Was Kylie Minogue’s 28 year-old fiance married when she met him?

2016 BRIT Awards
These are photos of Kylie Minogue, 47, and her fiance, Joshua Sasse, 28, at the Brit Awards last night. Kylie was in a goofy black strapless gown with a tight corset top and a tiered tulle skirt. She paired it with a black hat and just looked ridiculous overall, but that’s far from the worse thing she’s worn. Sasse and Minogue met when she filmed a guest stint on his ABC show, Galavant, last fall. The couple announced their engagement late last week, and Kylie was seen with a gorgeous rectangle cut engagement ring featuring two lines of small diamonds surrounding a precious stone. I thought they made a nice couple apart from the somewhat questionable age difference, and at least he’s on the other side of 25. Some of you pointed out that Sasse was married when he met Kylie, though, and that he spoke of having a wife in an interview which was published just last August. He couldn’t have been referring to Kylie as his wife because he hadn’t even met her at that point.

It’s difficult to find information about Sasse, his wikipedia page is sparse and there aren’t many articles about him. However an article late last year in the Daily Mail mentions that he has a two year-old son, has been seen wearing a wedding ring and has since split with the boy’s mother. The Mail also establishes that Sasse and Minogue were first seen out together in September. Plus there’s this style interview from August in which he makes several references to his wife:

What will your next major fashion purchase be?
Probably a warm coat from my wife. I don’t go out and buy clothes a lot. I’m very content with what I have. I’m not an avid shopper like that. I will wear something until it falls off me.

How extensive is your wardrobe?
A little more extensive since I have been working with Brooks Brothers. My suit collection has grown a lot but not too much. My wife will say I pretty much wear the same thing every day in my life.

[From The Manual, thanks to Zapp Brannigan for the tip]

That article was published in August, Sasse was seen out with Minogue in September. The dates seem a little tight for them to have met when Sasse was broken up from his wife. I know that Kylie isn’t that big of a deal anymore, but I’m getting the whiff of a scandal here.

I did some “research” and it’s possible Sasse was single when he met Kylie. The Daily Mail mentions that he has a two year-old son with an Italian model named Francesca Cini. There are only two Francesca Cinis on Instagram and the one who fits the Daily Mail’s description seems to have a boyfriend. That one has photos with another guy dating back a year. (It’s possibly a different Francesa Cini as there were no photos of a child.) So Cini was possibly not the “wife” whom Sasse was referring to in the interview. So whom was he talking about and was he still married/attached when he met Kylie? I can’t figure that out, but the timeline is suspect.

2016 BRIT Awards

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24 Responses to “Was Kylie Minogue’s 28 year-old fiance married when she met him?”

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  1. Palar says:

    Ridiculous hat. Don’t care much for the marriage timelines, I do like those shoes however.

  2. Danielle says:

    Keep in mind too that an article published in august doesn’t mean the interview was done in august.

  3. Wentworth Miller says:

    Well, who isn’t married to one person while dating someone else?

  4. SydneySnider says:

    The timing sounds rather dodgy. Magazines work quite a bit ahead of time, so interviews are usually done a few weeks before publication. She looks silly in that get-up.

  5. lovemesseg says:

    He looks like a K-fed

  6. Zapp Brannigan says:

    I feel thrilled at the shout out! Not even joking about that just having a terrible week all round. Thanks for the pick me up.

  7. lowercaselois says:

    I am going to give her a pass today on the outfit she is wearing , the age difference and their engagement today, because she is a breast cancer survivor and I hope she finds some happiness.

  8. Colleen says:

    I thought that header picture was of Madonna when I first saw it!

  9. Lama Bean says:

    I must admit I admire your sleuthing skills CB. My friend was amazed that I could find a pic and names of a coworker’s family within 2 minutes having only met the guy that day for 2 minutes. She calls me Scooby Doo.

  10. Lisa says:

    Very good looking and talented she’s lucky . that’s all I got

  11. Crumpet says:

    His….pants. *side-eye*

    As someone further upthread posted, just because the article was published in August doesn’t mean he gave the interview in August. He may or may not still have been married when they met, but that article shouldn’t be counted as evidence.

  12. The hat looks stupid with the prom dress, and he needs some black sox and a pair of dress shoes.

  13. lucy2 says:

    Hard to tell the timeline from the article, but I do find it odd that he twice referred to a wife, yet there’s no mention of a marriage in any of his bios. Maybe they kept if very quiet, or it was never official?

  14. Islander says:

    I think his ‘wife’s’ name was Leah Gibson, although whether they were legally married or not i have no idea

  15. BettyD says:

    Okay, maybe I’m reaching because I really like him, and them as a couple. But… Is it possible the “my wife” magazine stuff is either made up or exaggerated in order to emphasize that he’s straight? Realistically speaking, that’s ridiculous, but he’s a very pretty man who obviously cares about fashion and stars in what is essentially a televised musical theater revue. (Which is awesome and everyone should watch it.)

    Probably, that’s nuts. But it’s weird to talk about your wife so pointedly when I haven’t seen anything suggesting that he was ever married to the mother of his son.

    • Bridget says:

      Some people also go with the “we already feel married so we just call each other wife/husband”. Who knows.

  16. Dani says:

    I am astounded at the lack of suspicion going on. So suspect. Even if the interview was done before it was released, it couldn’t be further than say, June, at most, which is still shady to refer to your wife and then two months later be seen out with another woman. Who gets divorced and moves on THAT fast? Shady. Not feeling them as a couple. Kylie’s choice in men is just as bad as Cheryl Tweedy/Cole/Fernandez-Versini

  17. Camille says:


    She does look ridiculous, but I think if she had taken off that hat she’d have looked decent enough.
    And he looks older than 28, who knew that facial hair could be so aging :/ .

  18. msd says:

    She isn’t known for having good taste in men. This one seems like a gold digger. I hope it’s a loooooong engagement.

  19. morc says:

    He looks older than 28. It’s a Jessica Chastain situation in male.