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Kylie Minogue Reflects on the First Time She Realized She was a Gay Icon

Kylie Minogue Reflects on the First Time She Realized She was a Gay Icon

KYLIE MINOGUE

"It happened without me knowing it."

This Sunday, June 24, Kylie Minogue will be headlining Pride Island (the 32-year-old celebration formerly known as Dance on the Pier) performing songs from her newest country-inspired album, Golden.

Prior to the NYC Pride celebrations, the Aussie goddess spoke with Billboard reflecting on the first time she realized she was a gay icon.

"It happened without me knowing it," Minogue told Billboard.

"I was in Sydney and there's a famous bar on Oxford Street called the Albury, and at the time it was the gay bar in the gay area in Sydney. I was in the car, my manager was in the car with me along with a couple other people, and someone said 'there's Kylie Night at the Albury tonight.' And I was like 'What?!' I'd never heard of a Kylie Night, but I said 'We should go! We should go!'"

The pop icon continued, "At the time, I'd done an ad for Coca-Cola, and someone said, 'Ohhh I think someone has gone as a Coke can.' There weren't that many versions of me then, I'm talking 1989 or '90. Now there's tons of them -- choose a look. But I'm the least Kylie person when I'm at any of those nights. I looked like they should not have let me in."

"That's the first moment I can remember where it was a thing, and it's been a thing ever since -- which is incredible," she says.

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