Kylie Minogue is to marry a British actor nearly two decades her junior after a six-month romance, the couple have announced in the pages of The Daily Telegraph.
Minogue, 47, and Joshua Sasse, 28, reveal their engagement in a notice in the Forthcoming Marriages section of today's newspaper. They are thought to have begun dating in September, and are believed to have become engaged during a skiing holiday.
At first glance, they may be an unlikely couple. She is an Australian pop princess with a string of celebrity ex-boyfriends, while he is a public school-educated scion of nobility, whose family home is a rambling house in Herefordshire.
Minogue, whose previous partners include her Neighbours co-star Jason Donovan, and Michael Hutchence, the INXS singer who committed suicide in 1997, previously said she did not know if she would ever marry. "I don't know if I'll be walking down the aisle one day. But I've never really seen it."
Sasse, who met the singer when she made a guest appearance in Galavant, an American musical comedy series in which he plays the lead role, has a family connection to the Telegraph. His maternal great-grandfather, William Berry, 1st Viscount Camrose, bought the paper in 1927 and also owned The Sunday Times and other newspapers. Minogue has previously shrugged off the 19-year age gap between them, telling an Australian radio station: "I think the general consensus is, we kind of look right together. So even though on paper it might not look right, it just is right. He is an absolutely brilliant, brilliant guy. And even if I try and act cool and natural, it's written all over my face that I am very happy."
Despite their short courtship, Minogue has been effusive about the happiness she has found with Sasse, revealing on Desert Island Discs in December that she had "a love in my life, which is just a beautiful thing", and even hinting that she would like to start a family. "If that were to happen that would be incredible," she told interviewer Kirsty Young.
In a departure from tradition, she allowed her fiance to make one of her song choices on the BBC Radio 4 show, and he picked a poem that provided an insight into a tragic episode in his family's history. The verse, written by his father Dominic Sasse, a writer and traveller, moved Minogue to tears, as she told listeners: "I'm a mess... I think I stopped breathing for half of that... That was absolutely beautiful." The audience was unlikely to know that Sasse senior died in a plane crash in Nepal, at the age of 37. His son was four at the time. He published two volumes of poetry in his lifetime, with a third released in 1994.
Minogue sparked engagement rumours in January, after being photographed wearing a diamond ring.