, which played
to sell-out crowds in the United Kingdom and Australia, where she
sold over 200,000 tickets and set an Australian record for a female
artist. Her six planned Melbourne shows were increased to 22 due
to public demand. Minogue was inspired by the style of Broadway
shows such as 42nd Street and films such as Anchors Aweigh, South
Pacific and the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals of the 1930s.
Later describing Bette Midler as a "heroine", she also
incorporated some of the "camp and burlesque" elements
of Midler's live performances. The show featured elaborate sets
such as the deck of an ocean liner, an Art Deco New York City skyline,
and the interior of a space ship, and Minogue was praised for her
new material and her reinterpretations of some of her biggest hits,
turning "I Should Be So Lucky" into a torch song and "Better
the Devil You Know" into a 1940s big band number. She won a
"Mo Award" for live entertainment in Australia, as "Performer
of the Year". Following the tour she was asked by a Seattle
Post-Intelligencer journalist what she thought was her greatest
strength, and replied, "That I am an all-rounder. If I was
to choose any one element of what I do, I don't know if I would
excel at any one of them. But put all of them together, and I know
what I'm doing."
In 2001, Minogue released Fever, which retained some disco elements
and combined them with 1980s electropop. The first single, "Can't
Get You Out Of My Head", became the biggest success of her
career, reaching number one in over forty countries, and selling
more than six million copies worldwide. The album's success was
equally widespread, and after extensive airplay by American radio,
Capitol Records released it in the United States in 2002. It attracted
favourable comment, with Rolling Stone calling it "campy as
a tent full of Boy Scouts and yet easy on the cheese", while
Popmatters described it as "a perfect album of gorgeous dance
music". She also attracted some scathing commentary, such as
from Launch's Bob Gulla who wrote: "she'll do virtually anything
to get our attention. Not since Pia Zadora have we seen a more vacant
talent grab... an astoundingly bland helping of hollow dance pop
grooves and nauseating pleas for sex... it's so desperately lightweight
it's in imminent danger of disintegrating altogether". The
album debuted on the American Billboard chart at number three, and
the single reached number seven. Following singles "In Your
Eyes", "Love at First Sight" and "Come Into
My World" were substantial hits throughout the world, and Minogue
established a presence in the mainstream American market, achieving
particular success in the club scene. In 2003 she received a Grammy
Award nomination for "Best Dance Recording" for "Love
at First Sight", and the following year won the same award
for "Come Into My World".
Minogue's former stylist and creative director William Baker explained
that the music videos for the Fever album were inspired by science
fiction filmsspecifically those by Stanley Kubrickand
accentuated the electropop elements of the music by using dancers
in the style of Kraftwerk. Alan MacDonald, the designer of the 2002
Fever tour, brought those elements into the stage show which was
based around a framework of seven iconic female images, drawing
from Minogue's past incarnations. The show opened with Minogue as
a space age vamp, which she described as "Queen of Metropolis
with her drones", through to scenes inspired by Kubrick's A
Clockwork Orange, followed by the various personas of Minogue's
career. Minogue said that she was finally able to express herself
the way she wanted, and that she had always been "a showgirl
Her next album, Body Language (2003), was released following an
invitation-only concert, titled Money Can't Buy, at the Hammersmith
Apollo in London. The event marked the presentation of a new visual
style, designed by Minogue and Baker, inspired in part by 1960s
icon Brigitte Bardot, about whom Minogue commented: "I just
tended to think of BB as, well, she's a sexpot, isn't she? She's
one of the greatest pinups. But she was fairly radical in her own
way at that time. And we chose to reference the period, which was...
a perfect blend of coquette and rock and roll."
The show attracted mixed reviews, with the main criticisms being
that nothing substantially new was presented, and that the new songs
did not match the appeal of her previous hits. Despite this, the
concert was made into a successful television special that drew
The album downplayed the disco style and Minogue said she was inspired
by 1980s artists such as Scritti Politti, Human League, Adam and
the Ants and Prince, blending their styles with elements of hip
hop. It received some of the most positive reviews of her career
with Billboard Magazine writing of "Minogue's knack for picking
great songs and producers". All Music described it as "a
near perfect pop record... Body Language is what happens when a
dance-pop diva takes the high road and focuses on what's important
instead of trying to shock herself into continued relevance"
Sales in the United Kingdom and Australia were relatively low, despite
the success of its first single, "Slow" and in the United
States the album made little impression, although the singles became
major club hits. In November 2004, "Slow" was nominated
for a Grammy Award in the category of "Best Dance Recording".
