Kylie Minogue: 'Soon Ageism Will Be So Uncool You Just Won’t Do It'

25 September 2023 | 12:59 pm | Mary Varvaris

"Just let that person live and breathe in their space..."

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Kylie Minogue isn’t afraid to express herself as the pop star she is. Donning the red suit in her Padam Padam music video, draped in fluorescent green for the Tension music video, and performing in an array of outfits, she’s every bit the popstar she was in the Can’t Get You Out Of My Head clip.

Speaking in an interview with The Sun, the Australian pop icon shared that she’ll wear whatever she wants, whenever she wants, despite what her critics might think. “It’s not about being sexy; it’s about being yourself,” she said, admitting that she wouldn’t wear a catsuit in UK supermarket Tesco but would in “Popland”.

Responding to critics calling her year of Padam Padam a “comeback”, she continued, “It doesn’t irk me when they call it a comeback, but I find it funny, as I ­literally haven’t stopped.

“I didn’t come out with ‘Padam’ or this album raging against the machine, but I find myself in this position, and I am just really thankful that it is coming with positivity.

“Soon, ageism will be so uncool you just won’t do it. Just let that person live and breathe in their space.”

She continued to say that “younger generations are so open-minded they are not bothered about it [someone’s age]”, calling it “almost irrelevant”.

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Minogue added, “I have gone through every decade, and thankfully, if people are talking about ageism in music, it is talking about it in relation to ‘we shouldn’t be talking about it’.”

In The Music’s review of her latest album, Tension, reviewer Bryget Chrisfield wrote, “Tension' is a chic collection of songs to help us pull in da club, soundtrack all-night raves and make our hearts sing/go Padam Padam.”

Earlier this year, Minogue’s fans waged war against BBC Radio 1 after the British broadcasting giant reportedly snubbed her during the Official Chart Program. This was just after Padam Padam made its Top 10 debut in the UK in June.

One user on Twitter observed that “females over a certain age get ditched from BBC Radio 1, not only Kylie but plenty of others” and pointed out that “thankfully Radio 2 show[s] them support”.

Another shared the same sentiment, arguing it “seems to be that [Padam Padam] is being left out of the rotation due to Kylie's age”. “Radio 1 [is] raging at Madonna, Nelly Furtado and Kylie Minogue's comebacks this year,” wrote a third Twitter user.