This is an extract from our cover story with Delta Goodrem. For more stories like this, pick up the May issue of InStyle Australia, available April 19th.
When you’ve watched someone growing up on your TV screen, it sort of feels like you know them. That’s how it seems when I meet Delta Goodrem for the first time on the set of our InStyle shoot. After all, she’s been in the biz for an impressive 26 years and her beauty is instantly recognisable, even midway through hair and make-up, wrapped in a bathrobe and fluffy slippers...
When we meet again for our interview, photo shoot glam gone, I’m greeted by a very different Delta. Skin bare, hair loose and casually dressed for a Saturday morning in a black crop top, comfy wide-leg pants and white sneakers, she could almost pass for any other thirty-something woman on an off-duty coffee run. Almost. That intangible star quality, specific to the most well-known of names, sets her apart somehow, but is charmingly juxtaposed against a youthful enthusiasm that’s impossible not to like. Sure, we’re holed up in a fancy RV trailer on the set of hit show The Voice, but she’s decorated it with scented candles, pink garland lights and photos of moments captured with her friends, Blu-Tacked to the walls. Toni Braxton’s “Un-Break My Heart” is blaring from her laptop and she snaps it shut, laughing and apologising about the racket, when I arrive.
What’s it like to have your relationships under the spotlight?
"At different phases it’s felt different. Now, I find it really entertaining —it’s not entertaining in some respects, but you have to laugh. I made a conscious decision when I was 30 that I’m not somebody who wants to talk about relationships. [It’s] not how I started and then a relationship kind of pulled me into it and I tested that water and realised that’s not me. So I made a [choice] that I’m not even going to comment “yes” or “no”, but what’s now [occurred], which is really funny, is I’ve had these imaginary relationships and imaginary break-ups that have never happened. And I’ve said nothing for three or four years—all I’ve kept saying is 'I’m single and I’ll let you know when I’m in a serious relationship.' And I will."
How do you deal with it? I’ve always understood and respected
"That it comes with what I do. I never tried to fight that and I’ve been honoured that people are so intrigued. But you have to know in your heart what the reality is [and] what the illusion and fantasy of it all is. I wish I could share my WhatsApp group messages because they are so hilarious. [My friends] will be like, 'Thanks Delta for not inviting us to the wedding,' and I’m like, 'Hey guys, yeah it was a great wedding, so sorry you all missed it!' Or they say, 'Delta, you had a baby!' and I say, 'Yeah, yeah, I had one this week.' You have to laugh. One thing I’ve learnt having been in this for a long time, is that you have to let things go, and you can’t take any of it too seriously."
You’re 33 now. Have you felt differently in your thirties?
"I love it! It’s really different. There’s so much more calm. I feel like my twenties might have been a bit messier than I realised, in the sense that it feels like you’re always running or behind. I’ve seen both sides of what this industry brings, and I wouldn’t change that because it’s definitely given me a lot of strength. When I got into my thirties, I owned who I was more. I stopped having people project who they think I am and [realised] there’s a lot of sides to me and I’m more than just one layer...Maybe I’m just a little bit of a late developer as well. I shot out the gate, but I think I’m a bit of a late bloomer!"
For more of our cover story with Delta Goodrem pick up the May issue of InStyle Australia, available April 19th.