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 the 29-year-old rockstar – the INXS frontman who exuded sex appeal.
It was far from a predictable romance, yet it seemed inevitable.
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The pair first met at the 1987 Countdown Awards. According to The Monthly, Minogue, 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 Minogue.
It would be over a year before they met again.
In 1989, Minogue, who was in a relationship with her Neighbours co-star Jason Donovan at the time, met Hutchence after an INXS gig.
After Hutchence invited the couple to an after party, the INXS frontman reportedly began flirting with the pop star.
Speaking on A Current Affair in 2014, Minogue shared that their chemistry was instant. When Hutchence approached Minogue, he said: “I don’t know what we should do first, have lunch or have sex”.
“He did ask to kiss me numerous times and I did say no numerous times,” she said.
Just months after the party, Donovan was no longer in the picture and Minogue and Hutchence’s relationship began.
At the time, the relationship dramatically changed Minogue's public image, as she soaked up the sex appeal Michael Hutchence was so famous for, shattering her previously innocent image.
Speaking in new documentary, Mystify: Michael Hutchence, Minogue admitted that he was "a dark bad boy and I was the pure good girl".
"Sex, love, food, drugs, music, travel, books, you name it, he wanted to experience it," she said.