After 30 years of living and working in the UK, “pop queen” Kylie Minogue has confirmed she is moving home to Australia.
- Kylie Minogue told the BBC she plans to leave London and return to Melbourne
- A year ago, she told ABC she missed Australia and “can’t wait to get home”
In a speech to the BBC, the 53-year-old said she had recently called to move back to Melbourne.
“I’ve spent a lot of time with my family this year in Australia and it felt really good,” she told the BBC.
Last October, Minogue opened for ABC’s 7:30 program about missing his family and recording an album during the COVID-19 pandemic.
She told Leigh Sales from 7.30am that the global coronavirus crisis had been an “emotional roller coaster”.
“The time is so weird right now – was there anything yesterday or was it six months ago? – but it shouldn’t be too long before I can get home. Still hopefully.”
Minogue recorded her latest album, Disco – which was released in November 2020 – in a studio set up at her home and working with collaborators across Zoom.
In her BBC interview, Minogue said she was surprised by the public reaction to the announcement, but told friends and fans in the UK that she would return to visit.
“I said, ‘I’m not going right. I’ve lived here for 30 years, I always come back.’
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Disco made Minogue the first female solo artist to have number one album in the UK in five different decades and only the second solo artist to do so for decades in a row, after Bruce Springsteen.
Disco was also Minogue’s eighth British number one album and took her one ahead of Cliff Richard, Elton John and George Michael.
She has sold more than 70 million records worldwide and is the most successful Australian female recording artist ever.
Minogue has won one Grammy Award, three Brit Awards, 17 ARIA Music Awards and many others, and has been named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2008 and an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2019.
Her first album at the top was Kylie in 1988, followed by Enjoy Yourself (1989), Greatest Hits (1992), Fever (2001), Aphrodite (2010), Golden (2018) and Step Back In Time: The Definitive Collection (2019) .
Minogue and her younger sister, Danii, took singing and dancing lessons as a child, but she began her acting career at the age of 10 when she was cast in the long-running television soap opera The Sullivans, in 1979.
Other acting roles followed before she sent a demo tape to the weekly music program Young Talent Time, which had Danii as a regular performer.
Minogue was not invited to appear on the cast, but gave her her first TV singing performance – a duet with her sister – on the show in 1985.
In 1986, Minogue was cast in the soap opera Neighbors, as Charlene Mitchell, and became a fan favorite character, attracting an audience of 20 million viewers in the UK when her character married Jason Donovan’s Scott Robinson in 1987.
Minogue became the first person to win four Logie Awards in a single year and was the youngest recipient of a Gold Logie for the most popular TV performer.
Also in 1987, Minogue was signed to Mushroom Records by the legendary producer Michael Gudinski, who was sent a demo recording of her song from the 1962 pop song The Loco-Motion.
Entitled Locomotion, the song became the best-selling single of the decade in Australia, leading her to record her debut album, Kylie, between London and Melbourne.
Kylie spent more than a year on the UK Albums Chart, including several weeks at number one, became the best-selling album of the 1980s by a female artist and won gold in the United States.
Later that year, Minogue left Neighbors to focus on her music career, but has continued to shop where her last credit was 2018’s Swinging Safari alongside Guy Pearce.
Over the course of her career to date, she has released 15 studio albums, eight live albums, 13 compilation albums, 10 EPs and 11 remix albums in addition to two box sets.