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Kylie Minogue reflects on the day she was diagnosed with breast cancer: ‘The earth slipped off its axis’

Reiss Smith November 13, 2020
Kylie Minogue looking over her shoulder in a red jumper, a soft red neon lighting her face. She's holding a microphone

Kylie Minogue reflected on her 2005 cancer diagnosis. (BMG)

Kylie Minogue reflected on her breast cancer diagnosis and how fighting the illness changed her outlook on life.

The Disco singer received a cancer diagnosis in 2005, aged 36, forcing her to postpone her Showgirl tour and cancel her headlining slot at Glastonbury.

She was declared cancer-free in February 2006, and says the experience created a “huge change” in her.

“It’s like the earth had kind of slipped off its axis. You see everything differently,” Minogue told People.

The Australian said she was with her brother and her boyfriend at the time of her diagnosis.

“The world didn’t know… we were all in a daze and went to a cafe. The server at the cafe was like, ‘Hey, how are you today?’ We just kind of robotically said, ‘Good, thanks’ and in that moment I just thought: You really don’t know what anyone is going through.

“I thought that same person by tomorrow is going to see the news and say, ‘Oh my God, she was here yesterday, and we didn’t know.'”

The experience taught her to adapt, something Minogue said feels relevant in 2020.

“Life is a series of challenges and you aim to have as many good times as possible,” she added, noting that her new album Disco encapsulates that mantra.

“At this stage in my life I really feel like life is just made of moments, and the more moments that can be good, try to acknowledge that that was a good moment. Because it’s all coming at you, good and bad.”

Kylie Minogue comes out swinging for trans rights.

Disco is Kylie Minogue’s 15th studio album, hailed by reviewers as a brilliant return to form after her brief detour into country with 2018’s Golden.

Minogue recently told the Guardian that Golden record felt like a make-or-break, and that if it hadn’t worked out, she might have stopped making music altogether. Fortunately for us all, it was a commercial and, for the most part, commercial success.

In the same interview Minogue was asked to weigh in on what the Guardian described as “the UK’s toxic debate over trans rights and transgender women’s access to single-sex spaces”.

It was a loaded question answered elegantly, with Minogue simply stating: “If you’re a transgender woman, you should use the women’s facilities, surely.”

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