Minogue released her second official greatest hits album on November
22, 2004, entitled Ultimate Kylie, along with her music videos on
a DVD compilation of the same title. The album introduced her singles
"I Believe in You", co-written with Jake Shears and Babydaddy
from the Scissor Sisters, and "Giving You Up". Both songs
reached the British top ten, and with a tally of twenty-nine Top
10 singles, Minogue became the second most successful woman on the
British singles charts, behind Madonna. Minogue was nominated for
a Grammy Award for the fourth consecutive year, when "I Believe
in You" was nominated in the category of "Best Dance Recording".
In April 2005, Minogue and her creative director William Baker
ended their professional relationship, with Minogue commenting that
it had been timed to coincide with the release of the Ultimate Kylie
album and the launch of the Showgirl - The Greatest Hits Tour. The
tour was intended to be the most extensive of her career, and anticipated
a total audience of more than 700,000. Minogue completed the European
stage of the tour, and was in Melbourne when she was diagnosed with
breast cancer, leading to the postponement of the remainder of the
In December 2005, following successful treatment for her illness,
she announced her intention to begin work on a new album, with a
planned release date of late 2006, and released a digital-only single,
"Over the Rainbow", a live recording from her Showgirl
tour. In March 2006, plans for a children's book entitled The Showgirl
Princess, aimed at girls aged six and upwards, and for a perfume
were announced. The book is set to be published in September 2006
by Puffin Books. Minogue is currently recording her new album.
In 1989, Minogue starred in The Delinquents, which told the story
of a young girl growing up in Australia during the late 1950s. Its
release coincided with her popularity in Neighbours, and while both
the film and Minogue's performance were the subject of derisive
comments by critics, it was a commercial success. She appeared as
Cammy in the action film Street Fighter (1994), based on the fighting
game series of the same name. The film did nothing to further her
acting career, was dismissed by fans of the series, and received
poor reviews by critics, with The Washington Post's Richard Harrington
calling her "the worst actress in the English-speaking world."
Subsequent films such as Bio-Dome (1996), Sample People and Cut
(both 2000) failed to attract an audience.
Australian film director Baz Luhrmann, impressed by her Intimate
and Live tour, cast Minogue in Moulin Rouge! (2001) where she played
the part of Absinthe, the Green Fairy, singing a line from The Sound
of Music. This cameo remains her most widely seen film performance.
In 2002, Minogue provided the voice of a young girl named Florence
in the animated film The Magic Roundabout, released in 2005. Minogue
also sang the title song in the movie and was one of the two starring
actors not replaced when the film was released in North America
as Doogal in 2006.
Image and celebrity status
Throughout her professional life, Minogue has been the subject of
intense media interest in both the United Kingdom and Australia,
which remained constant even while her success as a recording artist
has fluctuated. Her efforts to be taken seriously as a musician
have sometimes been hindered by her high profile as noted by The
Australian, who wrote in 1997, "When you have to lug around
an image the size of Kylie's, it's difficult for any music you produce
to match the hypeespecially in a country that gives scant
credibility to pop". Her relationships, including her current
relationship with French actor Olivier Martinez, have been extensively
reported as well.
Minogue is regarded as a gay icon, which she encourages with comments
such as "I am not a traditional gay icon. There's been no tragedy
in my life, only tragic outfits." While part of her appeal
lies in her flamboyant costumes and her confident sexual posturing,
she acknowledges the gay community throughout the world by performing
at gay venues and events, and by openly supporting AIDS and gay
rights causes. She has said that she believes gay fans responded
to her apparent distress when the news media began heavily criticising
her in 1989, and that those fans have remained loyal, explaining,
"My gay audience has been with me from the beginning... they
kind of adopted me".
After playing the "girl next door" in her early videos,
Minogue began to touch on adult themesan interracial relationship
in "Better the Devil You Know", lesbian posturing and
drag queens in "What Do I Have To Do", telephone sex in
"Confide in Me" and prostitution in "On a Night Like
This". She performed a slow strip tease in the Barbarella inspired
"Put Yourself In My Place", and wore revealing costumes
in many of her videos, most notably "Spinning Around"
and "Can't Get You Out Of My Head". She satirised her
image in the video for "Did It Again", in which the four
major incarnations of her career, "Indie Kylie", "Dance
Kylie", "Sex Kylie" and "Cute Kylie" battled
for supremacy. Her evolving image and often overt sexuality led
some critics to accuse her of attempting to duplicate Madonna. Minogue
has admitted her admiration for Madonna and has cited her as a significant
influence. Minogue's status has led to her being mentioned in several
pop songs including The KLF's "Kylie Said to Jason" (1989),
The Pretenders' "Popstar" (1999) and The Androids' "Do
it with Madonna" (2003).
In 1993, Baz Luhrmann introduced Minogue to the photographer Bert
Stern, notable for his work with Marilyn Monroe. Stern photographed
her in Los Angeles and, comparing her to Monroe, commented that
she had a "similar vulnerability and awareness of the camera".
