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Dannii Minogue’s secret mother-in-law experience from hell

“There's a certain social pecking order and I was definitely not in that scene”

By Erin Doyle
It's no secret that Dannii Minogue was once married to actor Julian McMahon, who she met when they were both starring on Home And Away.
But now the singer is shedding some light on what the marriage was like behind the scenes – including her less-than-ideal relationship with her late mother-in-law, Lady Sonia McMahon.
In a candid interview on Anh's Brush with Fame, Dannii admitted Sonia, who was the wife of former Prime Minister William McMahon, wasn't a fan of her.
"His family did not like me. There's a certain social pecking order and I was definitely not in that scene. She [Sonia] only spoke to me a couple of times," Dannii revealed.
The strained relationship even escalated to the point that Dannii was banned from entering Julian's family home.
"She would not let me go to the family house. Sometimes [Julian] had to go and collect something and I was waiting in the car out the front. It was as if I'd done something wrong to the family but I hadn't done anything wrong," Dannii said.
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Former Home and Away stars Julian and Dannii tied the knot in 1994. (Image: Getty)
Julian's mother, Lady Sonia (pictured in 2005) was not a fan of Dannii. (Image: Getty)
Dannii further revealed that Sonia caused issues at her wedding to Julian in 1994 – a marriage which ultimately ended after 18 months.
"On the actual day of the wedding there was drama. [Sonia] said she wasn't going to show up, so that's quite stressful. Julian and I were going ahead with the marriage regardless.
"So she did end up coming and was causing a scene … it wasn't the greatest … it was hard. I just tried to stay away from it, I just wanted to enjoy the day."
Poor Dannii!
While the couple's marriage didn't last, the pair have both long since moved on.
Dannii later formed a relationship with male model Kris Smith and the exes now share a son named Ethan.
Meanwhile, Julian is on to his third marriage after tying the knot with Kelly Paniagua in 2014.
Julian's mother, Lady Sonia, passed away in 2010.
Back in the day! Dannii and Julian were a star couple in the 1990s. (Image: Getty)
Onwards and upwards! Dannii has long since moved on! (Image: Getty)

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