Wedding bells for Kylie?

Has Kylie Minogue finally got her happy ever after?

Kylie Minogue

by Daisy McLure |
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After shooting to fame as Charlene Mitchell inNeighbours, aged just 18, before a 30-plus year career as the “Princess of Pop”, Kylie Minogue is now focusing her efforts more on a host of spin-off ventures, the latest being the launch of her own rosé wine to celebrate her 52nd birthday last month.

Despite not releasing a hit single in ten years, the singer’s fortune has rocketed from £35m to £55m as she rakes in the cash from her bedding and home designs, sunglasses and glasses range, as well as putting her name to make-up, watches and lingerie.

Last week, her At Home homewear brand lost a two-year legal battle against former model Caprice’s By Caprice Home range, after claiming the Dancing On Ice star’s designs copied hers.

She’s also still making music – during lockdown, the Aussie pop star has revealed she is working on a new album from her living room, telling GQ magazine, “There’s a lot of early 2000s love around at the moment. Both [then and now] feel like good times for me, so I’m channelling that into this record.”

Kylie boyfriend Paul Solomons
Kylie with Paul Solomons - her biggest supporter ©Getty

But friends and industry professionals tell Closer that a motive for Kylie taking on more lucrative side projects is to prepare for a more relaxed future with her boyfriend of two years, Paul Solomons, 44, who is a creative director for GQ.

Popular culture expert Nick Ede, who has worked with the likes of Meghan Markle and Eva Longoria, explains, “Spin-offs are what savvy stars do as their careers ‘mature’ and they reach that point of wanting to have more of a settled lifestyle while still bringing in the money. It’s understandable that she will be looking to the future and setting things up so she can focus on her own love and happy-ever-after.

“And people will buy into the brands because Kylie is still so popular – everyone feels they have grown up with her and they have lived vicariously through her ups and downs, and all we want for her is to find the love she deserves, which it seems she has with Paul.”

Check out: classic Neighbours cast then and now


Classic Neighbours cast - then and now SLIDER

Neighours then and now1 of 33

Max Ramsay

The patriarch of the prolific Ramsay family, Max lived at No. 24 with his wife, Maria, and his teenage sons and Shane Danny when the first episode aired in 1985. He lasted on the soap only a year – when it's revealed that Danny is not in fact his son, Maria leaves the family to be with her lover and by 1986, Max has left the street for Queensland, leaving Erinsborough behind for good.

Neighours then and now2 of 33

Francis Bell

Francis Bell was a New Zealand-born actor who was active for 20 years, from the mid '70s until his death in 1994. He appeared in 15 films during this time, but playing Max was his biggest role.

Neighours then and now3 of 33

Jim Robinson

Next door at No. 26 lived the Robinson family. Jim Robinson is the wealthy, powerful patriarch and widowed father, who Max has a neighbourly rivalry with.His wealth and charisma attract plenty of suitors, eventually marrying Beverly Marshall and suffering two miscarriages with her. When he enters into a relationship "gold digging" Annalise Hartman, the stress becomes to much for him and he suffers a heart attack and dies, with Annalise making off with his money.

Neighours then and now4 of 33

Alan Dale

Alan Dale has gone onto enjoy major career success since his time on neighbours, and well and truly conquered the US serial market with roles as Caleb Nicolls in The O.C and Bradford Meade in Ugly Betty. He's also got credits in Lost, Star Trek Nemesis, Hollywood Homicide, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.Phew!

Neighours then and now5 of 33

Des and Daphne Clarke

The very first episode of Neighbours opens on local bachelor Des Clarke's stag do (known as a Buck Night over in oz) as he prepared to wed Lorraine Kingham, but he ends up falling in love with the stripper hired to perform. Des was involved in a battle for Daphne's affections with his best friend, Shane Ramsay, but in the end real love won out and they were married in 1986, and went on to have a son together, Jamie.

Neighours then and now6 of 33

Scott Keane

After his exit from the soap in 1990, actor Scott Keane had a very public battle with drink and drugs and fell from grace as one of the country's most loved actors."I have had a lot of problems. It's only years and years later that I have realised that I was struggling with mental health issues _ with anxiety disorders and depression. I was hospitalised numerous times for substance abuse," he told the Herald Sun in 2015. "The doctors were so focused on treating the addictions that they didn't diagnose the underlying conditions that were causing it."That same year he returned for a one off reunion episode featuring the twelve original characters.

