Delta Goodrem wants you to know she enjoys reading about her love life as much as you do. From the end of her year-plus relationship with musician Matthew Copley to tabloid speculation over a recent dinner with Sony Music Australia label-mate Harry Styles, the singer and actress has absorbed it all.
Even so, Delta is keeping things close to her chest. “I understand,” she concedes, “that people really have made up worlds separate to me and it really has become quite entertaining because it takes on a very different storyline.”
At 33, and 18 years into a career lived mostly in the spotlight, Delta—soon to play her mentor in the Seven two-part movie Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You, release her soundtrack and continue coaching her latest team on Nine’s The—has come to terms with these pokes at her private life, part of her fans’ desire to see their Princess of Pop settled with an appropriate Prince.
“It’s very sweet, I find it very sweet,” she says, nodding with a smile at one wish for her to reunite with Nick Jonas, whom she dated in 2011. “I have accepted now that there’s been interest in the love-life side.”
Still, when she turned 30, Delta made a promise to herself. “I said, ‘You know what? I think I know that it’s just not who I am to talk about it,’” she says. “I don’t fight it.”
In her cover story with WHO, Delta also opens up about her rumoured feud with Olivia Newton-John. “As fate had it,” she says, “Olivia called me and said, ‘I’d really like you to do this,’ and then I took that in and treasured it and looked at it in the way that I couldn’t imagine anyone caring as much as I possibly could.” Becoming emotional, she adds, “There’s a connection between us as friends, as artists, as people who come in with a similar intention in life, so I knew I would bring my heart. You can never be as good as the original—I can’t imagine anyone ever trying to be me, or me ever trying to be Olivia—so this is a celebration of her.”
To read more from Delta, including her baby plans, “dates” with ‘Voice’ coach Kelly Rowland and details from filming ‘Olivia,’ pick up her cover story in WHO on newsstands today.
‘Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You’ airs Sun., May 13 and May 20 at 7 PM on Seven. ‘The Voice’ airs Sun., May 13 at 7 PM and Mon., May 14 at 7.30 PM on Nine. The soundtrack ‘Delta Goodrem: I Honestly Love You’ is out May 11.