Hating Alison Ashley? More like hating Delta Goodrem.
Prior to that, it was a niche area for teenage Nick Jonas fans, but after The Voice? The bile spewed forth attacking Goodrem’s looks, her mannerisms, her voice, her personality, her entire existence.
She left. And then, on Sunday, she returned. And so did the hate.
did The Voice not realise that no one likes Delta? They’re putting us through that AGAIN? — oh errol (@oherrol) June 28, 2015
Apparently, she can’t dance. She comes across as smug and insincere. She’s fake. She inflicted Brian McFadden on us. She tries too hard. She’ll advertise anything (milk, toothpaste, haircare). She’s bland. She’s falsely modest. The list of Goodrem’s transressions goes on and on. It seems that the former Neighbours star dared to voice opinions on national television and immediately saw her status plummet from Australia’s sweetheart to most-bullied on TV. Why?
No one had a problem with Goodrem, now 30, when she starred as Nina Tucker on Neighbours as a 15-year-old. Her piano-playing character helped launch her real-life pop career, and her first song, Born to Try, premiered on the show. It went to number one on the Arias singles chart. Her first album, Innocent Eyes, broke Australian records previously held by the beloved perennial touring act John Farnham. Goodrem was Australia’s golden girl. Sure, she had her detractors – what syrupy-sweet pop star doesn’t? But on the whole, she was popular, inoffensive and well-liked.
The Delta Goodrem love-in reached its zenith when, at 18, she contracted non-Hodgkins lymphoma and bravely fought off cancer. She appeared at the Arias to collect a record seven awards with her shorn hair growing back and received a standing ovation. She was too ill to perform so Darren Hayes sang her hit song Lost Without You, moving her to tears. Australia watched on, smiling benevolently. What went wrong? Did it begin when, post-cancer, she began dating tennis bad-boy Mark Philippoussis? Was it after she took up with an 18-year-old to her 27-year-old Nick Jonas? Was it that love-song she wrote with ex-fiance Brian McFadden? Is it that she had an affair with former The Voice host Darren McMullen? Did she commit the sin of liking men? Kylie Minogue, too, starred on Neighbours as a teen. She, too, became a pop star. She, too, suffered cancer. She, too, is single and has dared to date men without settling down.
But Kylie is “our Kyles”, she’s our singing budgie, she’s a national treasure. It’s amazing her bum hasn’t been cast in gold for posterity. Why is pretty blonde Kylie beloved and pretty blonde Delta despised? There’s no “I Hate Kylie Minogue” Facebook page. There’s a hate page dedicated to Goodrem on Twitter, Youtube and Facebook. Is Delta “basic”? Is she too confident? Not self-deprecating enough? Too successful? What is it about her that inspires such vitriol? Perhaps it’s good old-fashioned jealousy – she’s just too perfect?