Kylie taking music break for acting
Published 14/01/2013 | 11:34
Kylie Minogue is taking time out from music to focus on her acting career.
The 44-year-old pop princess has split from her long-term manager Terry Blamey, who helped launch her pop career with the release of Locomotion in 1987, when she was just 19.
Blamey said in a statement: "Kylie has decided to pull back slightly from the pressures of her career and devote more time to herself and her acting career.
"This is not to say she will be retiring from music, just taking a bit of a break.
"As we reach this fork in the road after a wonderful 25 years working together, we do so amicably, wishing each other nothing but the very best for each other's continued success."
As the news was announced, Kylie reassured her fans on Twitter: "Not quitting."
Kylie, who had her big break starring in Australian soap Neighbours in the 1980s, has had several film roles over the years, including in Moulin Rouge!, Streetfighter and The Delinquents.
She recently appeared in indie film Jack And Diane, and critically acclaimed French film Holy Motors.
Kylie told the Guardian last year: "I'd definitely love to do more acting. My heart cries out for it; it's such a deep longing.
"For years I've been waiting to get back into it and it just hasn't happened. Or, it has happened and it was so disastrous that I thought: 'Oh, it's just not for me'."