‘I’m straight and in a long term hetero relationship’: Dannii Minogue debunks ‘coming out’ story

Many people – including us – were very excited to wake up to the news that Dannii Minogue had “come out as queer” during a press conference for new lesbian dating show I Kissed A Girl… but it simply wasn’t true.

Major news sources trumpeted the fact that the pop icon – who is sister to equally dedicated LGBTQ+ ally Kylie Minogue – had “come out as queer”, when in fact she was sharing the fact that she strongly supports and identifies with the queer community: in much the same way as former Glee star Darren Criss, who is straight, explained that he identifies as “culturally queer” in a recent interview.

When quizzed about her feelings towards the contestants on I Kissed A Girl, she responded: “You girls are hot. You know it. I love it. I’m here for it. Is that an answer?” This was then spun into a series of “Dannii Minogue comes out” stories that appeared in The Mirror, The Express, The Telegraph and many more besides.

She’s now taken to Instagram to debunk the claims, clarifying: “I was not making an announcement that I’m a lesbian or queer: I’m straight and in a long-term hetero relationship.”

She also said she didn’t want the recent headlines to “distract” from the launch of lesbian dating show I Kissed A Girl, which be aired every Sunday and Monday night at 9pm on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer from Sunday, 5th May onwards.

The show, which follows the same premise as last year’s hit series I Kissed A Boy, also hosted by the Minogue sister, sees ten single women travel to an Italian Masseria and get paired up. On their first meeting, they have to go straight in for a kiss with their partner  – without saying a word.

Speaking at the screening of I Kissed A Girl on 1 May, Minogue said that while the “full focus” right now is on I Kissed A Girl, she suggested that she and the team behind the show are keen to “open doors” and explore future, potential iteration – including a trans and non-binary version of the programme.

Dannii Minogue’s partner

As Dannii Minogue made clear in her Instagram statement, the 52-year-old has been in a relationship with musician Adrian Newman for the past decade.

Newman is a 46-year-old songwriter, and he and Minogue keep their relationship on the downlow, avoiding public scrutiny. In 2018, The Sun quoted the Aussie songstress as saying: “I have a beautiful boyfriend. I never say anything about him. We are super private. I am just in the perfect moment.

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