Dannii Minogue may not be following The X Factor since her departure from the show, but she says she’s still close to former colleague Louis Walsh.

The star has been making time to catch up with the show’s judge after flying in to the UK from Australia.

She was in London to receive an honorary doctorate from Southampton Solent University for her contribution to the entertainment industry.

Brushing off questions about this year’s X Factor controversies, she said: “I haven’t watched this series so all I know is what’s in the papers. I haven’t been talking to Simon or the other judges.”

Speaking on board the HQS Wellington on the River Thames, where the ceremony took place, she added: “I’m meeting Louis later on today. He’s the one to ask.”

She refused to be drawn on whether she would consider returning as a judge on The X Factor, should Simon Cowell ask her in future. She shrugged and said: “That’s a very hypothetical question.”

The Australia’s Got Talent judge, who was dressed in traditional doctorate gown paired with towering red heels, said that it was an ‘incredibly special day’, and received praise from the university’s chancellor, Admiral the Lord West of Spithead.

On receiving her award, Dannii addressed the small crowd which was made up of staff and students from the university, as well as cadets and representatives from the Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation (CVQO), of which she is a patron.

“I can’t even breathe at the moment, I’m very honoured. I have an incredible amount of respect for the media industry. For me, it’s all I’ve ever had,” she said.