She is fondly called the Goddess and Princess of Pop by her friends and fans but not many are aware that the celebrated music star started as an actress with small roles in soaps like The Henderson Kids, Skyways, and The Sullivans. The big one came in 1986 when Kylie Minogue was introduced to many for the first time on the soap opera, Neighbours, which was watched by over 20 million people in the U.K. She was on the soap for two seasons (1986-1988) before she stepped out to pursue a career in music.
Four decades down the line, Kylie has become a formidable recording artist whose music has traveled around the world. With over 80 million albums sold, she is the highest-selling Australian artist of all time and has established a reputation as one of the world’s greatest pop stars. This legacy has fetched her numerous accolades including a selection as an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in 2008.
Minogue’s Breakthrough in the Music Industry Came With Her Debut Eponymous Album
Having received a recording contract, Kylie Minogue immediately got to work and released two singles, “The Locomotion” and “I Should Be So Lucky”, both of which were certified hits. The former topped the Australian charts for several weeks while the latter topped charts in the U.K., Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Finland, and Switzerland. The two singles received multiple awards including the 1988 and 1989 ARIA music awards for highest-selling single as well as a special achievement award (I Should Be So Lucky).
These feats set the stage for Kylie to release her debut eponymous album and by the time it came out in 1988, it shot to the top ten in several countries including her native Australia. The album topped the charts in the U.K. and New Zealand and its lead single, Locomotion, made it to top 3 of the Billboard Hot 100. The album also sold about 4 million copies and this prompted Kylie to dump Neighbours to focus solely on music.
Between 1989 and 1992, Kylie Minogue went on to drop about four albums (Enjoy You, Rhythm of Love, Let’s Get to It), and a greatest hits compilation. All of these albums performed moderately well but none could touch the heights her debut album achieved. This fact left Minogue quite disappointed and was further complicated by the fact that her recording company was running her like a puppet. She, therefore, decided to cut loose from them and signed with Deconstruction Records in 1993.
Her 2001 Album (Fever) Sold Six Million Copies and Received the Brit Award for Best International Album
The new record deal gave Kylie Minogue the impetus to re-invent herself and she decided to move away from her signature bubble gum pop and incorporate elements of jazz, house, and techno into her music. Her efforts, in the shape of a fifth studio album titled Kylie Minogue, impressed the critics but it didn’t fare so well commercially (selling about 250,000 copies). This trend worsened with her next album, Impossible Princess (which sold less than 100,000 copies) and she decided to return to her pop roots.
That decision was a good call as her seventh album, Light Years (2000), topped the charts in her native Australia and reached No. 2 in the U.K. It also spurned about four top ten singles in the U.K., namely, “Spinning Around”, “Kids”, “Please Stay”, and “On A Night Like This”. The album went on to sell more than 800,000 copies around the world. It has been exactly two decades since Light Years and Kylie Minogue has dropped about eight more studio albums including Fever, Body Language, Kiss Me Once, Aphrodite, Golden, X, and Disco.
The most successful amongst this is the 2001 blockbuster, Fever. Fever debuted atop the Billboard 200 and also topped the charts in countries such as Germany, Ireland, Australia, and the U.K. It sold about 6 million copies and spurned the monster hit single, “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”. The song topped the charts in about 40 countries and sold about 5 million copies. It also fetched Minogue several awards including the 2002 ARIA music awards for highest-selling single and single of the year.
Kylie Minogue Has Won Several Awards, Including the 2004 Grammy for Best Dance Recording
The stunning singer is a recipient of so many awards which is a testament to the illustrious career she has had. Some of these awards including the 2001 Brit Awards for international solo artist of the year as well as the best international album, the 2002 MTV Europe Music Awards for best pop act and best dance act, the 2002 MTV Video Music Award for best choreography, and the 2004 Grammy for best dance recording.
In 2011, Minogue was recognized by the Guinness World for being the first female artist to achieve most consecutive decades with top-five albums. She has also been recognized as the Official Chart Company’s 12th bestselling artist in the U.K to date. Kylie was inducted into the Australia Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall Of Fame in 2011 in recognition of how she had impacted the music industry in her motherland.
Her adopted country, the United Kingdom, also awarded her an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for this same reason in 2008. That same year, the singer was made the Chevalier de Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. This was in recognition of her significant contributions to the propagation of the arts field.
She Served as a Coach on The Voice U.K. and Australia in 2014
Kylie Minogue’s reputation as one of the biggest pop stars in the world has seen her perform at several notable events in her native Australia. The singer gave a stirring rendition of Abba’s Dancing Queen at the closing ceremonies of the 2000 summer Olympics in Sydney. A few weeks later, she performed at the opening ceremonies of that year’s Paralympics in Sydney. With a sell-out crowd of about 87,000 people watching, Minogue and a host of other popular Aussie music acts, such as Christine Anu, Yothu Yindi, and Vanessa Amariossi, thrilled everyone with a delightful package of entertainment.
Minogue has also supplied her expertise to several popular singing contests. The Grammy winner served as a guest judge on the 2009 version of X-Factor, and as an assistant judge on the 2013 edition of X-Factor Australia. She also simultaneously coached on both The Voice U.K. and The Voice Australia in 2013. Her colleagues in the U.K version included the likes will.i.am and Tom Jones. During the course of the show, she managed to achieve an unbeatable balance of glamour and humor and this endeared her to many. It also helped to boost the viewing numbers.
