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Dannii Minogue admits being a mentor on X- Factor encouraged her to become a mother 

Dannii Minogue makes a rare confession about motherhood and admits she NEVER wanted children until she hosted The X Factor UK

Dannii Minogue is the mother of 10-year-old son Ethan, who she shares with former partner Kris Smith.

In a recent interview on the White Wine Question Time podcast, the Australian singer, 49, admitted that she didn’t have an inkling to become a mum until she mentored young performers on The X Factor UK.

Dannii, who started her gig as a judge on the talent show aged 36 in 2007, revealed: ‘It was the first time… I had any feeling of being maternal. I was so protective of anyone who was in my team.’

Motherhood: Dannii Minogue has revealed the first time she ever felt maternal after originally never wanting to have children

‘I felt like a mother when I pushed them out on stage,’ she continued.

‘It was through that experience, that I even was opening up to the thought of it. So for me looking back on that huge experience and everything that was a part of it, it basically set me up for the next part of my life.’ 

But this isn’t the first time Dannii has spoken about her journey to motherhood. In 2019, she revealed that before becoming a mother, she never wanted to have children.

Baby joy: Dannii Minogue welcomed her first child, a boy, Ethan, with former partner Kris Smith in July 2010 (Dannii, baby Ethan and Kris pictured)

Baby joy: Dannii Minogue welcomed her first child, a boy, Ethan, with former partner Kris Smith in July 2010 (Dannii, baby Ethan and Kris pictured) 

‘I never had a burning desire to be a mum – ever,’ she told TV presenter and comedian Anh Do on Anh’s Brush With Fame. 

The singer said she struggled to get enthused about the prospect of having children because her hectic lifestyle meant she rarely looked after other people’s kids. 

‘I’d never babysat kids because I never had time to do those normal things,’ she told Anh as he painted her portrait.

‘I was nervous with my brother’s children – I never knew how to hold them or what to do – it wasn’t all natural for me.’

'I never had a burning desire to be a mum - ever': In 2019, Dannii (pictured), revealed she didn't want to have children before giving birth to her son Ethan, 10

‘I never had a burning desire to be a mum – ever’: In 2019, Dannii (pictured), revealed she didn’t want to have children before giving birth to her son Ethan, 10

In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, like many mums, Dannii struggled as she had to home school her son. 

‘Home schooling is far the hardest,’ The Masked Singer Australia judge told TV Week last year.

She added: ‘I know it took me a nanosecond to respond, but seriously, I would do live TV any day of the week rather than try to be a teacher for my son.’

Exes: Dannii shares son Ethan, 10, with her ex, British Myer ambassador and model Kris Smith. Pictured together in 2010

Exes: Dannii shares son Ethan, 10, with her ex, British Myer ambassador and model Kris Smith. Pictured together in 2010

Dannii shares son Ethan, 10, with her ex, British Myer ambassador and model Kris Smith. The pair keep their son out of the spotlight.

Kris has since moved on to a relationship with person trainer Sarah Boulazeris.

The two share two daughters Mila and Frankie Elle. 

Family life: Kris has since moved on to a relationship with personal trainer Sarah Boulazeris. The two share two daughters Mila and Frankie Elle

Family life: Kris has since moved on to a relationship with personal trainer Sarah Boulazeris. The two share two daughters Mila and Frankie Elle

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