The 52-year-old singer battled breast cancer in 2005, and underwent a lumpectomy and chemotherapy before she was declared cancer-free in February 2006.
And now, the ‘Magic’ singer has recalled being “in a daze” after receiving the diagnosis, which caused her to “see everything differently”.
She said: “It’s like the earth had kind of slipped off its axis. You see everything differently.
“I remember having had my diagnosis, but the world didn’t know. I was with my brother and my boyfriend at the time – we were all in a daze and went to a cafe. The server at the cafe was like, ‘Hey, how are you today?’ We just kind of robotically said, ‘Good, thanks,’ and in that moment I just thought: You really don’t know what anyone is going through. I thought that same person by tomorrow is going to see the news and say, ‘Oh my God, she was here yesterday, and we didn’t know.’”
Kylie also said her diagnosis caused a “huge change” in her life, which left her needing to “adapt” to a “new normal”, much like those impacted by the current coronavirus pandemic.
She added: “It’s a huge change, and it is before and after. Now with what’s happening in the world, there’s a lot of people talking about a new normal, but I think after cancer or any other big, life-changing incident or illness, you have to adapt.”
Following her own difficult years, and the current health crisis, Kylie is now hoping people can find “as many good times as possible” in life.
She told People magazine: “Life is a series of challenges and you aim to have as many good times as possible. At this stage in my life I really feel like life is just made of moments, and the more moments that can be good, try to acknowledge that that was a good moment. Because it’s all coming at you, good and bad.”