Dannii Minogues secret pain as best friend lost cancer battle

May 6th, 2008 - 6:18 pm ICT by admin  

London, May 06 (ANI): Aussie singer songwriter Dannii Minogue has recently revealed that at the time her sister Kylie Minogue was cured of breast cancer, her best friend lost her battle against the disease.

It was a very trying time for her, she revealed, as one way she was happy for sister and on the other she was feeling the pain of losing her best friend.

Dannii, spoke out for the first time about the tragic secret she kept hidden from the public in an interview as she walked The Great Wall Of China to raise funds for a cancer charity, crediting X Factor boss Simon Cowell for helping her through the darkest phase.

There was a time when my best friend and my sister were both going through treatment, which was so tough, the Sun quoted her as saying.

It was really hard for me that it happened at the same time.

As soon as Kylies treatment was over and I could take a breath, my friend died and I got hit by another tidal wave that felt like a tsunami, she said.

Because the world knew about Kylies illness, people would talk to me about cancer every time I stepped out of the house.

People were coming up to me, hugging me and saying, Isnt it so great your sisters better?

I just wanted to scream, No! Nothings okay. My friend is dead.

My friends death isnt something I shared publicly until this moment because it was so personal, she added.

Having to be there for both her sister and her friend, who she doesnt want to name, has somehow left Dannii drained and emotional.

Im still really fragile. It takes time and Im still trying to deal with it, she said, with her blue eyes filling with tears.

You just have to stay strong while youre in the hospital then get home, shut the door, and fall to pieces if you want to.

The way me and my sister dealt with it was to laugh and do Catherine Tate and Little Britain impressions.

Some days I dont even want to acknowledge cancer exists, but on this walk I wanted to confront everything Ive been through Laughter is definitely the best medicine, she added.

Dannii has been walking The Great Wall on a trek organised by Grease star and breast cancer survivor, Olivia Newton John, to raise funds for a new cancer centre in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia.

The facility will provide care for patients, respite for relatives, and both holistic and medical treatments.

Joining Dannii on the walk are British stars including Sir Cliff Richard, Toyah Wilcox and Gemma Atkinson.

I dont want to talk about cancer every day of my life, Dannii said.

Some days I dont even want to acknowledge cancer exists, but on this walk I wanted to confront everything Ive been through.

Its been really emotional, Ive been a mess.

One day we stood at the feet of this enormous Buddha in a temple and it made me realise the world is bigger than me.

For me, coming on this walk was about acceptance.

Im walking for the people Im lucky enough to have had survive, and for the people that Ive lost, she stated.

As the interview continues after a gruelling day of walking, Danniis phone bleeps.

I just got a text from Kylie saying: Keep going, going, going, she said.

She knows what it means to raise funds for cancer and thinks its fantastic, she explained.

On her emotions where her friend was concerned, Dannii found it very difficult to cope.

There are many times I reach that point of anger where I want to shout, Why? so loudly, she exclaimed.

I sat by the hospital bed where my best friend was making calls to arrange her funeral and everything else.

She was arranging to die.

To sit there and watch her do that, I cant even explain what thats like.

I just dont understand this whole cancer thing, I cant.

Its so unfair.

But I just want us to make a difference, and I think together we can do that, she concluded.

To sponsor Danniis walk go to greatwalktobeijing.com (ANI)

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