Kylie Minogue gets upset thinking about LGBT+ people who can’t be themselves

Patrick Kelleher
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Kylie Minogue has said she gets upset thinking that there are LGBT+ people who can’t be open about their identities.

The gay icon, who released her 15th studio album Disco on Friday (6 November), told Dean McCullough on Gaydio about her powerful relationship with the LGBT+ community and her lifelong commitment to equality.

When asked what issues she will continue to take a stance on, Minogue said she remains committed to the same things she has focused on for much of her career.

“The same things, basically, equality, to be who you are, who you define yourself as,” Minogue told McCullough.

“I think that’s why it was initially such a really natural and logical stance for me to take,” she said, referring to her support for the queer community.

“It almost didn’t feel like a stance, but publicly it’s good to make that known, but within me, it’s upsetting to know there’s people who can’t be themselves, it’s that simple.”

Kylie Minogue spoke about managing her mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.

Elsewhere in the interview, Kylie Minogue spoke about managing her mental health during the coronavirus pandemic, and revealed that she turned to friends for support in the darkest hours.

“Time has taken on this new, weird dimension, and I feel like at the very start of lockdown you just felt adrift from reality as we had known it,” Minogue said.

“And then I just thought, ‘This could be a few weeks, maybe that’s all it is,’ although I think we tried to believe that but none of us really believed it.

It almost didn’t feel like a stance, but publicly it’s good to make that known, but within me, it’s upsetting to know there’s people who can’t be themselves, it’s that simple.

“Anyhow, I threw myself into work and was able to finish writing and record the album, so that was an amazing escape for me.

“I’m really grateful that I had that, but it did reach a point where I’d been going and going and really pushing it, trying to spin all the plates, manage everything and everyone, and life, taking care of yourself, checking in on everyone.

“Like you say, we all probably had it at some point. And I guess how I dealt with it is I just let it out a bit with a few people on the phone. Just when you say the words, ‘I need some help,'” she said.

“I don’t want to sound overly dramatic, I just had been doing so much on my own, I really wanted some people around and some help.”

The Australian pop star takes her role as an auntie ‘pretty seriously’.

Minogue also heaped praise on her boyfriend Paul Solomons, a creative director at GQ, saying he is “so supportive” and “open-minded”.

She went on to address whether she would ever consider adopting children, saying it was something she once considered, but “life took a few unexpected turns”.

“Now I am that auntie who loves being that auntie to three nephews. I take that role pretty seriously,” she said.

“I think I mother my entire team sometimes as well as being the boss. They’re pretty big questions and I would just say, not for the minute.”