Kylie Minogue on her cancer diagnosis: You don’t know what anyone is going through

Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. She underwent a lumpectomy and chemotherapy. In February, 2006 she was pronounced cancer free. Kylie is now talking about how the diagnosis rocked her world. In a new interview with People Kylie spoke about the day she received her diagnosis. She said she and her friends were dazed by the diagnosis and she felt as if the earth had slipped off it’s axis. Kylie said that she and her friends found themselves so dazed that they responded to the barista in Starbucks very robotically. She said that having that experience made her realize “you really don’t know what anyone is going through.” Here are a few excerpts from Kylie’s interview:

“It’s like the earth had kind of slipped off its axis. You see everything differently,” Minogue, 52, recalls in this week’s issue of PEOPLE.

“I remember having had my diagnosis, but the world didn’t know. I was with my brother and my boyfriend at the time — we were all in a daze and went to a cafe. The server at the cafe was like, ‘Hey, how are you today?’ We just kind of robotically said, ‘Good, thanks,’ and in that moment I just thought: You really don’t know what anyone is going through. I thought that same person by tomorrow is going to see the news and say, ‘Oh my God, she was here yesterday, and we didn’t know.'”

Following her diagnosis, Minogue underwent a lumpectomy and chemotherapy and was declared cancer-free in February 2006. The experience forever changed the Grammy winner’s outlook.

“It’s a huge change, and it is before and after,” Minogue says. “Now with what’s happening in the world, there’s a lot of people talking about a new normal, but I think after cancer or any other big, life-changing incident or illness, you have to adapt.”

“Life is a series of challenges and you aim to have as many good times as possible,” she says. “At this stage in my life I really feel like life is just made of moments, and the more moments that can be good, try to acknowledge that that was a good moment. Because it’s all coming at you, good and bad.”


I have been a low key Kylie Minogue fan since her song Loco-motion back in the 80s. I still dance every time it comes on. I remember when it was announced Kylie had breast cancer. At that time her life was going well so it was sad to read. Anyhow, I am glad she is another celebrity who is talking about her experience with cancer. I feel when people are honest about their experiences, others don’t feel so alone. Kylie is also good at linking her experience with cancer with a life changing event like COVID. How you have to learn to adapt to your life afterwards because who you were before no longer exists. That is exactly what the world is going through. We are still healing and recovering from the trauma of a global pandemic that is still happening.

I am glad we still have Kylie as we have lost so many beloved celebrities over the last two decades to cancer. She is right, we never know what people are going through. I tend to err on the side of compassion when I am dealing with people. Some people are just d*cks and I am pretty good at differentiating the a**holes from those who may be genuinely going through something. Kylie also just released a new album called DISCO that I am going to go listen to on Spotify while packing and cleaning. I am sure it will be reminiscent of 70s and 80s disco music and I love that kinda stuff.

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  1. Dtab says:

    I have absolutely loved Kylie since the 80s and still love her today. I was at one of her concerts shortly before the diagnosis was released (she was in the middle of her Showgirl tour) and I was completely floored by the news. There is such goodness and lightness that exudes out of her.

    BTW, her new album DISCO is awesome and such a feel good mood which is just what the world needs now.

  2. Alice says:

    I love Kylie too!!!

  3. Lady Baden-Baden says:

    A few people have commented that I seem more chilled about the pandemic compared to others – and I put that down to my cancer diagnosis. Like Kylie, mine came out of the blue, only spotted following an unrelated scan after surgery for a ruptured appendix. It fundamentally changed me and how I see the world, forcing me to face my own mortality and understand how fragile (and unfair!) life is. With this frightening Covid virus, I think the whole world has been forced to face this too – I’ve just had a head start (and therapy, which I thoroughly recommend!). These days, I’m better at taking things a day at a time and I’m not afraid of dying (although I do still worry about leaving my children) and agree with Kylie that life is made up of moments. I’m trying harder to acknowledge the good ones!

    ETA: All this to say – I love Kylie too! She’s a certified National Treasure here in the UK!

  4. Jaded says:

    I remember after my breast cancer diagnosis in September 2016 I had to walk 2 minutes from the medical clinic across the street to our condo and I didn’t think I’d make it. I felt like I was going to cry/vomit/faint all at the same time. Like Kylie I too had a lumpectomy and chemo but the whole process was surreal, like I’d wake up from some horrible nightmare and it would all go away. But it does create strength when you come out of that long dark tunnel. These days I just try to enjoy life as much as possible which, like Lady Baden-Baden says above, is helping me deal with the pandemic.

    Stay safe everyone!

  5. The Recluse says:

    Cancer is a monster. And a nightmare because even if you beat it, it lurks in the back of your mind – the fear that it will come back somehow and the nightmare will return. I had a lumpectomy and radiation therapy in 2010 and had a scare this summer. I hate cancer.

  6. Onnit says:

    Can anyone tell me how affluent middle-aged women get “meat-face”? Don’t get me wrong, I think she’s great, and she looks good, and I’m glad that she conquered cancer. I’m just curious as to exactly what procedures ladies like Kylie, Christie Brinkley, and Jennifer Aniston are combining to get this exact look?