Kylie Minogue and Paul Solomons’ engagement has been confirmed by his step-mother, after Billie Piper let slip the news in a new interview.
The singer, 52, has been dating GQ boss Paul, 46, since 2018 and in recent months has remained bashful over any speculation they are set to wed, yet has not denied rumours and MailOnline can now confirm the happy news.
His stepmother Gloria, said she was ‘thrilled’ the pair are planning to wed after Paul recently revealed the news, as she spoke to MailOnline from the family home in the South Wales village of Llanbradach, near Caerphilly.
Gloria, who has been married to Paul’s father Mark for 41 years, said she had not been aware of Billie’s engagement slip in her interview with ELLE UK magazine and was eager for details of her comments.
Hero: Kylie Minogue and Paul Solomons’ engagement has been confirmed by his step-mother, after Billie Piper let slip the news (pictured in 2019)
Gloria stood in the doorway of her terraced home as rain poured down listening to a detailed account of Billie’s revelation of how Paul had saved her life in a London nightclub years previously.
After being told the story, which she appeared not to have known, Gloria declared with a broad smile: ‘Well, she’s right there, my son is a hero.’
Gloria said she had met Kylie and liked her. ‘She’s very nice I’m thrilled they’re engaged. It’s very exciting. But, I’m sorry, I cannot tell you any more because I’ve been told not to. I respect my son and I respect Kylie too much to say any more.’
She said she did not know where or when the wedding will take place.
Touching: The duo are pictured on holiday in 2019
Awareness: Billie Piper let slip news of the engagement
After several long-term relationships, Kylie became engaged in 2016 to British actor Joshua Sasse, who was 28 at the time, but the relationship ended a year later and subsequently suffered a breakdown.
Kylie then started dating Paul in 2018 and last year gushed: ‘I’ve met someone who I feel good with. It feels right.’
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In October it was then reported by New Idea that the pair were planning to marry in Melbourne this year, depending on the outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wedding bell speculation rang once in November when she appeared on Lorraine and grew bashful over some questioning.
Kylie said: ‘He is so nice. He is probably not watching, I am sure he is at work. ‘He is such a good support. We have a laugh. We have both been through enough in our lives and just met at the right time, so it’s lovely.’
When Lorraine asked if she had any plans to marry her partner, Kylie merely batted away the question while bushing and exclaiming: ‘Lorraine!’
Proving the strength of their love, she later said of their romance: Yeah I did [get a magical feeling] actually. Maybe not quite like a romance novel, where there are butterflies and stars start shooting through the air! But yeah, definitely.
‘All my friends said to me, ‘You were acting different.’ And that’s when I knew that there was something. Because I thought I was acting cool but maybe I wasn’t.’
Kylie told how she and Paul got together after a mutual friend suggested they meet but it took her a while before she agreed to it.
She said: ‘I wasn’t interested in meeting anyone at that point, so I kept saying, ‘Yeah, but no – one day.’ Anyway, eventually that day happened and yeah, we connected, we liked each other.
Last year, she sweetly revealed that Paul has even charmed her 100-year-old grandma after making a ‘special effort’ when he first met her in Australia last year.
Agreed! Kylie told how she and Paul got together after a mutual friend suggested they meet but it took her a while before she agreed to it
She said: ‘She turned 100 last December and Paul did come to Australia for that. I think he flew in the day before so he was absolutely sideways with jetlag. It was like Meet The Parents times 100…
‘He did charm them all and he actually made a special effort. He might kill me for saying this but he would look up some Welsh sayings and just go to Google and hear how to say tiny Welsh phrases. My granny absolutely loved it.’
The engagement is a change of pace from Kylie’s previous words, as she had insisted she would never get married following her engagement to Joshua.
In 2018, she said: ‘I never thought I would get married. Just going through ‘being engaged’ seems like an experiment, because I’d never, as a girl or in all my life, had a vision of getting married.
‘It’s not something I needed or wanted. My parents never brought me up with the idea of ‘the big marriage’. I never had it as a goal.’
While Kylie is a pop icon, Paul, a graphic design graduate from Nottingham Trent University, is a media mogul and has been the award-winning creative director at British GQ and GQ style magazine since 2001.
He previously worked at Marie Claire and has his own company Paul Solomons Design LTD.
Sweet! In October it was then reported by New Idea that the pair were planning to marry in Melbourne this year, depending on the outcome of the COVID-19 (the couple pictured in March last year)
Kylie has had a long string of public romances, which began when she burst onto screens in Neighbours in the Eighties, where she struck up a relationship with her on-screen love, played by Jason Donovan.
The duo played Scott and Charlene and the characters wed in an iconic wedding that was broadcast in Australia in July 1987.
After three years as a couple, the couple struggled with distance as both their stars went on the rise and Kylie met and fell in love with tragic Michael Hutchence.
Speaking about the split in 2016, Jason said: ‘It was an extremely painful parting of the ways and, without a doubt, I took a long time to recover from it. Years’.
Later in 1989, Kylie met late rocker Michael, who she started seeing after a gig in Australia, although she admitted they were ‘polar opposites’.
She described his as ‘a dark bad boy and I was the pure good girl,’and revealed their romance started with faxes to each other’s hotels, using fake names, ‘Gabby Jones’ for her and ‘Swordfish’ for him, so no one would know.
Kylie detailed in a recent documentary: ‘He had insatiable curiosity, all the good things in life and some the bad. He opened up a whole new world for me. A lot of it was based around pleasure, let’s face it.’
Things ended in disaster however, when he flew her from Japan to New York in 1991 to tell he wanted to break up with her: ‘He was on the floor, on all fours, crying. Was it work, was it the drugs? I don’t know. He was like a broken man.
Just five years later, he took his own life in a hotel room after taking a cocktail of drugs. Kylie was at the funeral, where his then-lover Paula Yates is said to have put a gram of cocaine in his pocket as mourners paid respects to his open casket.