Kylie Minogue turns 50

Australian singer Kylie Minogue arriving at the Echo Music Awards ceremony in Berlin last month, when she also rolled out her album Golden.
Australian singer Kylie Minogue arriving at the Echo Music Awards ceremony in Berlin last month, when she also rolled out her album Golden.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

SYDNEY • Kylie Minogue topped charts back in 1987 with The Locomotion and her career has not gone off-track since. It is a journey the Australia-born singer will celebrate today as she turns 50, with fans certain to raise a toast with Can't Get You Out Of My Head.

But while she is a glitzy showgirl in her concerts, she said of her birthday bash: "I'm not doing an Elton John, when he arrived as (French king) Louis XVI (when he turned 50 in 1997)," she told the Sun-Herald newspaper.

The pint-sized Minogue, who is based in London, has defied critics who wrote her off as a "singing budgie" to establish herself as one of Australia's towering cultural exports, selling 80 million records.

She was just 11 when she appeared in the television series Skyways (1979 to 1981), but is best known for her star turn as Charlene in the long-running soap opera Neighbours from 1986 to 1988.

In 2005, breast cancer threatened to derail her career, but she was given the all-clear a year later. She has helped to raise awareness of the need for women to undergo screening for the disease, even in their 30s.

Aside from these public campaigns, she has kept much of her personal life under wraps, including the ending of her engagement with British actor Joshua Sasse last year.

Following that break-up, she told Vogue she felt like she was having "a slow, steady nervous breakdown".

She found escape in music, rolling out album Golden last month, with the song Dancing topping Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart.

Celebrating another milestone today, she told Fairfax Media: "I am thankful that this is a good time in my life. I know I have worked for it and I have paid for it and so I am enjoying it, between my schedules and trying to take care of myself as well.

"I don't know if it is the 50 thing - it probably has a lot to do with it."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 28, 2018, with the headline 'Kylie Minogue turns 50'. Print Edition | Subscribe