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Back in Action! Kylie Minogue

The pop star discusses moving past her battle with cancer, and appeasing her gay fans

''I don't spend much time being nostalgic,'' notes Kylie Minogue. And yet, since 2008 is a milestone year for the dance-pop singer, reflection is in order. Besides turning 40, she's releasing her 10th album — fittingly titled X (out April 1) — which marks a sonically upbeat return after her struggle with breast cancer. A now-healthy Minogue sat down with EW to talk about getting back to business.

How difficult was it returning to music after fighting cancer?
I was determined not to make an album full of songs about a two-year period in my life. I wanted to acknowledge my illness but [also keep] doing songs that make you feel good. Some people say there isn't the insight.... They [expect] this darkness in my life, but it was never quite like that.

Then again, a lot of other people do like the little vixen catsuit Kylie of five years ago.
I was wearing one recently [for the video ''Wow''], and I found myself saying, ''How come I'm in a catsuit again?'' We'll see if I'll become entirely sensible one day.

Conquering America still isn't a priority for you — but what about your huge gay following here?
Can I just apologize to them? They're always saying, ''Will you please come back?'' with that pleading look. As soon as I can, I will. It might not be a huge tour, but I'm trying.... I'm also working on a film musical, just getting the story line done. That's a tall mountain to climb.

Originally posted Mar 21, 2008 Published in issue #984 Mar 28, 2008 Order article reprints
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