Kylie Minogue on 35-year career and new wine venture

Kylie Minogue talks to Yahoo Entertainment about her 35-year career and hugely successful wine brand, Kylie Minogue Wines.

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LYNDSEY PARKER: Hi, Kylie. It's a real honor to speak with you because you are a pop princess. You're an Impossible Princess. You're a pop queen. You're queen of all media. The latest part of your empire--

KYLIE MINOGUE: Oh, that's it. I'm going to bed. I'll take all that, thank you.

LYNDSEY PARKER: You deserve all of it. And the latest part of your empire is now, you're a wine queen. What made you want to get into the wine business?

KYLIE MINOGUE: I like a glass of wine. Thinking back to how I got into it, and I've been afforded some incredible opportunities in my life and in various places to be-- you know, to have a lovely glass of wine in incredible circumstances with amazing people, and how that forms memories and all of that.

LYNDSEY PARKER: But you've done so many things. And it's interesting because of how you came to the business-- you know, through "Neighbours." Maybe you're not so much known here in America for that, but known as being, at first, a soap opera actress, and of course with Stock Aitken Waterman and all that. I don't know if there was a time when you felt you weren't taken seriously.

But eventually, you're working with Manic Street Preachers and Nick Cave and Dua Lipa. And years and years, you just have pretty much done it all. Is there a moment in your career where you feel like the tides kind of critically started to turn for you?

KYLIE MINOGUE: It's kind of been a lifelong process, I'm not going to lie. It might have only been all the way up, for me in my head, to really feel like I did that was Glastonbury in 2019, to be performing at the Legends slot. And all those little demons and insecurities that you have, which either come from within or from those other voices.

Because there very definitely was-- in the early days, I was very successful. But I hadn't earned my stripes. And I was a very easy target-- a one-hit wonder, or she doesn't deserve it, or she's not good enough. All that stuff stays with you.

But you know, it takes time to learn your craft. And I guess all of that adds up to now, and something like performing at Café Carlyle last night in that intimate setting, and really feeling like I've earned this. I worked hard for this, physically hard, mentally hard. And you know-- so it just makes me that much more grateful.

LYNDSEY PARKER: I'm surprised that it took till 2019 for you to feel that. Because I mean, I've seen you come out of a Venus oyster shell at the Hollywood Bowl.

KYLIE MINOGUE: Yeah, there's definitely all those moments. The late '80s, my first albums, and then to "Fever" in 2001, no one could deny, like, that was a kind of meteor of a moment for me. So I think from there, things started to settle. And then of course-- or just prior to that with Nick Cave, that was like being anointed.

LYNDSEY PARKER: How did that come about? Because I mean, it's such an iconic duet. I do remember when it came out on "Murder Ballads," there was definitely an element of surprise.

KYLIE MINOGUE: I think on paper, it would have made no sense whatsoever. I mean, it certainly wouldn't have come from my imagination. But the story for me with that is back in the early '90s, I was dating a friend of Nick's, Michael Hutchence. And I remember back then Michael saying to me, Nick would love to do a song with you. I didn't know who Nick Cave-- that was not my-- I'm listening to, you know, Deee-Lite. And I was not listening to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

So I just said, oh, that's nice. And I didn't really think anything more of it. And then a handful of years later, when Nick and I were on the same record label at that time, and this came to be again-- so when the request-- and when Nick reached me at that time, it was actually really important that I'd heard about it years before. So mid-'90s, there was that post-modern irony and kind of Britpop. And it wasn't the pop pop time. And I was part of-- I was trying to go against that myself with "Impossible Princess," and experiment with different things.

I knew when Nick asked me to sing "Where the Wild Roses Grow," that it was genuine. This wasn't a-- kind of an ironic thing. It was really genuine. And the moment I met him, the day I met Nick was the day I did my vocals for "Where the Wild Roses Grow."

I couldn't love him any more. He's a hero of mine. And I could call it a bit of rebellion, but also just, you know, growing into myself and--

I started out as-- when I was 19. I kind of say I wore primary colors in videos, and my audience were from six to 10. I've had to grow as a person. And you try and push those boundaries. And sometimes it works, and sometimes you really shouldn't have done it. But it's all part of the process.

And I am so fortunate that my fan base, for the most part, has grown with me. So we're all going through stuff. And now, I'm mid-50s, going through life. So I'm 54. But it's a different stage of life, and going through other things.

LYNDSEY PARKER: Well, it's interesting because you mentioned "Fever." And you were relatively older for a pop star. You were in your early 30s. But you know, a lot of women, especially, get told at age 25, they're already too old or whatever. So it must have felt really good to have the biggest global and US success of your career after you'd had a chance to grow into your skin a little bit.

KYLIE MINOGUE: I probably didn't really think about it at that point. Now, it's become more of a subject that we talk about-- women, how we age in this industry. But I kind of hate talking about it because I wish we didn't talk about it. But it's a thing.

So that's what I tried to say in "Golden." I tried to address that topic without being too overt about it. We're not young, and we're not old, we're golden. Like, I can't be older than I am. I can't be younger than I am. We can all just be who we are in this moment in time.

And I guess the broader conversation, in many walks of life, is about acceptance. And hopefully, that is something that we continue to get better at.

LYNDSEY PARKER: Obviously, you are a cancer survivor. Did going through that give you any insight? Like, did that make you more driven? Did that make you want to, like, dive even more into, like, your career, given that you've been through something like that?

KYLIE MINOGUE: There was a million things. And it's just deeply emotional. And I guess you find your strength. And we all have compassion, but I guess compassion with experience leads to a different understanding--


KYLIE MINOGUE: --for oneself, and also for people's struggle, whether it's that, or just-- you know, it's-- when you have that first big struggle in your life, it does change your-- your view and your experience. I was diagnosed in the kind of middle of a tour. My stage was being built in Sydney. And I was in Melbourne.

It was literally people all over that stage building it. And then we shared the news and we made the announcement. So that was my goal, to get back on stage and finish that tour.

LYNDSEY PARKER: You remember the first night you got back?

KYLIE MINOGUE: It was probably like an out-of-body experience. I had to do things a little differently. We built in an interval in the show for the first time. I just was really nervous about going out and doing any show at full speed.

The second night, Bono came and sang on stage with me. So that was a real boost, an absolute boost.


KYLIE MINOGUE: Yeah, I just had to stop myself from going to the-- to the big cry. Obviously, it was emotional. But it's like, put it together. Same at Glastonbury-- I did the same thing.

I was very determined to get on stage. I guess it reaffirmed that I love what I do. I'm about to go into the studio, into writing again in July. I can't wait to get in there.

And I feel that-- yeah, there's more to say. There's more of life's experiences to share. And I know, I'm-- I'm driven. I'm curious. I feel like creativity breeds creativity.

And even though I've already got more songs than I can fit in a show, I'm hungry for that next song. What's the next one? So getting into that puzzle again is going to be really fun.

And you know, how to use my tools and how to express myself, it's layered and interesting. And yeah, I feel like I do approach things very differently, with a different confidence, even more intrigue than I would have had back in the early days. I would never have imagined this life and this career coming from those early beginnings and daydreams.

LYNDSEY PARKER: It was really an honor to speak with you. Thank you so much, and--

KYLIE MINOGUE: Thank you, Lyndsey.

LYNDSEY PARKER: --cheers to you and your--


LYNDSEY PARKER: --Kylie Wines.

KYLIE MINOGUE: And you. Take care. I'll go for it.



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