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"He was a broken man." Inside Kylie Minogue's intense relationship with Michael Hutchence.

It was 1989 and the saying “opposites attract” never seemed more fitting.

Kylie Minogue was the 21-year-old Australian sweetheart who had just left Neighbours to pursue a pop music career.

Michael Hutchence was a 29-year-old curly-haired rockstar, the INXS frontman with a reputation drowning in sex appeal.

It was far from a predictable romance, yet it seemed inevitable.

The pair first met at the 1987 Countdown awards. According to The Monthly, Kylie, whose music career had just begun, recalled how “Michael Hutchence made an effort to come over and say hi” at the star-studded event. But other accounts of the evening suggest his approach was more lewd, with the musician loudly claiming he wanted to have sex with Kylie.

It was another year before they met again.

At that time, Kylie Minogue was in a relationship with Jason Donovan, her Neighbours co-star. After spotting them at an INXS concert, Michael Hutchence approached the couple and asked them to join him at the after party, where he reportedly began flirting with the pop star.

By 1989, one year after the flirty after party, Jason was no longer in the picture. Kylie’s career had skyrocketed, and when she took a much needed break in Hong Kong, where the INXS singer had an apartment, the relationship between Michael and Kylie bloomed.

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The couple at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards. Image: Getty.

The relationship dramatically changed Kylie Minogue's public image, as she soaked up the sex appeal Michael Hutchence was so famous for, shattering her previously innocent image.

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"The relationship dramatically changed Kylie Minogue's public image." Image: Getty.
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The pair broke up in 1991, and according to The Sun, Michael was a "broken man" after he dumped Kylie.

Kylie recalled how heartbroken he was leaving her, collapsing to the floor when he broke the news to her.

But it seems even Kylie wasn't sure why they split, musing: "Was it work, was it the drugs? I don't know. He was like a broken man."

She remained friends with Michael Hutchence until his tragic death in 1997, when he was found dead in a hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Sydney. The death was not treated as suspicious.

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Michael Hutchence with Kylie Minogue at a party to celebrate Michael's 30th birthday in 1990. Image: Getty.

In 2014, Kylie Minogue opened up about her relationship with Michael Hutchence, and how she grieved his death following his tragic end.

"I miss him like everyone misses him... he was not short of charisma, that’s for sure," Kylie revealed in an issue of GQ Magazine.

"Let's just say I was 21 and my eyes were open to the world. You want to experience everything and I couldn't think of a better person to, you know, take those first steps into the big wide world with."

Now 50, Kylie Minogue will speak in new documentary Mystify: Michael Hutchence, which was made by Hutchence's friend Richard Lowenstein after he found 30-year-old footage of the couple in his attic.

Shortly after breaking up with Kylie, Hutchence went on to date model Helena Christensen and television presenter Paula Yates. Yates and Hutchence had one daughter together, Tiger Lily. When Paula Yates was found dead in her London apartment in 2000, custody of Tiger Lily was given to Paula Yates's ex-husband Bob Gedolf. He raised her as his own, alongside her three older half-sisters, Fifi, Peaches and Pixie.

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