It's been 27 years since Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue went their separate ways – but Jason has revealed he still can't talk to his former flame about the break-up. The 47-year-old actor admitted the split was a "pretty big punch to take" when Kylie left him for INXS singer Michael Hutchence.
"It was an extremely painful parting of the ways and, without doubt, I took a long time to recover from it," Jason told the Mirror. "Years, definitely.
Jason Donovan has said it took him "years" to recover from his split from Kylie Minogue
"It was bad enough that she'd run off with anybody, but she happened to run into the arms of the greatest rock god of the period, the very guy who I secretly wanted to be. That was a pretty big punch to take.
"I've since bumped into Kylie quite a few times," he added. "The break-up never comes up in conversation. We're not close enough to get into that."
Jason and Kylie started dating while starring together as teenagers in the Australian TV soap Neighbours. They split in 1989 after three years, and Kylie started a relationship with INXS frontman Michael, who died in 1997 at the age of 37.
The on-and-off screen couple dated for three years
Jason is now happily married to Angela Malloch, and the couple have three children together; Jemma, Zac and Molly.
Kylie, 47, meanwhile, is in a relationship with British actor Joshua Sasse , who is 19 years her junior – two years after her romance with Andres Velencoso came to an end.
Confirming the news in November, Kylie admitted she goes "gooey" whenever she talks about the 28-year-old.
Kylie is now dating British actor Joshua Sasse
"I think the general consensus is, we kind of look right together," she told the Daily Telegraph. "So even though on paper it might not look right, it just is right. He is an absolutely brilliant, brilliant guy. And even if I try and act cool and natural, it's written all over my face that I am very happy."
When asked about the 20-year age gap, the Spinning Around singer replied: "Yeah there is some mention of that. People are pretty much leaving us to get on with it."