Kylie Minogue definitely didn’t want to make an appearance for the recent 30th anniversary of Neighbours and couldn’t be tempted to appear in the Aussie soap again as her Neighbours character Charlene Robinson. The pop princess revealed all to Graham Norton in an interview to be shown on his BBC1 show tonight…

“I didn’t want to do it,” Kylie said. “I felt Charlene existed then and that I’d probably let her down.”

Talking about her distinctive name, she says: “If I’d known I would ever be famous I wouldn’t have chosen that name ever. There was a period when people named their babies Kylie-Charlene.”

Kylie also went on to spill a few secrets about her pop tours around the world. “I love it but, I realise that when I’m not on tour I’ll see a vision of it and think, ‘That looks exhausting, I don’t know how I ever do it,’ but when I’m on tour I don’t know how I don’t do it, because I love it so much.

She’s donated most of her stage costumes to a museum in Australia, apparently: “They have the hot pants, the showgirl costumes and Charlene’s overalls – and you can’t touch them without white gloves. The gold hot pants got pretty worn away – they worked very hard in that video!”

Kylie also tells Graham what it was like to appear in the new Hollywood blockbuster movie San Andreas, which is released in the UK at the end of the month. “I have a tiny cameo role.  It was fun because I don’t get the chance to do things like that usually.  It was very exciting.”
 
* Kylie will be sitting on the sofa alongside Michael McIntyre and Simon Pegg on The Graham Norton Show tonight at 10.35pm, BBC1