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old found she could also relate to all the glitches that happen in the process of rehearsing the musical. “There’s always not one but a few things going wrong,” she says. “I think just to get a show on is a miracle, let alone a good one.” But she admits that despite all her years performing, she still gets nervous before a show and she’s always had to adopt something of a persona before going on stage.

“I don’t have a name for her, like Beyonce’s Sasha Fierce, but definitely there’s this plane you pass through to become... you might not be feeling that fabulous, but when you step on stage, you need to look it and you need to deliver your show for people, for the audience. I think it’s fascinating what happens to the psyche of a performer, because obviously we get home and you don’t have all of that attention and you’re not that person. How could you be that person on your own at home?”

Kylie Minogue and Peter Serafinowicz in Hey Diddly Dee 2 1

25 years at the top Last year marked Kylie’s 25 years in showbiz as a singer - and come January her career had taken a new direction when she parted company with her long-time manager Terry Blamey. While reports were rife that she was taking a break from music to focus instead on acting, she was in meetings with rapper Jay-Z’s management company Roc Nation. She was touted as the lead in musical film Walking On Sunshine, which features classic Eighties hits, but reveals: “I’m so deep into recording the next album that I can’t do that at the moment. I’m not sure what they’re doing with the production...”

While Roc Nation is now her new management, she’s still with her label Parlophone in the UK, and insists Jay-Z won’t be having much of an influence on her 12th studio album. “They’ve got a diverse group of artists, producers and writers, it’s very different, very exciting, a lot of change to get used to. But I don’t think I’m going to arrive in a jacked-up car or anything with my baseball cap on!”

Jay-Z won’t be rapping on her records either then? “I should think not. Well, certainly I won’t be, there could very well be someone else doing that, but not me!” It’s a tantalising hint at how Kylie, who’s used to adapting to different genres (compare the permed Eighties princess in the video for I Should Be So Lucky with the dark drowning Ophelia tribute in her collaboration with Nick Cave on Where The Wild Roses Grow) might be ready to move in a new direction again.

What’s the special ingredient? Besides, there must be a reason for her sustained place in the charts - and hearts of fans. “What is the special ingredient? What is the bit of magic that happens?” she throws back at me, when I ask how she’s managed 25 years of fame. “I honestly don’t know. I do know that it’s a lot of hard work and it’s persistence and it’s how you cope with the failures as well. But I also think that it’s just my path. It’s out of my control, it’s the path the universe has written for me and therefore I try and do my best within that.

“I’m completely unqualified for any other job, so for the time being, I’ll stick at it,” she adds, giggling again. And although she might be “deep into” recording her next album, she’s “open to ideas” about future acting roles.

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Kylie Ann Minogue was born in Melbourne on May 28, 1968.

In January, she spent the entire month at home in Australia, something she’s been wanting to do for a decade. But she’s got no plans to return home for good.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2005 and required surgery and chemotherapy.

If she could speak to her 18- year-old self again, she’d say: “Don’t worry so much, speak your mind, trust your instincts, and enjoy the process.”

She’s been dating Spanish model Andres Velencoso since 2008 and when she’s not working, she likes to have quiet time so she can fill up her reserves “ready to get out there once more”.

Kylie with long-term boyfriend Andres Velencoso

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