Kylie Ann Minogue,often known simply as Kylie, is an Australian singer, songwriter, and actress. She achieved recognition starring in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, where she played tomboy mechanic Charlene Robinson. Appearing in the series for two years, Minogue’s character married Scott Robinson (Jason Donovan) in an episode viewed by nearly 20 million people in the United Kingdom making it one of the most watched Australian TV episodes ever.Since then, Minogue has been a recording artist and has achieved commercial success and critical acclaim in the entertainment industry. Minogue has been recognised with several honorific nicknames including “Princess of Pop” and “Goddess of Pop”. She is recognised as the highest-selling Australian artist of all time by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).
Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Minogue has for many years worked and lived in London. She signed to PWL in 1987 and released her first studio album Kyliethe next year. In 1992, she left PWL and signed with Deconstruction Records and where she created her self-titled studio album and Impossible Princess, both of which received positive reviews from critics. Returning to more mainstream dance-oriented music, Minogue signed to Parlophone and released “Spinning Around”.Her 2001 single “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” became one of the most successful singles during the 2000s, selling over ten million units. It is recognised as her “signature song” and was named “…the catchiest song ever” by Yahoo! Music.Her album Fever (2001) was a hit in many countries, including the United States. Throughout her career, Minogue has released many successful singles, including “The Loco-Motion”, “Especially for You”, “Hand on Your Heart”, “Better the Devil You Know”, “Confide in Me”, “Spinning Around”, “Slow”, “2 Hearts” and “All The Lovers”.
In 2005, while Minogue was on her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After treatment, she resumed the tour under the titleShowgirl: The Homecoming Tour, which critics viewed as a “triumph”.Minogue resumed work as an actress and appeared in the films Moulin Rouge! (2001), Jack & Diane, and Holy Motors (2012). In 2014, she appeared as a judge on the third series of The Voice UK and The Voice Australia. Her other ventures include product endorsements, children books and fashion. Minogue’s own company Darenote oversees all her endorsed products, musical recordings and her range of homeware.
As of 2015, Minogue has had worldwide record sales of more than 80 million. She hasmounted several successful and critically acclaimed concert world tours and received a Mo Award for “Australian Entertainer of the Year” for her live performances. She was appointed OBE by Prince Charles in 2008. She was appointed by the French government as a Chevalier (knight) of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for her contribution to the enrichment of French culture. Minogue was awarded an honorary Doctor of Health Science (D.H.Sc.) degree by Anglia Ruskin University for her work in raising awareness for breast cancer. In November 2011, on the 25th anniversary of the ARIA Music Awards, she was inducted by the Australian Recording Industry Association into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
Life and career
1968–86: Early life and career beginnings
Kylie was born to Ronald Charles Minogue and Carol Ann Jones in Melbourne, Australia, on 28 May 1968.Her father is a fifth generation Australian, and has Irish ancestry, while her mother came from Maesteg, Wales; Carol’s mother originated from England.Jones had lived in Wales until age ten when her mother and father, Millie and Denis Jones, decided to move to Australia for a better living.Just before Kylie’s birth, Ron qualified as an accountant and worked through several jobs while Carol worked as a professional dancer.Kylie’s younger brother, Brendan is a news cameraman in Australia, while her younger sisterDannii Minogue is also a singer and television host.The Minogue family frequently moved around various suburbs in Melbourne to sustain their living expenses, which Kylie found unsettling as a child. After the birth of Dannii, the family moved to South Oakleigh.Because money was tight, Ron worked as an accountant at a family-owned car company and Carol worked as a tea lady at a local hospital.After moving to Surrey Hills, Melbourne, Minogue attended Studfield Primary School briefly before attending Camberwell Primary School. She went on to Camberwell High School.During her schooling years, Minogue found it difficult to make friends.She graduated high school with a high order certificate for Arts and Graphics and English. Minogue described herself as being of “average intelligence” and “quite modest” during her high school years.