Neighours then and now7 of 33

Elaine Smith

Elaine Smith decided to leave Neighbours in 1987, agreeing with producers that fans wouldn't accept her leaving Des and so became the first regular character to be killed off.Since then, she's moved away from acting and works as a primary school teacher in her native Sydney."I found all the attention pretty overwhelming because I'm quite a private person and people would shout "stripper" at me in the street!' she said.

Neighours then and now8 of 33

Harold and Madge Bishop

Perhaps the most loved couples to have graced Ramsay Street were Harold and Madge Bishop. Madge Mitchell was a single mother raising her teenage children alone when she met Harold, a church-going, tuba-playing, Salvation Army donating salesman in 1987. Despite their differences, the two married and were deeply in love until Madge's death in 2001 from pancreatic cancer.

Neighours then and now9 of 33

Ian Smith and Anne Charleston

Actors Ian Smith and Anne Charleston reunited for the first time since Harold's vision of his late wife in 2015, during a special reunion episode. The old colleagues even appeared in Harold's cafe to speak to the Loose Women and reminisce about their time on the soap.Since making his official exit in 2009, Ian has eased into retirement from acting, but has appeared as himself on plenty of panel and radio shows. Meanwhile, Anne has been living in Ireland since 2001 and made a career in theatre and pantomime.

Neighours then and now10 of 33

Scott Robinson

The first bonafide Neighbours heart throb, Scott Robinson was one of four Robinson children. Despite their fathers' rivalry, Scott was great friends with Danny Ramsay. Scott begins dating young Charlene Mitchell and quickly proposed despite both their parents, Jim and Madge, being against them marrying at such a young age. They eventually leave Erinsborough for Brisbane in 1989 and have two children together, Daniel and Madison.

Neighours then and now11 of 33

Jason Donovan

In 1989 a reporter from the Canberra Times confirmed that Jason Donovan's contract had been altered and he was leaving the show to pursue a singing career.He went onto enjoy success with solo hits like Too Many Broken Hearts and 10 Good Reasons in the late '80s and early '90s. After Neighbours, he's best known for his year long run as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, but has worked on plenty of stage productions and reality shows since.

Neighours then and now12 of 33

Charlene Robinson (neé Mitchell)

Charlene Mitchell was the sassy teen daughter of Madge, who had been living with her dad after her parents marriage broke down before moving to Erinsborough following an abortion. She was a self-confessed tomboy who liked to be known by her nickname Lenny, and had ambitions of becoming a mechanic. After marrying Scott and becoming Charlene Robinson, she was offered an apprencticeship in Brisbane and left Erinsborough and Scott, only to be joined by him months later.

Neighours then and now13 of 33

Kylie Minogue

After leaving Neighbours in 1988 to focus on her own pop career, Kylie Minogue became – well, she became Kylie Minogue. One of the biggest pop icons of our age, Kylie has had 7 UK number one singles and countless more across the globe. In 2015, she won the right to trademark her name 'Kylie' around the world (minus the USA), and this year she's headlining the coveted oldies slot at Glastonbury. That's how big she is.

Neighours then and now14 of 33

Paul Robinson

Brother of Scott, Julie and Lucy and eldest son of Jim, throughout the '80s Paul's character was developed into a ruthless, arrogant businessman who was often at loggerheads with others on the street and had a reputation for cheating in all his relationships.

Neighours then and now15 of 33

Stefan Dennis

Stefen left the show in 1994 after producers realised his bad behaviour had gone too far. Though they considered killing him off, the role was left open and he returned in 2004. During the late '80s he (surprise, surprise) launched a music career and had some success with the single 'Don't It Make You Feel Good' which reached number 11 in the UK charts. During his haitus he played Mickey in Blood Brothers, touring in New Zealand and Australia, before appearing in the West End production, and lived for a while in the UK where he met and married his wife, Gail

Neighours then and now16 of 33

Dr. Karl Kennedy

Dr. Karl Kennedy was introduced in 1994 after producers realised their was a gap in the cast for a normal, stable family. Karl was introduced as the local GP so that the family could have immediate links with other characters. The family arrived in Erinsborough under difficult circumstances, with Karl having been accused of being responsible for a patients death, and though they initially struggled, the Karl Kennedy has been a solid character on Ramsay Street for over 20 years.

