Elton John is one of the few people to call Kiki Dee by her surprising real name

Kiki Dee, who performed a duet with Sir Elton John on the hit ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’, chats to the Sunday Mirror’s Notebook magazine about her life and career

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Elton John and Kiki Dee perform “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” at Live Aid 1985

My nickname is… Keek. But people like Elton [John, who she duetted with on Don’t Go Breaking My Heart in 1976] Still call me by my real name which is Pauline.

The best advice my parents gave me was… not to take myself too seriously. My dad always said, ‘Keep your feet on the ground and don’t let it go to your head.’ I was only 16 when I was signed to a record label and my dad took me to London. Everything happened so fast.

I am inspired by… the beauty of nature and the good in people, even when the world is a hard and difficult place. Not just big players, but normal people who make life worth living for me.

The most expensive thing I’ve ever spent is… my home. I’ve never lived the life of a rock star. I bought a cottage in a small Hertfordshire village.

Kiki and Elton


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Kiki says not many people call her by her real name


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I would tell my 16 year old self… not to rush. I started in the music business at that age – and I was trying to do too much too soon. I let people tell me what to do and what songs to record.

The biggest challenge in my life was… When I was 40, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer after a routine smear test. I made a full recovery but it changed my life. It made me believe that living in the now is so important.

My childhood dream was… always be a singer. I was very close to my father – a bit like a father’s girl. He was the one who helped make my dream a reality. I started singing when I was 11 and he saw my potential for the first time.

Kiki at her studio in Hertfordshire


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One thing that cheers me up is… a good night’s sleep. When I sleep well, I wake up a different person. Touring and playing late night gigs can tire me out. A glass of wine with my family and friends also wakes me up.

My idea of ​​a perfect evening is… I’ve had so much excitement in my life over the years that today I no longer crave the limelight. So going out to eat with people who are very close to me and who I trust. I feel safe and relaxed when I’m around people who know me.

I’m looking forward to … going on tour again this year. Last year was tough and like many artists I had to postpone my gigs.
So I’m really looking forward to touring with Carmelo [Luggeri] anew. We released a new album in April so we will be covering the new material as well as some of my old songs.

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