Dannii Minogue’s wild love life – Simon Cowell fling rumours to soap star split

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Singer Dannii Minogue first burst onto the scenes in 1979, years before her older sister Kylie Minogue became a public figure.

Since finding fame as Amy in Skyways, the Australian bombshell has since landed several television roles as well as releasing six studio albums.

However, with Dannii's fame came a string of high-profile relationships, some catapulting her to become a household name again and one ending in divorce.

As the former X Factor judge celebrates her fifth decade, Daily Star has delved into the archives to unearth some of Dannii's famous exes, including one that saw her become the girlfriend of easyJet founder, Stelios Haji-Ioannou.

Failed marriage

Dannii's first high-profile relationship was her marriage to fellow Home and Away actor Julian McMahon back in 1994.

She met the Aussie star three years prior to their big day while she was working in Summer Bay and they instantly hit it off with one another.

However, Julian's mum, Lady Sonia McMahon, the former First Lady of Australia, is said to have threatened to boycott their wedding and caused a rift, according to Dannii.

Less than two years after tying the knot, Dannii and Julian were headed for divorce but her next move ensured she would be the last one laughing.

Dannii stripped off and posed completely nude for Playboy… Explaining her reason, she said she had "just had a marriage break-up, most women go to the hairdressers – I did Playboy."

Doomed engagement

Several years after her divorce, Dannii believed she had eventually found the one she would spend the rest of her life with.

After meeting Formula 1 Jacques Villeneuve legend, the pair instantly sparked up a romantic relationship with Dannii being head over heels in love with the Canadian sportsman.

The pair met in 1999, two years after he became the World Champion with the pair hoping to last forever and became engaged after just five months.

However, their relationship came to an abrupt end in 2001, with a source telling The Sun: "Their relationship has been cooling for a while and I think they both realised marriage was maybe not for the best.

"Their romance has been very full on since they started dating nearly two years ago, the honeymoon period is very much over now and they have decided to call it a day."

easyJet billionaire

At the height of her fame and shortly after her split from Jacques, Dannii found the ultimate boyfriend, easyJet founder, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou.

The Greek businessman founded the company back in 1995 with just two leased aircraft and a £5 million loan from his dad.

Dannii is believed to have "bumped into" Stelios in Monte Carlo when his net worth was around £300million, a far cry from his now estimated £2.175 billion.

A source said: "They are very fond of one another, Dannii has been through some rough times recently and Stelios has been very kind to her.

"Her last relationship ended badly so she's a bit nervous about jumping into anything else so soon but she has a good feeling about Stelios."

Sadly, just months after meeting in August 2001, the couple split in December of the same year.

Simon Cowell 'fling'

Dannii first encountered music mogul Simon Cowell when she landed a job on The X Factor in 2007, admitting that she couldn't wait to be "up close and personal" with the Syco boss.

Just months later, the pair were spotted hand in hand in a car after a Children In Need event.

Simon has previously opened up about his relationship with Dannii, saying he "had a crush on her, it was Dannii's hair, the sexy clothes and the t*ts, it was genuine love."

However, their rumoured relationship came under fire from co-star Sharon Osbourne who said: "She had an uppity attitude as she was f***ing the boss, she clearly felt sh*gging Simon gave her vicarious power."

Baby daddy heartache

Dannii struck up a relationship with model and former professional rugby hunk Kris Smith back in 2008 after meeting in Ibiza.

Just two years after meeting, Dannii confirmed that she was pregnant shortly after her 12-week scan, with the pair welcoming a baby boy, Ethan Edward Minogue-Smith in July 2010.

Sadly, just two years after the birth of Ethan, Kris, 43, called time on their romance after Kris decided enough was enough.

At the time, a friend said Dannii was distraught and thought they "would be a family forever"

They added: "The reality is that it has been on the rocks for a year, Dannii fought so hard to make it work, but it was like Kris had given up – it's so devastating for her, given the bad luck she has had with relationships in the past."

Speaking about their split while appearing on the Aussie version of I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Kris said: "We didn't want to get in silly bickering arguments in front of Ethan, so the hardest thing I've had to do is leave.

"[Ethan] was very young, but I didn't ever want to see him in an environment where it's a little bit bitter or argumentative.

"It was nothing I wanted. All I ever wanted in my life was to settle down and have kids with one woman. It absolutely ripped my heart out, but it was for the best."

Secret boyfriend

Dannii is believed to have been in a relationship with music producer Adrian Smith since around 2014, although neither of them have confirmed the claims.

In 2018, Dannii told The Sun that she had a "beautiful boyfriend" and the pair are "super private".

The pair were spotted moving furniture into a home in Hawthorn East, Melbourne, in June this year, with the pair allegedly holding hands at Sydney airport in June.

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