Kylie Minogue has confirmed that she has ended her relationship with fiancé Joshua Sasse.
The pop star, 48, took to Instagram to make the announcement, sharing a picture of a a sunrise with the caption: ‘#lovers … Thank you for all your love and support throughout this recent chapter of my life.’
‘Thank you now for your love and understanding with the news that Josh and I have decided to go our separate ways. We wish only the best for each other as we venture towards new horizons. #thesunalwaysrises’
Kylie and Joshua met while filming Joshua’s TV show Galavant, in which Kylie made a guest appearance. In an interview at the time, she said of the relationship: ‘I think the general consensus is, we kind of look right together. So even though on paper it might not look right, it just is right.’
‘Even if I try and act cool and natural, it’s written all over my face that I am very happy.’
The pair subsequently announced their engagement in February 2016, with a statement in the Telegraph which read: ‘The engagement is announced between Joshua, so of the late Dominic Sasse and of Mary Heale (nee Macauley), of Herefordshire and Kylie, eldest daughter of Ronald and Carol Minogue, of Melborne, Australia.’
However, they later said that they wouldn’t tie the knot until equal marriage rights were granted in Kylie’s home country of Australia.
‘When I found out that gay marriage was illegal in Australia, I was astounded,’ Joshua explained.
‘I simply can’t fathom on any level, whether it’s moral or religious or anything, that I have the right to get married and to marry the person that I love and that somebody else doesn’t because of their sexual orientation.’
Before the split, Kylie had also discussed the possibility of the pair having children together, telling Desert Island Discs presenter Kirsty Young it would be ‘incredible’ for a family to be on the cards for the couple at some point.