She has gained credibility by her association with people such as
fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier, photographer Stephane Sednaoui,
and designer John Galliano, who described her as a "blend of
Lolita and Barbarella".
During her career she has chosen photographers who attempt to create
a new "look" for her, and the resulting photographs have
appeared in a variety of magazines, from the cutting edge The Face
to the more traditionally sophisticated Vogue and Vanity Fair, making
the Minogue face and name known to a broad group of people. Stylist
William Baker has suggested that this is part of the reason she
has entered in the mainstream pop culture of Europe more successfully
than many other pop singers who concentrate simply on selling records.
She has appeared in guest roles in television series such as The
Vicar of Dibley and Men Behaving Badly in the UK, and Kath &
Kim in Australia, which capitalised on her celebrity status and
image for comedic effect. In the latter she played a Melbourne teenager
on her wedding day, referencing her role as Charlene in Neighbours.
Despite her commercial success, and her acceptance by a large audience
as a contemporary sex symbol, her critics describe her willingness
to display her body as an attempt to disguise a lack of talent.
Her detractors, such as those discussed in the book La La La, have
described her as a "one dimensional performer" and "pretty,
but mindless and talentless". Miki Berenyi of the group Lush
said "I have a massive problem with her because she epitomises
the acceptable role ... it's a shame she gets so much credibility
when there are so many women worth a hundred times that. It's waryou
shouldn't stick up for Kylie, she should be fought at every turn".
Minogue continues to attract discussion, and in Paul Morley's study
of the evolution of pop music, Words And Music: A History Of Pop
In The Shape Of A City, Minogue is the vehicle by which pop is explored.
Minogue has often spoken of the stability of the team she works
with. Her parents, Ron and Carol Minogue, are actively involved
in her career; her father, an accountant, is her financial advisor
and her mother has joined her on each of her tours. She has been
managed by Terry Blamey since 1987 and the close network, along
with her Stock, Aitken and Waterman origins, have led to comments
that she is "manufactured", an assessment which Minogue
has admitted is partly accurate, saying, "if you're part of
a record company, I think to a degree it's fair to say that you're
a manufactured product. You're a product and you're selling a product.
It doesn't mean that you're not talented and that you don't make
creative and business decisions about what you will and won't do
and where you want to go... Ultimately, yes, it's my name and I
have to deliver the goods. But it doesn't happen without a team.
So I try and work with the best people I can and take from them
what I can. Hopefully I enhance what they do as well". William
Baker has described her status as a sex symbol as a "double
edged sword" observing that "we always attempted to use
her sex appeal as an enhancement of her music and to sell a record.
But now it has become in danger of eclipsing what she actually is:
a pop singer".
Minogue has suggested that although her career will inevitably
change direction, she expects to continue as a singer, and move
away from the "sex-pot" persona she has created. In 2003
she received positive reviews for some low key performances in Paris
nightclubs where she performed jazz standards, and she indicated
she may take her career in this direction. Rather than identify
herself as a particular type of singer, she has assessed herself
with the comment, "now more than ever, I consider myself a
performer... on stage is where I have given and received so much
energy and enthusiasm".
On 17 May 2005, it was reported that Minogue had been diagnosed with
early stage breast cancer and would receive medical treatment in Melbourne.
The remainder of her Showgirl, The Greatest Hits world tour was postponed
and she withdrew from participating at the Glastonbury Festival.
The announcement of Minogue's cancer diagnosis resulted in a brief
but intense period of media coverage, particularly in Australia
where the Prime Minister John Howard issued a statement supporting
Minogue. As media and fans began to congregate outside the Minogue
residence in Melbourne, the Victorian Premier Steve Bracks warned
the international media, that any disruption to the Minogue family's
rights under Australian privacy laws, would not be tolerated. His
comments became part of a wider criticism of the media's overall
reaction with particular criticism directed towards paparazzi.
Minogue underwent surgery on 21 May 2005. Friends such as Olivia
Newton-John, herself a survivor of breast cancer, urged the media
and fans to respect Minogue's privacy. However, it was only after
it was announced that the surgery had been successful that the intense
scrutiny of the situation began to diminish. Soon after surgery,
she commenced chemotherapy as part of her treatment regimen.
Minogue issued a public statement, thanking her fans for their
support and urging them not to worry. On July 8, 2005, she made
her first public appearance after her surgery, when she visited
a children's cancer ward at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital.
She returned to France where she completed her chemotherapy treatment
at the Institut Gustave-Roussy in Villejuif, near Paris.
In November 2005 Minogue's tour management in Australia announced
that she will continue her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour in late
It was reported in The Times Online in January, 2006 that Minogue
had completed her chemotherapy treatment however it also noted that
her publicists were unwilling to speculate on its apparent success,
as Minogue required a further six months of radiotherapy to prevent
a recurrence of tumours.
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