The Australian singer says doctors have declared her "fit to return to the stage"

By Pete Norman
Updated January 16, 2007 05:15 PM
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Kylie Minogue, who earlier this week had to cancel several shows due to illness, is ready to hit the stage again.

“I am now overjoyed to announce that I have been declared fit to return to the stage on Thursday,” said Minogue in a statement released Tuesday by her record company, EMI.

Last Saturday, the 38-year-old Australian singer struggled to get through her concert in Manchester, England, and walked off after 45 minutes, citing the flu. Doctors had told her “not to perform in the immediate future” because of a respiratory tract infection.

“Nearly all of my crew were hit by this terrible flu during the course of this tour and despite my best efforts I too succumbed last week,” she said. “I was hoping to feel better as the day progressed. Unfortunately the opposite was true. I’m sorry too for all those inconvenienced by the postponements.”

Minogue, who is just getting back on the road after being treated for breast cancer, cut short the two-hour Manchester gig but re-emerged with her sister singer Dannii Minogue for a duet, but then abandoned that performance.

She was forced to postpone her original Showgirl world tour after being diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2005. Minogue underwent immediate surgery in Melbourne, Australia, and continued with treatment in France, near the Parisian home of her French boyfriend, actor Olivier Martinez, 41.

The tour, which features a series of lavish costume changes, was rebooted in Australia in November. She performed 20 times in Sydney alone before returning to England for a New Year’s Eve gig in London.

The singer also took a stab at press reports that have appeared saying she ignored doctors’ advice of work overload when she added additional shows to the tour schedule.

“I would just like to clarify the situation after seeing false reports in today’s press claiming that I had ignored doctor’s instructions,” the statement added. “I have not, at any stage, ignored the advice of my doctors. In fact I postponed two shows this week on their advice in order to be healthy enough to finish the Showgirl Homecoming tour.”