Kylie Minogue is single once again after reportedly ending her five-year relationship with Paul Solomons, a former creative director of GQ magazine.
The singer, 54, had been in a long-distance relationship with Paul since moving to Melbourne in 2021 but, according to a source, they “just couldn’t make things work”.
Kylie confirmed in October 2021 that she was moving back to her native Australia after spending 30 years living in London. But the star was under no illusion that Paul, 48, would join her there and said it wasn’t going to happen when she appeared on Jessie Ware’s Table Manners podcast.
She said, “Paul’s a Welshman, but he’s been in London for almost 20 years. There’s just not going to be
an Australian home. I have a British passport and an Australian passport. I think some people forget I’m Australian.”
Kylie and Paul reportedly met through friends in 2018 and began dating soon afterwards, but they were forced to spend time apart during the pandemic, with the pop icon spending time in Melbourne and Paul staying in London.
In an interview last year, Kylie spoke about how she made her relationship with Paul work and said the pair were in a “good space”.
”I don’t have the white picket fence life. We are in a very good space and we cherish that right now,” she said.
But the distance seems to have taken its toll and a source said: “Kylie had seen the signs that the relationship wasn’t going anywhere, but she’s not worried about what single life will look like.
“She’s of an age where she knows what she’s worth so she’s not concerned about the prospect of starting all over again with someone new.
"She’s already picking herself up. She’s focusing on herself and her career.”
Kylie’s agent did not respond to a request for comment.
While it would be natural to assume that it’s harder to deal with heartbreak in mid-life, break-up expert Rosie Wilby tells us it can be easier.
“When we’re older, we’ve probably become more secure in who we are and therefore should take less time to heal,” she explains. And Rosie says that being older and wiser means we’re less willing to tolerate bad behaviour. “We become more aware of our boundaries and what isn’t healthy,” she explains.
In terms of the best way to heal after heartbreak, Rosie advises “reaching out to your friends”, adding: “Most of the women I’ve spoken to have found these support networks have helped the most.”
Given that Kylie’s relationship with Paul is thought to have ended due to the distance between them, does Rosie think that being miles apart is always the beginning of the end for couples?
“It depends on the people involved,” she says.
“For many, distance keeps things exciting.” Rosie says it’s also important that we don’t always see breakups as a negative thing. “A relationship may have served its purpose after four years. Leaving at the right time can be a good healthy thing. It’s not a failure.”
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