Both Kylie and Dannii began their careers as children on Australian television.From the age of 11, Kylie appeared in small roles in soap operas including The Sullivans and Skyways. In 1985, she was cast in one of the lead roles in The Henderson Kids.Minogue took time off school to film The Henderson Kids and while Carol was not impressed, Minogue felt that she needed the independence to make it into the entertainment industry.During filming, co-star Nadine Garner labelled Minogue “fragile” after producers yelled at her for forgetting her lines; she would often cry on set.Minogue was dropped from the second season of the show after producer Alan Hardy felt the need for her character to be “written off”.In retrospect, Hardy stated that removing her from the showing “turned out to be the best thing for her”.Interested in following a career in music, Minogue made a demo tape for the producers of weekly music programme Young Talent Time,which featured Dannii as a regular performer.Kylie gave her first television singing performance on the show in 1985 but was not invited to join the cast. Dannii’s success overshadowed Kylie’s acting achievements,until Kylie was cast in the soap opera Neighbours in 1986,as Charlene Mitchell, a schoolgirl turned garage mechanic. Neighbours achieved popularity in the UK, and a story arc that created a romance between her character and the character played by Jason Donovanculminated in a wedding episode in 1987 that attracted an audience of 20 million British viewers.Minogue became the first person to win four Logie Awards in one year and was the youngest recipient of the “Gold Logie” as the country’s “Most Popular Television Performer”, with the result determined by public vote.
Minogue has been involved in humanitarian support in areas including health research and quality of life. Musically, she has helped fundraise on many occasions. In 1989, she participated in recording “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” under the name Band Aid II to help raise money. In early 2010, Minogue along with many other artists (under the name Helping Haiti) recorded a cover version of “Everybody Hurts” The single was a fundraiser to help after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, with the proceeds going to bothThe Sun‘s Helping Haiti fund and the Disasters Emergency Committee.She also spent a week in Thailand after the 2005 tsunami.During her 2011 Aphrodite World Tour, the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, which was on her itinerary. She declared she would continue to tour there, stating, “I was here to do shows and I chose not to cancel, Why did I choose not to cancel? I thought long and hard about it and it wasn’t an easy decision to make.”While she was there, she and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard were star guests at an Australian Embassy fundraiser for the disaster.
In 2008, Minogue pledged her support for a campaign to raise money for abused children, to be donated to the British charitiesChildLine and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. According to the source, around $93 million was raised.She spoke out in relation to the cause, saying: “Finding the courage to tell someone about being abused is one of the most difficult decisions a child will ever have to make.”In 2010 and 2012, she was involved in supporting the AIDS Support Gala, which was held by the American Foundation for Aids Research (Amfar).
Since Minogue’s breast cancer diagnosis in 2005, she has been a sponsor and ambassador for the cause. In May 2010, she held a breast cancer campaign for the first time. She later spoke about the cause saying “It means so much to me to be part of this year’s campaign for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. I wholeheartedly support their efforts to raise funds for the vital work undertaken by Breakthrough Breast Cancer.”For the cause, she “posed in a silk sheet emblazoned with the distinctive target logo of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer” for photographer Mario Testino.In 2010, she celebrated her fifth anniversary of being clear of the disease by hosting a charity concert to raise money for cancer charities and awareness of the condition.
In April 2014, Minogue had launched a new campaign entitled One Note Against Cancer, which is acharity organisation to help cancer research.Members of the public are asked to donate money by buying amusical note from eBay0 from Minogue’s charity single “Crystallize”.
Minogue began a relationship with French actor Olivier Martinez after meeting him at the 2003 Grammy Awards ceremony. They ended their relationship in February 2007, but remained on friendly terms. Minogue was reported to have been “saddened by false [media] accusations of [Martinez’s] disloyalty”. She defended Martinez, and acknowledged the support he had given during her treatment for breast cancer.Minogue was in a relationship with model Andrés Velencoso from 2008 to 2013.In November 2015, Minogue confirmed she was dating British actor Joshua Sasse.On 20 February 2016, their engagement was announced in the “Forthcoming Marriages” section of The Daily Telegraph.