Kylie Minogue says she will ‘absolutely’ shed tears during Glastonbury debut, 14 years after pulling out amid cancer battle

‘I really thought I missed my ­opportunity’, the star said

Adam White
Thursday 27 June 2019 13:06
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Kylie Minogue has confessed that she will “absolutely” shed a tear during her set at this weekend’s Glastonbury, which marks her debut at the festival 14 years after she had to pull out of appearing after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Speaking to The Mirror, the pop icon revealed that the performance, during the “Legends slot” on Sunday afternoon, will make her “remember what happened all those years ago and my ­overriding feeling will just be of gratitude and how fragile life can be.”

She added, “Will there be tears? Absolutely. Let’s just say I will be wearing ­waterproof mascara.”

Minogue was originally scheduled to headline the festival in 2005, becoming one of only a few female headliners at Glastonbury in the process, before her cancer diagnosis meant that all performances and professional appearances were axed.

She told the newspaper that the decision to back out weighed on her for years, even when she was undergoing chemotherapy.

“My memory’s so strong of so much around that time and while my focus had moved on from Glastonbury, I was watching and going, ‘I’m meant to be there’,” she said. “It would have been pretty mega at the time to headline – the next woman to do it was Beyonce.”

She continued, “I really thought I missed my ­opportunity and, as the years went by, I said to myself, ‘Well this just isn’t going to happen’.”

Minogue is the latest music icon to play the Glastonbury “Legends slot”, following in the footsteps of acts including Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and Barry Gibb.

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