Billie Piper appeared to let slip that Kylie Minogue is engaged to her long-term boyfriend Paul Solomons after referring to him as the pop star’s ‘fiancé’ in a candid essay.
The actress, 38, detailed the moment she once collapsed at the age of 18 after ‘days of Diet Cokes and Marlboro Lights’ exacerbated her eating disorder in 1996, and was taken to hospital by a man she later learned was Kylie’s long-term beau.
Writing in a candid essay for ELLE UK, she wrote: ‘It was 2000 when I passed out in a Covent Garden club – ‘foaming at the mouth’, apparently, but I have no reason to believe that.
Honest: Billie Piper revealed she collapsed in a club at the age of 18 after ‘days of Diet Cokes and Marlboro Lights’ exacerbated her eating disorder in a candid essay shared on Thursday
‘My PR rang through to my hospital bed to fill in some blanks – I’d been carried out of the club by a man, apparently. A hero or a pest? I wondered. It’s always hard to tell.
‘(Later, I’d find out his name is Paul, like my dad. He’s Welsh, works at GQ and will, in time, become a dear friend, a blinding success and Kylie Minogue’s fiancé. Hero, not pest. Kylie knows.)’
Billie went on: ‘My ‘dramatic turn’ – as I liked to call it – was a result of days of Diet Cokes and Marlboro Lights fuelling a very active eating disorder, cystitis that crept up my back and into my kidneys, a goblet of sweet white wine and a mind and body dissociation that I feared for the very first time.
Incident: Explaining what happened, she wrote: ‘It was 2000 when I passed out in a Covent Garden club – ‘foaming at the mouth’, apparently, but I have no reason to believe that’
Cause: Billie (pictured in 2000) said her collapse was also caused by ‘cystitis that crept up my back and into my kidneys, a goblet of sweet white wine and a mind and body dissociation’
‘Following that sojourn in hospital, my mother dragged me to a local therapist. I took immediate offence when the therapist asked me if my not eating was because I wanted to be a boy.
‘Ridiculous, I thought. I left. I think about that comment a lot. Maybe I did want to be a boy. Maybe we all did on some level. Or maybe she was s**t at her job. In any case, that was the end of therapy for me. Until I was 34.’
Kylie has previously brushed off rumours that she is engaged to long-term boyfriend Paul, after three years together.
After several long-term relationships, she became engaged in 2016 to British actor Joshua Sasse, who was 28 at the time, but the relationship ended a year later and subsequently suffered a breakdown.
Kylie then started dating Paul in 2018 and last year gushed: ‘I’ve met someone who I feel good with. It feels right.’
In October it was then reported by New Idea that the pair were planning to marry in Melbourne this year, depending on the outcome of the COVID-19
Billie went on to detail her mental health has morphed over the years, saying she has often had to deal with anxiety and an ‘obsession’ with achieving more.
She explained: ‘My anxiety, my need to achieve, my obsession with outdoing myself at every juncture has been a running theme in my life.
Hero: Her ‘dramatic turn’ saw her get taken to hospital by a man she later learned was Paul Solomons, who is now Kylie Minogue’s fiancé (pictured in 2019)
Reflective: Billie (pictured in 1999) went on: ‘My mother dragged me to a local therapist… [who] asked me if my not eating was because I wanted to be a boy. Ridiculous, I thought’
‘Later, this need to achieve and control and be the best version of myself morphed into an eating disorder, then later into what I can only describe as an addiction to work.’
Billie stipulated that being aware of her mental health struggles meant she could work on it: ‘Now being aware of that propensity means I can, to an extent, do something about it.’
The Doctor Who star went on: ‘Therapy does not change who you are. My inner workaholic is still there. So is that white noise at 3am.
‘Working on my mental health is about awareness. Being aware when I’m behaving in a certain way or being overly critical of myself or living for someone else.
‘The change is awareness. I wish it could be more fantastical than that, but the reality is that it just isn’t.
‘All the therapy in the world, all that money spent, and I’m still drawn into behaviours I wish I’d been cured of – but I don’t think I ever will be and that’s OK.’
Read more: The March issue of ELLE UK is on sale from 04 February 2021
Billie, who has had a successful acting and singing career, also discussed the pressures that women face every day to make sure they ‘have it all’.
‘As I entered my thirties and the stakes of all my life decisions became so much greater, I felt restless under this new pressure,’ she claimed.
‘The pressure to not just do your job and live your life and keep your kids content – but instead to exist in hyper 4D.
‘Look, I understand these pressures affect men, too. I’m well aware of how this movement has left men scrabbling. But this very particular issue is, in my opinion, an acutely female epidemic.’
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Awareness: Billie added her mental health has morphed over the years, and she has had to deal with anxiety and an ‘obsession’ with achieving more, but she can now work to improve it