Dannii Minogue opens up on being 'pitted against' sister Kylie

Sarah Carty
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Dannii Minogue has spoken out about the pressure on women in the entertainment industry and how she was ‘pitted’ against her sister, Kylie Minogue, when they first started out.

In a candid interview with You magazine, 49-year-old Dannii opened up about leaving the UK to return home to Australia and how she felt a lot of judgement when she first moved there in the ‘90s.

Actress singer sisters Kylie (L) and Dannii Minogue attend the UK premiere of
Dannii Minogue has opened up about her relationship with Kylie when they first started out. Photo: Getty Images

The Masked Singer judge said around that time, supermodels such as Kate Moss were the norm on magazine covers and that ‘wasn’t her’.

“I was definitely pitted against my sister: ‘She’s thin and perfect and you’re not, you’re fat and…’ – I’ve had every word said to me. It was difficult,” Dannii said.

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The Aussie singer said she and Kylie had to have a conversation about it as she didn’t want it to consume all of their time together.

Dannii continued saying that being a mentor on shows such as X Factor in the UK taught her a lot about herself and up until then, she had never really thought about being a mum.

Kylie Minogue is joined by Dannii Minogue on stage during her Christmas show at the Royal Albert Hall on December 11, 2015 in London, England
Dannii says she felt that they were pitted against each other at the beginning. Photo: Getty Images

“My sister had always said she definitely wanted to have kids, whereas I never thought I would. At all. So then it’s weird that I have a son and she doesn’t have kids – you just never know how it’s going to turn out,” she said.

Dannii is a mum to 10-year-old son Ethan, whom she had with British model Kris Smith.

Kris is also a father to two children he’s had with his fiancée Sarah Boulazeris.

Dannii now lives in Melbourne, after returning home to Australia. However, she did cause a bit of outrage at the beginning of the pandemic after quarantining at a Gold Coast home instead of at a government-mandated hotel.

Queensland’s Health Minister Steven Miles confirmed on ABC radio that Dannii was in isolation at a private home with her son, Ethan.

Australian singer Kylie Minogue (left) visits her sister Dannii in her dressing room prior to Dannii's opening night appearance as Esmeralda in the Musical Notre Dame De Paris at the Dominion Theatre in London.
Kylie is seen visiting Dannii in her dressing room prior to Dannii's opening night appearance as Esmeralda in the Musical Notre Dame De Paris at the Dominion Theatre in London. Photo: Getty Images

The pair returned from coronavirus hotspot, the United States, however unlike the majority of the rest of returning travellers, who are required to stay in a hotel for 14 days, it’s reported Dannii was granted permission by the Queensland government to head straight to the Gold Coast property.

She recently told TV Week that homeschooling Ethan was “the hardest” part of lockdown.

"Seriously, I would do live TV any day of the week rather than try to be a teacher for my son,” she said.

"I'm Googling non-stop.I even called his teacher to ask how she does that each day and then go home to two kids, but she reassured me it's always harder to teach her own kids."

Australian singer Kylie Minogue (left) visits her sister Dannii in her dressing room prior to Dannii's opening night appearance as Esmeralda in the Musical Notre Dame De Paris at the Dominion Theatre in London.   (Photo by William Conran - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Australian singer Kylie Minogue (left) visits her sister Dannii in her dressing room prior to Dannii's opening night appearance as Esmeralda in the Musical Notre Dame De Paris at the Dominion Theatre in London. (Photo by William Conran - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

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