NME: Kylie Minogue cover story

The day before this interview was due to take place, I was given a phone number. When interview time came around I called the number and was surprised when Kylie answered — I thought I was dialling an assistant’s phone. Kylie, meanwhile, seemed slightly alarmed that a journalist had been given her mobile number.

For some years I kept that number on a piece of paper in a box. I never intended to call Kylie, but you don’t just throw Kylie’s number in the bin, do you?

Inevitably late one night when I was off my face I decided that RIGHT NOW was the right time to call Kylie. I called the number. It had been disconnected.