Australian pop star Kylie Minogue on Monday defended a racy music video which has been banned in several Asian nations, telling a Spanish television station it was "touching and sensual".
In the video for "All the Lovers", the first single from her 11th album "Aphrodite", the 42-year-old appears dressed in white at the top of a pyramid of scantily clad young gay and straight couples who kiss passionately.
Television stations in several Asian nations, including Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, have censored the video, which ends with Minogue releasing a white dove into the air.
"I think, yes, it's sexy but I also think it's very touching and sensual and the message is love," the singer said when asked about the controversy during an interview with Spanish private television station Cuatro.
Minogue, who has been dating 32-year-old Spanish model Andres Velencoso since 2008 and is a frequent visitor to Spain, also thanked fans for their support during her successful battle with breast cancer.
"I had a lot of support from around the world from the public, a lot of it which I did not see, which I did not hear, but I felt it," she said.
"And it might sound a bit cosmic or whatever but in that kind of situation you need to reach for any positivity that you can get and I really felt people's good wishes, so thank you."
In May 2005 she announced she had been diagnosed with the early stages of breast cancer. She underwent surgery and had successful treatment for the illness.
Minogue made her name as a star of the long-running Australian soap opera "Neighbours" before launching her singing career with hits such as "I Should Be So Lucky" and "Better the Devil You Know."