Oops! Has Billie Piper let Kylie Minogue’s engagement secret slip? Actress reveals she was rescued by singer’s ‘fiancé’ Paul Solomons after collapsing in a club aged 18
- Billie, 38, revealed Kylie’s long-term boyfriend Paul Solomons took her to hospital after she collapsed in a nightclub aged 18
- The actress referred to the singer’s beau as her ‘fiancé’
- Kylie and Paul have been dating since 2018, and are yet to confirm whether they’re engaged despite reports they’re planning to marry in Melbourne
- In November while appearing on Lorraine, the singer batted away yet refused to deny speculation that she was set to tie the knot to Paul
- Billie penned an essay reflecting on struggling with an eating disorder, including the moment she ‘passed out’ after ‘days of Diet Cokes and Marlboro Light
- The Doctor Who star detailed how her mental health has changed, saying she has often had to deal with anxiety and an ‘obsession’ with achieving more
- If you have been affected by this story you can call BEAT at 0808 801 0677
Billie Piper appeared to let slip that Kylie Minogue is engaged to her long-term boyfriend Paul Solomons after referring to him as the pop star’s ‘fiancé’ in an essay.
Kylie, 52, has been dating Paul, 46, since 2018 and in recent months has remained bashful over any speculation they are set to wed, yet has not denied rumours.
In her account, Billie, 38, detailed the moment she once collapsed at the age of 18 after ‘days of Diet Cokes and Marlboro Lights’ exacerbated her eating disorder in 1996, and was taken to hospital by a man she later learned was Kylie’s partner.
In her piece for ELLE UK – in which she seemed to let the marital status slip – Billie wrote: ‘It was 2000 when I passed out in a Covent Garden club – ‘foaming at the mouth’, apparently, but I have no reason to believe that.
Honest: Billie Piper appeared to let slip that Kylie Minogue is engaged to her long-term boyfriend Paul Solomons after referring to him as the pop star’s ‘fiancé’ in an essay
‘My PR rang through to my hospital bed to fill in some blanks – I’d been carried out of the club by a man, apparently. A hero or a pest? I wondered. It’s always hard to tell.
‘(Later, I’d find out his name is Paul, like my dad. He’s Welsh, works at GQ and will, in time, become a dear friend, a blinding success and Kylie Minogue’s fiancé. Hero, not pest. Kylie knows.)’
Billie went on: ‘My ‘dramatic turn’ – as I liked to call it – was a result of days of Diet Cokes and Marlboro Lights fuelling a very active eating disorder, cystitis that crept up my back and into my kidneys, a goblet of sweet white wine and a mind and body dissociation that I feared for the very first time.
‘Following that sojourn in hospital, my mother dragged me to a local therapist. I took immediate offence when the therapist asked me if my not eating was because I wanted to be a boy.
Hero: Kylie, 52, has been dating Paul, 46, since 2018 and in recent months has remained bashful over any speculation they are set to wed, yet has not denied rumours (pictured in 2019)
1984 – 1989: Jason Donovan
1989 – 1991: Michael Hutchence
1991: Lenny Kravitz
1996- 1998: Stephane Sednaoui
2000 – 2003: James Gooding
2003 – 2007: Olivier Martinez
2008 – 2015: Andrés Velencoso
2015 – 2017: Joshua Sasse
2018 – present: Paul Solomons
‘Ridiculous, I thought. I left. I think about that comment a lot. Maybe I did want to be a boy. Maybe we all did on some level. Or maybe she was s**t at her job. In any case, that was the end of therapy for me. Until I was 34.’
After several long-term relationships, Kylie became engaged in 2016 to British actor Joshua Sasse, who was 28 at the time, but the relationship ended a year later and subsequently suffered a breakdown.
Kylie then started dating Paul in 2018 and last year gushed: ‘I’ve met someone who I feel good with. It feels right.’
In October it was then reported by New Idea that the pair were planning to marry in Melbourne this year, depending on the outcome of the COVID-19.
Wedding bell speculation rang once again in November when she appeared on Lorraine and grew bashful over some questioning.
