Kylie Minogue surprised at how letter from Varadkar caused ‘ruckus’

Leo Varadkar, his partner, Matt, and friends with Kylie Minogue at her gig at the 3Arena in 2018. Photo: Tiernan Brady/Twitter

Kylie Minogue has said she was surprised Leo Varadkar faced a backlash for sending her a letter ahead of an Irish gig in 2018.

The then-taoiseach told the pop star he was a “huge fan” and asked if he could invite her to Ireland personally.

“Dear Kylie,” Varadkar wrote.

“Just wanted to drop you a short note in advance of the concert in Dublin. I am really looking forward to it. Am a huge fan! I understand you are staying in the Merrion Hotel which is just across the street from my office in Government Buildings. If you like, I’d love to welcome you to Ireland personally.”

When news of the letter emerged, some opposition TDs labelled it as “cringe-worthy” and felt Varadkar's priorities should lie elsewhere.

In a recent interview, Minogue said she rarely gets involved with politics, but felt the reaction to the letter was over the top.

She said: “I certainly didn’t foresee any ruckus coming from that, but I was aware of it happening”.

“I thought, oh, that’s taken a bit of the shine off that.”

Leo Varadkar told the pop star he was a ‘huge fan’. Photomontage: PA
Leo Varadkar told the pop star he was a ‘huge fan’. Photomontage: PA

The Mail on Sunday, which originally obtained the letter, reported that the Department of the Taoiseach twice refused a request for the letter to be released under Freedom of Information legislation.

Ultimately, Varadkar consented to the release of the letter after an appeal against the decision was refused.

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