I Loved James Madly but He Couldn't Cope without a Line of Cocaine. I Should Have Left Earlier; EXCLUSIVE KYLIE MINOGUE: Sexy Pop Queen Reveals the REAL Reasons She Ditched Love Rat Gooding

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I Loved James Madly but He Couldn't Cope without a Line of Cocaine. I Should Have Left Earlier; EXCLUSIVE KYLIE MINOGUE: Sexy Pop Queen Reveals the REAL Reasons She Ditched Love Rat Gooding


Byline: DEAN PIPER

KYLIE Minogue has sensationally revealed the full TRUE story behind her split from lover James Gooding and said: "It was all down to him taking drugs and boozing."

The Aussie stunner confessed: "I was madly in love with James from the beginning but it all went so badly wrong.

"He couldn't live without sniffing a line of cocaine or drinking heavily."

Kylie, 34, poured out her feelings in a long, heartfelt talk with little sister Dannii.

The star was desperate to set the record straight about her three-year roller-coaster romance after model Gooding, 27, launched an astonishing attack on her over their final split.

He branded the sexy songbird a "self-obsessed control freak" driven by ambition.

But Kylie told 31-year-old Dannii: "It wasn't about that. He just couldn't cope without the cocaine and drink and there was no room for me in his life.

"It was all about the drink and drugs. He couldn't manage without them, which was hard to deal with. His personality changed so much.

"I let it drag on for far too long. I should have ditched him before the entire thing got messy."

Kylie, who is now being comforted by handsome French actor Olivier Martinez, confided in her singing star sister how she:

-LOVED Gooding more deeply than any other man she had been out with.

-DREAMED of settling down with the hunk before his addictions spiralled out of control - and even longed to have his children.

-FELT distraught when Essex-born Gooding put all the blame on her over the end of their passionate but troubled affair.

-REFUSES to talk to him ever again because she is so furious at him for cashing in by peddling his kiss-and-tell version of their romance.

Kylie, one of the world's most lusted-after women, told Dannii: "At the beginning I actually thought I had found someone I could trust and possibly even settle down with and marry.

"But James's true colours came out eventually. In the end I was left with a guy who I loved dearly but who could never be the one for me.

"Watching him go through all the drug taking and boozing was worse than calling it off straight away.

"I wanted kids with him. I was prepared to raise a family with the guy. But the worse things got, the more I realised that me and him were never going to work out."

Kylie raged: "He couldn't look after himself, let alone be a responsible father. I let myself down by not getting out sooner - while I could."

She is positive there is no chance of one more reconciliation in the on-off love saga.

A close female friend said: "I doubt she will speak to him ever again, As far as she is concerned he doesn't exist any more.

"She is furious that he went behind her back and sold his pathetic lies. Kylie has no interest in ever laying eyes on him again.

"He can go jump if he ever thinks she will forgive him, because she won't. She loved James more than any of her men but now he has stabbed her in the back. She won't forget this."

Kylie was stunned by Gooding's claims that she agreed to them having an open relationship. Her pal insisted: "Of course she wouldn't agree to that. She was gutted when she read that in his version of events.

"It is something Kylie never would have considered, especially as she was madly in love with him for such a long time."

Money-grabbing Gooding claimed in his "revelations" last weekend: "The Kylie the public know is the cheeky, chirpy Aussie loaded with talent and buckets of sex appeal and that's the Kylie I fell in love with.

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