Focus on acting ... Kylie Minogue.
It's enough to get your gold hot pants in a twist. After a 25-year career as one of Australia's best-selling international pop stars, Kylie Minogue is taking a break from the music industry to focus on her acting career.
But the 44-year-old has also parted ways with the man credited for propelling her to stardom, her long-time manager Terry Blamey, who only in recent weeks Minogue had credited for much of her success. According to the Sunday Mirror newspaper in Britain, the performer had become upset over ''tensions between Terry and her dad'', Ron Minogue, an accountant who has been an influential adviser on Minogue's financial affairs since she began performing as a child.
Blamey confirmed the split but denied there was any bad blood between the two, wishing his former protege ''nothing but the very best'' for her continued success. Minogue and Blamey were still a team at the New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, where she was the creative ambassador for the annual fireworks display.
Kylie Minogue, 1987 - 2013
Network Ten photo shows the famous 1987 wedding scene from the long running Australian soap opera "Neighbours", with Kylie Minogue as Charlene and Jason Donovan as Scott. Photo: AFP
However, that was their last gig together. In November Minogue gave an emotional speech in London when Blamey was recognised at the British music industry's Artist and Manager Awards. ''We started off in 1987, when I had what resembled a poodle perm. Who didn't? And as you might not know, Terry sported a very fetching mullet,'' she regaled the audience. ''I didn't drink coffee; now I don't turn up for work without my coffee. And Terry didn't drink alcohol - it was that long ago. He would order a cappuccino and I would scoop the foam off the top,'' she said. Minogue has sold 65 million records since then.
Palmer's boat of refugees
The mining magnate Clive Palmer is yet to float his beloved Titanic reproduction, but it is his other political ship that looks like setting sail with a full crew made up of former Queensland Liberal National Party members. The Herald's Canberra shipping news correspondent, Daniel Hurst, reports that the former state/p>
MP Rob Messenger recently met Palmer and other refugees from the LNP, including the Brisbane MP Carl Judge and the Gold Coast MP Alex Douglas and his wife, Susie Douglas, at the Palmer Coolum Resort. ''For a start, all of us in that room had told the LNP where to go in various stages of our careers,'' Messenger said. The outspoken conservative campaigner wants to run for the federal seat of Hinkler - where the sitting LNP member, Paul Neville, who has been in Parliament since 1993, has announced he will not contest the next election - if the new party floats. No doubt he hopes it performs better than the Titanic.
Phillips avoids pack
A pack of pesky animal rights activists had their sights set on the Queen's granddaughter, Zara Phillips, on the Gold Coast on Saturday. Phillips was in town as the star mascot for the Magic Millions thoroughbred sales and race day. Activists who claim horse racing is cruel descended on the track with placards targeting the champion horsewoman. Phillips's minders had to sneak her in through a different gate, far away from the protesters.