Neighours then and now17 of 33

Susan Kennedy

Susan took on a job as a teacher at a local primary school when she first came to Erinsborough with her family, and has since worked as a journalist and the principal of a high school. In 2007, Susan was diagnosed with MS, but despite her illness offered to act as her daughters surrogate in 2009. She and Karl's marriage suffered multiple infidelities on both parts, but have always found their way back together.

Neighours then and now18 of 33

Alan Fletcher and Jacki Woodburn

Despite their sometimes rocky on screen marriage, actors Alan Fletch and Jackie Woodburn both still star on the soap after twenty four years, and count each other among their closest friends. Awh!

Neighours then and now19 of 33

Billy and Libby Kennedy

Karl and Susan Kennedy were parents to these cherubic beauties, Billy and Libby Kennedy.

Neighours then and now20 of 33

Billy Kennedy

And boy, did they GLOW UP during their time on the show. Billy becomes close friends with 'Toadie' Rebecchi' and falls in love with local girl Anne Wilkinson, and gets a job as a local lifeguard. After school, Billy narrowly misses out on a university place in Queensland with Anne and the couple try to do a long distance relationship.Eventually Billy is offered a carpentry apprenticeship where he is reunited with Anne and the couple have a son. In 2017, Susan reveals that the childhood sweethearts are married, and have given birth to twins.

Neighours then and now21 of 33

Jesse Spencer

Jesse starred on the soap from 1994 - 2000, then again briefly in 2005. He has since co-starred in films such as Winning London, Uptown Girls and Swimming Upstream. From 2004 to 2012, he starred as Dr. Robert Chase on the Fox medical drama House.

Neighours then and now22 of 33

Libby Kennedy

Opinionated and with lofty political ambitions, Libby studies Journalism and followed in her mother's footsteps when she took up teaching at the local high school.Her most controversial storyline was when Susan offered herself to act as surrogate during Libby's pregnancy with husband Dan Fitzgerald, which ended in tragedy when the baby miscarried.

Neighours then and now23 of 33

Kym Valentine

Since working on Neighbours, Kym Valentine has become a much loved Australian actress , appearing as the lead character, Baby, in Dirty Dancing: the classic story on stage and following the show to London's West End. In 2016, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy with partner Trent Croad, who they named Phoenix.

Neighours then and now24 of 33

Julie Martin (neé Robinson)

One of the original Robinson clan, Julie was characterised as a classic nosey neighbour who was always a little stuck up.She came to a tragic end in 1994 when, during a murder mystery weekend, which was attended by many Erinsborough residents, Julie's body was found at the bottom of a staircase. Mullins explained that originally Julie was going to commit suicide, but the writers changed the storyline a couple of days before filming without telling her

Neighours then and now25 of 33

Julie Mullins

Julie Mullins wasn't the first actress to play Julie Robinson, but the second incarnation when the character returned in 1992. She's since moved to Ireland and has been playing Mrs Lovett in the Lyric Belfast's production of Sweeney Todd, and is very politically engaged, by the looks of her Twitter.

Neighours then and now26 of 33

Shane Ramsay

Shane Ramsay was the eldest (and favourite) son of Max Ramsay, and was initially Des Clarke's love rival when he began dating Daphne Lawrence.Throughout his run on the soap, Shane was involved in two car crashes, and is locked in a wine cellar by an obsessive stalker, before leaving Ramsay Street in 1987 to travel around Australia.

Neighours then and now27 of 33

Peter O'Brien

Peter O'Brien is another to have done very well for himself following his time on Neighbours. He's earned heavyweight credentials in both Australia and the UK, and even some in the US, having starred in Queer as Folk, White Collar Blue, Hell Has Harbour Views and Gossip Girl.

Neighours then and now28 of 33

Kenny Larkin

You may not remember little Kenny Larkin, who appeared in just four episodes in 1987 scamming Madge out of $50 and costing her and Henry their jobs.

