Kylie Minogue: Breast cancer surgery was like performance

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08 January 2014

Kylie Minogue found similarities between undergoing surgery for breast cancer and preparing for a live show.

Kylie Minogue compared her breast cancer operation to going on stage.

The 45-year-old singer - who was diagnosed with the disease in May 2005 - found the preparation for going under the knife felt "familiar" to her, likening it to getting ready for a concert.

Speaking to Radio Times magazine, her friend Kathy Lette recalled a conversation in which Kylie said: "When the cancer was diagnosed and I was going in for surgery, I was lying there on the trolley and I was suddenly taken by the fact that I was going into a theatre.

"Medicine is so different from my business, but in some ways, so similar. The whole gowning up, the masks, the build-up, the adrenaline... It all felt so familiar.

"I was under lights. Ah! There's my spotlight."

Kylie, who was given the all-clear from cancer in 2006, has previously admitted battling the disease stopped her worrying about her live shows.

She said: "Even with the Fever tour [in 2002], as proud as I was of that tour, I was still a little uncertain on stage. It probably wasn't until after being ill, coming back onto the road after the Showgirl tour stopped. I certainly wasn't 100 per cent, but by that point I just thought, 'f**k it'. I thought, 'I just can't worry that much, people are enjoying it, I love doing it, so I owe it to myself to try and enjoy it and let go.' In anything you do, the more relaxed you are the better you will be. That's what I try to do.

"Well, that's the idea anyway. I'll still get stressed about a show, but it was around then that I started to accept who I am. This is who I am, this is where I'm good, this is where I'm not so good, this is my voice."

-Bang Showbiz

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