Kylie said: ‘He is so nice. He is probably not watching, I am sure he is at work. ‘He is such a good support. We have a laugh. We have both been through enough in our lives and just met at the right time, so it’s lovely.’
Incident: In her account, Billie, 38, detailed the moment she once collapsed at the age of 18 after ‘days of Diet Cokes and Marlboro Lights’ exacerbated her eating disorder in 1996, and was taken to hospital by a man she later learned was Kylie’s partner
When Lorraine asked if she had any plans to marry her partner, Kylie merely batted away the question while bushing and exclaiming: ‘Lorraine!’
Proving the strength of their love, she later said of their romance: Yeah I did [get a magical feeling] actually. Maybe not quite like a romance novel, where there are butterflies and stars start shooting through the air! But yeah, definitely.
‘All my friends said to me, “You were acting different.” And that’s when I knew that there was something. Because I thought I was acting cool but maybe I wasn’t.’
Sweet! In October it was then reported by New Idea that the pair were planning to marry in Melbourne this year, depending on the outcome of the COVID-19 (the couple pictured in March last year)
Kylie told how she and Paul got together after a mutual friend suggested they meet but it took her a while before she agreed to it.
She said: ‘I wasn’t interested in meeting anyone at that point, so I kept saying, “Yeah, but no – one day.” Anyway, eventually that day happened and yeah, we connected, we liked each other.
Last year, she sweetly revealed that Paul has even charmed her 100-year-old grandma after making a ‘special effort’ when he first met her in Australia last year.
She said: ‘She turned 100 last December and Paul did come to Australia for that. I think he flew in the day before so he was absolutely sideways with jetlag. It was like Meet The Parents times 100…
Cause: Billie (pictured in 2000) said her collapse was also caused by ‘cystitis that crept up my back and into my kidneys, a goblet of sweet white wine and a mind and body dissociation’
‘He did charm them all and he actually made a special effort. He might kill me for saying this but he would look up some Welsh sayings and just go to Google and hear how to say tiny Welsh phrases. My granny absolutely loved it.’
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Kylie for comment.
Elsewhere in Billie’s soul-baring spread, she went on to detail her mental health has morphed over the years, saying she has often had to deal with anxiety and an ‘obsession’ with achieving more.
She explained: ‘My anxiety, my need to achieve, my obsession with outdoing myself at every juncture has been a running theme in my life.
‘Later, this need to achieve and control and be the best version of myself morphed into an eating disorder, then later into what I can only describe as an addiction to work.’
Billie stipulated that being aware of her mental health struggles meant she could work on it: ‘Now being aware of that propensity means I can, to an extent, do something about it.’
Reflective: Billie (pictured in 1999) went on: ‘My mother dragged me to a local therapist… [who] asked me if my not eating was because I wanted to be a boy. Ridiculous, I thought’
The Doctor Who star went on: ‘Therapy does not change who you are. My inner workaholic is still there. So is that white noise at 3am.
‘Working on my mental health is about awareness. Being aware when I’m behaving in a certain way or being overly critical of myself or living for someone else.
‘The change is awareness. I wish it could be more fantastical than that, but the reality is that it just isn’t.
‘All the therapy in the world, all that money spent, and I’m still drawn into behaviours I wish I’d been cured of – but I don’t think I ever will be and that’s OK.’
Read more: The March issue of ELLE UK is on sale from 04 February 2021
Billie, who has had a successful acting and singing career, also discussed the pressures that women face every day to make sure they ‘have it all’.
‘As I entered my thirties and the stakes of all my life decisions became so much greater, I felt restless under this new pressure,’ she claimed.
‘The pressure to not just do your job and live your life and keep your kids content – but instead to exist in hyper 4D.
‘Look, I understand these pressures affect men, too. I’m well aware of how this movement has left men scrabbling. But this very particular issue is, in my opinion, an acutely female epidemic.’
The March issue of ELLE UK is on sale from 04 February 2021.
If you have been affected by this story you can call BEAT at 0808 801 0677.
Awareness: Billie added her mental health has morphed over the years, and she has had to deal with anxiety and an ‘obsession’ with achieving more, but she can now work to improve it
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