Kylie Minogue says chemotherapy was like being hit with an atomic bomb. The singer has revealed that after having a partial mastectomy she underwent a six-month chemotherapy course which she describes as a “prison sentence”. Kylie told Elle magazine: “I can’t quite articulate it. It’s like a prison sentence. It’s a bit like being in an atomic explosion ...”

Kylie says that throughout her darkest moments, one person was always by her side — her lover Olivier Martinez. She says she began to look forward to small things like drinking coffee. “It would get to five o’clock and I’d think, ‘I got through another day!’ If you can only have one coffee a day, it better be damn good coffee. That trip down the street, I’d relish that moment.