Dannii Minogue claims ex-husband's mother made her life difficult

Kristine Tarbert
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Dannii Minogue has opened up about her difficult mother-in-law. Photo: Getty

Dannii Minogue has opened up about the strained relationship she had with her ex-husband’s mother.

Dannii and actor Julian McMahon - the son of Lady Sonia and former prime minister William McMahon - were married in 1994 but split one year later.

In that time Dannii claims her mother-in-law would refuse to let her inside their home, and didn’t want to come to the couple’s wedding.

Julian McMahon and mum Lady Sonia McMahon. Photo: Getty

“There's a certain social pecking order and I was definitely not in that scene,” Dannii said during a yet to be shown episode of Anh's Brush With Fame, due to air on the ABC on Wednesday, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The 47-year-old said she was often left “waiting in the car out front” if Julian had to duck into the house.

Dannii and Julian first met on the set of Australian TV drama Home and Away - where she played the role of Emma Jackson from September 1989 until August 1990.

But even on their wedding day, Dannii revealed there was “drama”, as Lady Sonia almost refused to attend.

“(Lady Sonia) said she wasn't going to show up, so that's quite stressful,” she said.

“Julian and I were going ahead with the marriage regardless. So she did end up coming and was causing a scene. It wasn't the greatest, it was hard.”

Dannii and Julian met on the set of Home & Away. Photo: Getty

As the wife of Sir William McMahon, Prime Minister of Australia, Lady Sonia was well-known as a socialite. She died in 2010.

Dannii went on to date Kris Smith from 2008 to 2012. The couple share an eight-year-old son, Ethan Edward Minogue Smith.

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