Kylie Minogue Announces Breast Cancer Battle
May 17, 2005

It's the sad news that rocked the music industry Tuesday: Australian pop queen Kylie Minogue has breast cancer.

The troubling news came straight from Kylie's hometown of Melbourne, Australia, where she's been vacationing with boyfriend Oliver Martinez and preparing for her new "Showgirl" tour, which has been put on hold.

The 2004 Grammy winner is a superstar around the world and addressed the illness head on in a statement to her fans, saying, "Sorry to have to disappoint my fans. Nevertheless, hopefully all will work out fine, and I'll be back with you all again soon."

Fellow Aussie and breast cancer survivor Olivia Newton-John told us that Kylie's decision to talk about the illness is a good step toward recovery. "I think talking about things and releasing fears is an important part of healing," Newton-John said.

Kylie's younger sister Dannii told "Extra" today that although the family is very upset over the news, they are optimistic because the cancer has been caught early.

Kylie is set to start treatment immediately, and although her tour plans are on hold, fingers are crossed that she battles back successfully and soon.

"We're all humans, and there's nothing different," Newton-John insisted. "No one's any different or any luckier; let's just hope that she's very lucky."

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