There's no denying Delta Goodrem is one of Australia's biggest stars. The popular entertainer rose to fame after being cast as Nina Tucker in iconic soap Neighbours and has continued her dominance in the Aussie entertainment scene ever since. Her breakout album, Innocent Eyes, and single 'Born To Try', made the young 15-year-old an instant household name. Despite experiencing a successful career, life hasn't been smooth sailing for Delta, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2003.
But, there's so much more to know about Aussie star. Here we cover the life and career of Delta Goodrem.
Early Life & Discovery
Born on the 9th of November, 1984, to parents Denis and Lea Goodrem who are now divorced. She has a younger brother Trent, who is an Australian Rules footballer. Goodrem's parents named her Delta after Joe Cocker's song 'Delta Lady'.
At the age of 7, Delta appeared in an American advertisement for the Galoob Toy Company starring alongside fellow Aussie Bec Cartwright (now Bec Hewitt). The years following, Delta would appear in several more advertisements including for Optus and Nesquik. The then youngster would go on to make small appearances in Australian television shows like Hey Dad...!, A Country Practice and Police Rescue.
At the age of 15, Delta signed a record deal with Sony. In 2002, Goodrem took up the role as the shy Nina Tucker in the popular soap Neighbours, which helped launch Goodrem's music career. The piano-based ballad 'Born to Try', co-written by Audius Mtawarira, premiered on the show and reached number one on the ARIA Singles Chart and number three in the UK. After selling 210,000 copies, the song was certified triple Platinum in Australia.
Goodrem's role as Nina also landed her a Logie for 'Most Popular New Talent' in 2003. That same year, Delta's single 'Lost Without You' topped the ARIA Singles Chart and reached number four in the UK. In her breakout year, Goodrem won seven ARIA Awards, including Best Female Artist, surpassing Natalie Imbruglia's previous record of six awards in 1999.
Goodrem later released her self-penned debut album Innocent Eyes in 2003. The album went on to break Australian records previously held by John Farnham's Whispering Jack(1986) by staying at number one for 29 consecutive weeks, while tying with Neil Diamond's Hot August Night (1972) as the second longest charting number one album with a total of 29 weeks at the top spot.
Goodrem's second album Mistaken Identity was released in Australia in 2004 and debuted at number one on the ARIA Albums chart. Since then, Delta has released an additional three albums: Delta (2007), Child of the Universe (2012) and Wings of the Wild (2016).
According to Celebrity Net Worth, as of 2019, Delta Goodrem's net worth is estimated at $US16 million ($AU21.3 million).
As well as making her mark in singing, Delta experienced a successful acting career. She began her TV and movie career at the age of seven appearing in shows Hey Dad...!, A Country Practice and Police Rescue. At 16, she grew to fame after joining the cast of Neightbours. She earned the lead role in 2005 film Hating Alison Ashley.
Recently, Delta had a special guest role in Nine's House Husbands and also filmed the lead role of her idol and friend Olivia Newton-John in the biopic Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted To You, which aired on Channel 7 in 2018. She played Olivia through all stages of her life, including her rise to fame, time on Grease, and her pregnancy with daughter Chloe Lattanzi.
In 2011, Goodrem was confirmed to be a part of the judging panel of the Australian version of The Voice coaching alongside Keith Urban, Joel Madden, and Seal. Goodrem is still a member of the Australian judging panel. In 2013, she was announced as a coach alongside Joel Madden, who teamed up with his brother Benji Madden, and Mel B. for The Voice Kids.
At the age of 18, Delta was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. In an exclusive interview with The Australian Women's Weekly at the time, Goodrem revealed that she had suffered from a head-to-toe rash, fatigue, weight loss, night sweats, and a lump on her neck. "I was doing sit-ups when I felt something pop in my neck. I reached down and I felt a small lump at the base of my throat. It wasn't sore, it wasn't visible, but I could feel it."
As part of her treatment, Goodrem underwent chemotherapy, which resulted in the loss of her hair, and radiation therapy.
The 'Wings' singer, who has never been married, confirmed on the Kyle and Jackie O Show in March 2018 that she is single. However, since then, Delta has gone public with boyfriend Matthew Copley, a musician she met while touring. “I have accepted now that there’s been interest in the love-life side," she told WHO of the speculation fans have about her relationships. The couple have been dating for several months and were most recently spotted on holiday together.
Speaking to InStyle Australia in 2018, Delta also opened up about how she deals with her relationships being in the public eye. "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."
Although Delta keeps her private life relatively out of the media, the former actress has had a few high-profile relationships.
Delta and Jonas Brother Nick dated for 10 months before calling it quits in 2002. Although the former couple is sometimes spotted handing out in LA, Nick has most definitely moved on and is now married to Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra.
Delta Goodrem dated Irish musician Brian McFadden for seven years and the pair were engaged before ending their relationship in 2011. "This decision has been made with a lot of soul searching from both parties with the realisation that they have grown apart," a statement from the former couple said at the time.
Delta dated tennis player Mark Philippoussis for nine months in 2004 when she was just 19 and battling cancer. Her single, 'Out of the Blue', was written about his support during her cancer battle. The couple's relationship ended in controversy when newspapers reported Philippoussis had been unfaithful.
Ever since her cancer diagnosis at the age of 18, Delta has regularly been involved in charity work often relating to cancer treatment and kids. In 2005, the singer helped launch 'Teen Info Into Cancer', a UK site aimed at supporting young teen sufferers. That same year, Goodrem also became an ambassador for Research Australia's 'Thank You Day' which honoured the country's health and medical researchers and received a Thank You Day Celebrity Advocacy Award in recognition of her efforts in raising funds and awareness.
In 2011 Goodrem became an ambassador for the Kinghorn Cancer Centre at Sydney's Garvan Institute of Medical Research, and in 2017 she was featured on a cover of The Beatles' 'With a Little Help from My Friends', to raise money for the Sony Foundation's project Friends4Youth.
Goodrem is also a member of RADD (Recording Artists, Actors And Athletes Against Drink Driving), a group of celebrities raising awareness of the risks of drunk driving.
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