The singer talks about her emotional and physical struggle after breast cancer

By Monique Jessen
Updated October 08, 2007 10:00 AM
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Kylie Minogue is learning how to live with her new body post cancer, and it’s as much an emotional battle as it is physical.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, the singer opened up about her battle with the disease to British Glamour magazine in the November issue.

“When you are stripped of everything and you have to grow your eyelashes back, grow your hair back, it’s just astonishing,” she said. “It’s hard to express what I’ve learned from that, but a deep psychological and emotional shift has obviously taken place.”

The physical shift is most noticeable, and she remains upbeat. “As far as my body goes, I’ve shrunk to nothing … I’ve ballooned – my body is not what it used to be,” she said. “But it is the body I am in.”

Minogue, 39, split with her boyfriend actor Olivier Martinez earlier this year, but insists she is still optimistic for the happy-ever-after scenario. “I want to keep working on finding perfect harmony within my life and my work,” the singer tells the magazine. “And a family, yeah, that’s still something I would love to happen.”

She is careful to put any rumors of reconciliation with Martinez to rest. “I think he has a girlfriend, I’m not entirely sure, but it’s not true.”

But Minogue, who is currently not dating, adds wistfully, “I honestly don’t have a feeling one way or the other if I will walk down the aisle.”

For now the singer is focused on reducing her working day to “like 9-5 hours,” and spending more time in her garden. “What I believed before my illness has only been enhanced since, and that’s that beauty comes from within,” she said.