The couple have been dating for 18 months
After 18 months of dating the actor Joshua Sasse, Kylie Minogue, 48, has said that when she and her 29-year old beau finally wed, she will be taking his name.
“Kylie Sasse is a great name,” she said in an interview over the weekend.
“It’s a great stage name. Kylie Minogue has never tripped off the tongue. I’ll definitely be taking Sasse but there’ll be no Minogue in there somewhere. Taking a different name makes a statement.”
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I love her, that’s it
When the pair do eventually wed – there’s no date as yet and won’t be until same sex marriages are legal in Australia, apparently – it will be the happy ending that everyone has hoped for, for Kylie has previously shown no signs of settling down. But what of the lucky man? Who, exactly, is he?
An actor best known for the US television musical comedy show Galavant – he and Kylie met when she made a guest appearance – Joshua actually has a background which is both bohemian and old school. And while he is a lot younger than both Kylie and her former lovers, he seems to have a maturity that some of them did not.
Joshua was born in London to Mary Rosalind and Dominic Sasse: his maternal great-grandfather was William Berry, the 1st Viscount Camrose, a newspaper magnate; his maternal uncles were the 2nd Viscount Camrose and Baron Hartwell, who used to own the Daily Telegraph.
Joshua’s father Dominic was a poet some likened to the “young Tennyson” but he was never able to fulfil that promise, for after the family (Joshua has an older sister, Lydia) relocated to Nepal, he died in a plane crash. Joshua was just four.
The family returned to the UK where he swapped a life running around barefoot for a country house in Herefordshire. “We went back to our house in England which I hadn’t been in before and I said to my mum, ‘I don’t like this hotel.’ ” Joshua was sent to Shrewsbury public school, which is where he developed a taste for acting, followed by Hurtwood House, a private sixth form college in Surrey. “He’s easily bored, which is typical of someone so creative,” a school friend told a newspaper. “He always had the main part in school productions and was part of a bunch of people who sat around singing and playing guitars.
“There’s a vain streak in him. He used to wear hairbands and a long, hippy-type necklace which he said was good for his karma. He was always hot but he’s got even better. I’m not surprised Kylie went for him. I’ve never known a more popular bloke.”
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Joshua then moved on to the Cygnet Training Theatre in Exeter. His first big role was in The Big I Am, a British gangster film, and he also appeared as Sky in the stage production of Mamma Mia! in London. Other roles were in the film Frankenstein’s Army, The Neighbours and as Sir Gary Galavant, a down-on-his-luck knight in the Galavant TV series.
Joshua was born in London
Before he met Kylie, Joshua was in a relationship with the Italian socialite Francesca Cini, with whom he has a son, Sebastian, three. Kylie has often spoken wistfully of having children but at just a couple of years away from 50 that appears unlikely, so perhaps it is just as well that Joshua is already a father. What he is not, however, is a Michael Hutchence lookalike unlike most of Kylie’s other boyfriends over the years.
Her first love was Jason Donovan but her great romance was with Hutchence, who once said his hobby was “corrupting Kylie Minogue ”. He left her for model Helena Christensen but she never really got over him and was devastated by his death nearly 20 years ago. Everyone since then – model James Gooding, actor Olivier Martinez, model Andres Velencoso – has born more than a passing resemblance to Hutchence until Joshua, who is utterly unlike the array of pretty boys she has had in her life until now.
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Kylie looks phenomenal as she hits the stage at the start of her tour
In February last year the couple got engaged. Joshua has since bought Kylie a ring and is utterly smitten: “I love her, that’s it,” he told a newspaper. “As anyone who has met her will attest, she is just the most unbelievable bundle of joy. It’s magic, it’s excitement and joy and sex,” Joshua enthuses. “It’s feeling like you are alive with someone else and for me, it’s someone else who really makes me feel like I am alive every day.
“I know I’m in love when I don’t want to be anywhere else but with her. Did you ever see a film called FernGully? At the end of the movie whenever a fairy touches something the flowers sprout everywhere? Well, that’s what Kylie does.” It is 30 years since Kylie launched her pop career with I Should Be So Lucky but in the intervening decades it has sometimes seemed that she has been anything but. Now Joshua looks set to change that.