Dannii Minogue opens up about Simon Cowell romance

Dannii Minogue has revealed she was "hurt" by the revelation of her affair with music mogul Simon Cowell, and has also claimed Sharon Osbourne's 'X Factor' return is a big gamble

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Dannii Minogue

Dannii Minogue was "hurt" by her affair with Simon Cowell.

The 'X Factor' Australia judge - who had a secret romance with the music mogul when the pair worked together on the UK version of the TV talent show - insisted the star isn't a "bad" man but admitted the revelation of their fling left her confused.

She told The Sun newspaper: "When the hell is there to say? Fact - or fiction? That's all I'm saying. I don't understand any of it. It's his thing, his issue.

"He's been amazing and taught me so much. I have so much to be thankful to him for.

"But sometimes your friends can hurt you. I don't think he's bad. I just think he's batty as anything."

The pair's relationship was damaged by the revelation - made last year in Tom Bower's tell-all book - but now Dannii is a new addition to the judging panel on the Australian version of one of Simon's flagship shows.

However, the outspoken star has admitted she thinks rival Sharon Osbourne's return to 'The X Factor' UK is a gamble.

She said: "I'm sure Louis will have fun with Sharon back on the panel. I don't hate her and I do wish her all the best.

"But if I saw her, I'd walk the other way. I have no desire to be in a room with that woman ever, ever again.

"Was Sharon a good signing? I'm not getting into that. That's for the audience to decide. The ratings will tell."

Dannii, 41, conceded although he was taking a big risk, the 53-year-old star has always been "ballsy" with the important decisions.

She added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "[Sharon returning is] risky ... [But] Simon has always been ballsy to make those kind of decisions."

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