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Behind the cover of Elle June

Kylie Minogue looks laid back in a hammock for Elle UK’s June cover. Inside she talks about her relationship, her new album, her worries as she gets older, and also confesses her guilty pleasures. It’s an interesting insight into Kylie’s life as she prepares for her comeback — you can step behind the scenes at her photoshoot too. Here are some highlights:

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On her new album: “I’d say [it’s] ‘emotional pop’. It makes me think about girls getting ready to go out, putting their make-up on. About driving. About sunshine. It has some rave-y elements. I visualise a festival, a concert – that great rush of everyone being together.”
On the future — will she retire? “I don’t know. I can see me going out with a purple rinse. And one of my greatest idols, Dolly Parton, keeps on doing it. We’ll see. I’m not very good at long-term plans. And so many opportunities arise seemingly from nowhere and I like to have the option to, say, go to Mumbai and be in a Bollywood film, just because I want the experience. I guess I’m a thrill-seeker; I certainly don’t always take the safe option. They say if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.”

On her guilty pleasures: “TV dinners. I love Jonathan Ross and Alan Carr’s chat shows. And Pineapple Dance Studios – it’s hysterical. If I’m with Andrés, we have tapas takeaway from the restaurant at the end of my street: some jámon, some anchovies, yummy, delicious stuff.”
To read what Kylie’s weird phobia is, as well as what she had to say about her relationship, her exercise routine and her frustrations with getting older, just read more.

On her wardrobe: “It’s a room in my home where everything is laid out – and it never looks like other people’s wardrobes do in magazine shoots. The problem is I hate putting things on hangers. I have a hanger phobia – I don’t like the way they sound when you put them in the wardrobe. And I’ve got far too many shoes, but they look so pretty I don’t like to hide them away.”

On her man: “I’m in a very happy, romantic place and Andrés is so level-headed and easygoing. It’s enjoyable. He’s a good socialiser – which is good for me, because I could so easily do my work, which involves so many people, then go home and stay home. I’m so boring… You go out to dinner; you go on holidays. I had a time when I had the means to do that, but not the person to do it with. I was having my Bridget Jones moment.”

On exercise: “I’m not a gym bunny. It’s ironic that I was a gym bunny when I didn’t need to be, in my early twenties – I’d go from dance class to aerobics to spinning. I started Pilates lessons not long ago and try to go once a week. But it’s pretty sporadic. Nothing in my life is routine-based. I’m here this week, there next week.”

On getting older: “I find it frustrating that you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t. If you look too good, everyone’s suspicious – how are you allowed to look so good? And if you look terrible, how dare you look terrible? Some time ago there was the headline ‘Kylie caught without make-up!’ Well, I don’t wake up with make-up on! I just thought [frustrated], ‘Ohhh.’ I don’t know. I try to make the most of what I have. I do go down a dark path every once in a while, wishing things about myself were different. And then the clouds pass.”

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