In the May edition of British ELLE magazine, Kylie talks to Craig McLean about – amongst other things – the effects that her cancer treatment had on her body, the prospect of cosmetic surgery and her wish to return to the stage.
On the prospect of cosmetic surgery;
I’m definitely not one of those people who says, “You shouldn’t do this…” everyone individually can do what they want. I also think that it doesn’t have the stigma that it had when I was growing up. For all time women have wanted to, for the most part, look their best. It’s just that what we have available to us today is… what it is today. And if you want to take advantage of it, yeah. But I’m fine. For the moment. But we’ll see. I’d like to think that I would go through life without having any of that. I’ve tried Botox, I’ve tried all… ?
On her move towards a more natural look;
Recently I’ve done very few shoots where I’m just being … me. It’s not stage costumes; perfume shoots are so formulated. This (photo shoot) was really nice. And I’m starting to open up to different people these days. That’s a new thing. I feel ready to roll with other suggestions. My foundations are stronger, so reaching out now feels like the right time.
In the past few years I got more and more closed. It was protection mode. Even before I was ill, I remember being at a shoot and I had a meltdown in the dressing room – a panic attack. It’s hard to explain, but when you’re the focus of attention, and everything is coming at you. Being in a not 100 percent state, it was too overwhelming. So, yeah, my comeback was very gentle and closed, with the people that I know and that I can trust.
On dealing with the weight gain that was caused by her chemotherapy and subsequent convalescence;
I’ve got fat ankles under these boots. But I think my body in many ways is better now for having weight on it. When I look back at some pictures, especially from before I was diagnosed, I just think, “That’s too thin, that doesn’t look good. That doesn’t look right.”
My face has changed. Everything’s changed. It’s coming back to normal more and more… Whatever normal is. New normal.
On her wish to return to the stage;
I’ve been thinking about it for a while. I guess the terrifying part is, what do you do? I’ve done so many – well, not too many, but I’ve had my share of – dud films and I don’t want to do another. I would like to do a straightforward drama, almost pick up where I though I was going [in my career] so many years ago. The other thing is a musical and I’ve got the feelers out. That will happen, by hook or by crook.
You can read the full interview in the May edition of British ELLE magazine, which is on sale now.
The unofficial studio version of one of my favourite Kylie megamixes – the Xmas 2004 Top Of The Pops medley – is finally available courtesy of the lovely Elle. The track (which was created for rehearsal purposes) features Kylie’s original PWL vocals plus a special studio recording that she made of the Shocked rap!
|TOTP 2004 MEDLEY – STUDIO VERSION