Over 80 Million in Album Sales Has Helped Minogue Achieve a Net Worth of $90 Million
The highest-selling Australian artist of all time is currently worth $90 million (about £69.2m), which are earnings from both her singing and acting career. Minogue has sold over 80 million of her albums worldwide and this has boosted her bottom-line.
Another handsome revenue source for the singer is concerts and tours. She has headlined about 19 tours to date including the hugely successful KylieX2008 tour. The tour was quite a long trek which saw the singer do 53 shows in Europe, 6 in South America, 7 in Asia, and 8 in Oceania. Thankfully, her efforts were not in vain as earnings rose as high as $70 million by the time it was over.
Minogue also embarked on a highly-ambitious Aphrodite: Les Folies tour which kicked off in February 2011 and concluded in July of that same year. The tour saw her visit countries such as South Africa, Philippines, and Thailand as well as several European, Australian, and North American cities. It grossed about $60 million in revenue.
Minogue has also made millions from product lines. The singer has launched about ten fragrances to date including Darling, Showtime, Couture, Inverse for Men, Pink Sparkle, Dazzling Darling, and Music Box. She also has a furniture line, which features beddings, pillow, towels, candles, lampshades, as well as a clothing collection that carries t-shirts, gloves, pants, scarves, and the likes.
The Pop Queen Has Been Dating Paul Solomons Since 2017
If love is a battlefield, Kylie Minogue can be regarded as a warrior who has fought many times but refuses to give up. The singer has been involved in several relationships and is now going steady with a GQ Magazine creative director, Paul Solomons.
She and Solomons were introduced to each other by mutual friends in 2017 and have been together since then. The singer has revealed that Paul is a great guy who genuinely cares about her and her world. He has also swooped in and saved her from a nervous breakdown.
She Almost Got Married to Joshua Sasse
Throughout the roller coaster of her love life, Minogue has never been married but she did come close once. Back in November 2015, the singer began a relationship with British actor, Joshua Sasse. They announced their engagement publicly in February 2016 but never made it down the aisle as they broke up a year later.
Minogue shared the news on her Instagram and stated that they wished the best for each other. Following the split, the singer described the engagement as an experiment. She also revealed that she had never had the vision of getting married and doesn’t think marriage is for her.
List of Other Popular Men She Has Dated
Andres Velencoso (2008 – 2013)
In 2008, Minogue began a relationship with the Spanish model and actor, Andres Velencoso. The two were together for about five years, 2008 – 2013, and seemed like the real deal.
Their work commitments and long-distance relationship later threw a spanner in their works and they went their separate ways. The split was truly amicable as Minogue later described the actor as the coolest and nicest guy.
Olivier Martinez (2003 – 2008)
Another long romance that Kylie Minogue had been in was with French-born Hollywood star, Olivier Martinez. The two first met at the 2003 Oscars. They later started dating and would spend a total of four years together.
During this period, the singer was diagnosed with breast cancer, specifically in 2005. Her boyfriend stayed by her side and helped her to recover. They dated for two more years before going their separate ways in February 2008.
James Gooding (March 2000 – May 2002)
With the dawn of a new millennium in 2000, Minogue began dating the English model, James Gooding. The pair met backstage at the 2000 Brits Awards in March. They quickly commenced a relationship that lasted until May 2002.
The breakup was initially described as amicable and due to hectic schedules. Things then got nasty after it emerged that the model may have cheated. Minogue stated that he didn’t exist in her eyes anymore while he fired back, saying he feared she would end up as a lonely spinster with only a cat for company.
Stephane Sednaoui (1996 – 1998)
Before James Gooding, Kylie Minogue was going steady with French photographer, filmmaker, and actor, Stephane Sednaoui. Their romance started in 1997 and lasted for quite some period, during which Stephane helped her with the visuals for her sixth album, Impossible Princess. Sadly, such collaboration was not enough to stop them from eventually breaking up.
Jean Claude Van Damme (1994)
The pop princess had what has been classified as an affair with the action movie star in 1994. This affair reportedly ensued while they were filming the 1994 movie, Street Fighter, in Thailand.
According to the actor, Minogue was so beautiful and so charming that he couldn’t resist her. They ended up having a short relationship which involved lots of sweet kisses and beautiful lovemaking.
Michael Hutchence (1989 – 1991)
The man that Minogue dumped Donovan for is a fellow Aussie musician and lead singer of INXS, Michael Hutchence. This romance lasted for about three years during which some of Michael’s musical influences rubbed off on her. They later ended things in 1991 and Michael went on to date a bevy of other popular ladies before his death in 1997.
Jason Donovan (1986 – 1989)
The singer’s earliest relationship on record dates back to 1986 when she began a relationship with her Neighbours co-star, Jason Donovan. Donovan is equally from Australia and is a singer as well as an actor. He has featured in several movies and TV series including Neighbors which fetched him the 1987 Logie award for best new talent.
He has also released about six studio albums including 1989’s Ten Good Reasons which topped the charts in the United Kingdom and was certified five-times platinum.
Minogue and Donovan dated for about three years starting from 1986. The singer then dumped her co-star via a phone call to be with another man. The breakup left Donovan heartbroken and it took him years to get over it.