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Kylie Minogue has announced that she is moving back to her homeland of Australia.
The singer and former Neighbours star has lived in the UK for 30 years and whilst she is going back to Australia, Minogue says she will “always” visit Britain regularly.
Speaking to Zoe Ball on BBC Radio 2, Minogue said she “couldn’t believe” the public’s reaction to her decision to leave the UK.
She added: “I’ve had friends call me, my friend at my local restaurant was like: ‘Kylie, what do you mean? You can’t go’. I said: ‘I’m not really going. I’ve lived here for 30 years, I’m always going to be back.’”
Minogue also revealed that she had spent a lot of time in Australia recently and that it “felt really good” to be back home.
She concluded by reassuring fans that she will “not be a stranger”.
But that didn’t stop fans taking to social media to vocalise their shock and disappointment at the decision. Many fans compared it to the shock Brexit referendum result of 2016 where Britain voted to leave the EU.
Another fan joked: “I know we want this trade deal with Australia but letting them have Kylie back is a step too far.”
A Twitter user also said: “If Kylie goes back to Australia, we riot.”
Okay, now imagine a crowd at the airport when Kylie leaves and everyone gets emotional idk. Don't Cry For Me Great Britain starts playing
— mariana (@confide1555) October 6, 2021
If Kylie Minogue leaving the UK doesn't radicalise you to vote the #ToriesOut I don't know what will.
— H (@heartofmatcha) October 6, 2021
My life will be empty if you go. Don't leave, Kylie!
— Mike Foster (@MikeFos66204058) October 6, 2021
If Kylie Minogue goes back to Australia, we riot.
— Dave's at the rave. (@davidkerr1970) October 5, 2021
Fans also described the news as “emotional” and “saddening” as the pop star has become a beloved figure in the UK over the last three decades.
The 53-year-old has also released a new single, “A Second to Midnight”, which is a collaboration with Olly Alexander from Years & Years.