LONDON • Singer Kylie Minogue’s new partner, British actor Joshua Sasse, surprised her by reading her a sensual love poem written by his late father on national radio yesterday.
Minogue, who said she is now “kind of on cloud nine most of the time because of Mr Joshua Sasse, my beau”, was the castaway on BBC Radio 4’sshow Desert Island Discs.
The 47-year-old singer broke with 73 years of convention on the programme by allowing Sasse, 28, to choose one of the eight tracks she could take with her if she were alone on an island.
She also used the public platform to announce the depth of her feelings for him and to hint she wants to start a family.
“I would like to have a surprise from Josh,” she told presenter Kirsty Young. “I don’t know what he has done, but I figured if I was a castaway on an island, I would like to know what someone else thought, particularly my love.”
The poem Sasse chose to read her is As I Look Up, an intimate verse by his father, poet Dominic Sasse.
Its erotic sentiments climax with these lines: “I would bend to press my eager face into your neck, where the secret flesh is furred like peaches behind a curtain of caramel scented curls. Without asking, I would pull you down with my devoted hands to express, my fluent tongue to endear. We would smear our mouths with ardent kisses and cry aloud from loving, as we lay beneath the arches of that careless wanton day.”
After hearing Sasse’s recording for the first time, Minogue said she was “a mess” and shedding tears of joy. “I think I stopped breathing for half of that. Breathe Minogue!” she added.
The singer’s voice broke with with emotion for the second time, in an interview in which she is also candid about a mental health crisis early in her career, about her passionate relationship with singer Michael Hutchence, who died in 1997, and about a breast cancer diagnosis in 2005.
She picked Hutchence’s hit, INXS track Need You Tonight, as one of her other seven discs for the island.
However, it is the romance with Sasse that is clearly uppermost in her mind. The couple met in September on the set of American television show Galavant, in which he stars.
“I have a love in my life, which is just a beautiful thing,” she said, going on to explain that he is a “huge fan” of the radio programme.
The recorded poem, which she later selects as the disc to keep if the others were washed away, was written by his father, who was setting up a trekkers’ lodge in Nepal when he was killed in a plane crash at the age of 37.
Speaking of the future, the singer said she tries not to second-guess, but wants to avoid “getting stuck on a treadmill of doing the same thing”.
“I actually want more,” she admitted. “Who knows if family is on any one of my horizons? If that were to happen, that would be incredible. I have to adapt my schedule. It is doable. It is a mindset.”