Neighours then and now29 of 33

Russel Crowe

So he might not be a genuinely CLASSIC neighbours character, but Kenny gets a mention on this list because he was played by the actual Russel Crowe, who went onto have actual Gladiator fame. Talk about a career boost.

Neighours then and now30 of 33

Jarrod 'Toadie' Rebecchi

Ahh, Toadie. Toadie, Toadie, Toadie. A much loved character since 1995, Jarrod Rebecchi was intitially introduced as a troubled, misunderstood teen, but we've watched him grow into a great friend (particularly to Billy Kennedy) and father, and has recently returned to the street.

Neighours then and now31 of 33

Ryan Moloney

Although Neighbours has remained Ryan's biggest acting gig, he's also starred on ABC's Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell and the 11th series of Celebrity Big Brother. He married fellow actress Alison Hayward in 2003.

Neighours then and now32 of 33

Danny Ramsay

Danny Ramsay was the misunderstood youngest son of Max Ramsay, who made firm friends with Scott Robinson and had some groundbreaking storylines where he struggled to come to terms with his sexuality.

Neighours then and now33 of 33

David Clencie

David Clencie has gone on to work as a voice over artist.

Friends agree that Kylie – who was heartbroken when her engagement to Joshua Sasse broke down in 2017 – has deliberately geared up for a “more home-based” lifestyle since meeting Paul, and they suspect wedding bells are on the cards soon.

A source says, “Kylie was always so busy and career-focused in her early years, but now her happiness lies in putting love first. She was engaged [to Joshua] for a year before meeting Paul and thought she would marry forever, which is why she started branching out into other ventures some time ago, as she realised they won’t take her away from home for months on end, like touring and promoting new music does.

“She is massively in love with Paul. In the past, she has questioned whether men were with her for her fame, but Paul was never bothered about her profile. While he’s her biggest supporter, he’s also got his own career and is successful in his own right.

“She has no doubt in her mind that Paul is ‘The One’ for her, and all her friends and family agree. Kylie and Paul openly talk about marriage and she has told friends she would love to become ‘Mrs Solomons’.

Kylie Hammersmith 2000
Performing at Hammersmith Apollo in 2000, at the height of her pop stardom revival ©Getty

“That feeling has only grown stronger, even in lockdown, and she has really enjoyed spending more time with him. That’s one of the reasons she embraced side projects in the first place – so she isn’t having to spend eight months of the year jetting across the world touring, and can focus her attentions on her future with her man, instead.”

Over her almost-40 years of stardom, Kylie has had her share of heartbreak, including a famously “intense” relationship with late INXS star Michael Hutchence from 1989-91. And it was while dating French actor Olivier Martinez, 54 – who went on to marry Halle Berry – in 2005, that Kylie, then aged 36, was diagnosed with breast cancer. They split two years later, with her saying that the diagnosis “changed everything” about the course of her life, and was the reason she ruled out becoming a mum.

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She confessed to “a sort of nervous breakdown” following her split from Brit actor Joshua, 32, amid reports he cheated on her while she was planning their wedding.

But a year later, she met the man she now calls the “true love” of her life, and said recently, “I’ve met someone who I feel good with. It feels right. I can feel my face going [red]… People say, ‘your face changes when you talk about him,’ and it does. Happiness. He’s an inspiring, funny, talented guy. He’s got a real-life, actual job! It’s lovely.”

Shortly before turning 50, she said finding Paul later in life has been key to her happiness, explaining, “I feel comfortable with who I am and to have someone to share with and help you when it’s not going right and times are tough… It’s so precious.”

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And the source reveals that friends believe Kylie and Paul are now making plans for a wedding imminently, telling Closer, “They have been looking into buying a vineyard in southern France, somewhere really private, which friends have suggested could double up as a perfect venue. And they’ve also spoken about buying a property in Melbourne, Australia to be closer to her family, which they also take as a sign of the pair preparing the next chapter in their lives as Mr and Mrs.

“With all Kylie’s side projects, it means they can both cut back on their workloads and still have the money coming in to give them a wonderful future together, travelling between her native Australia and the UK. She’s in bliss – it’s so wonderful to see.”

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