When Osbourne made Minogue cry

Updated: Sep 20, 2010, 09:21 AM IST

London: Sharon Osbourne reduced Dannii Minogue to tears moments before the pop star`s debut appearance on a British reality show after reportedly shouting at her backstage.

The Australian singer was drafted in to join the judging panel on Simon Cowell`s The X Factor in 2007, but tabloid reports soon emerged of tension behind the scenes with fellow judge Osbourne.

The 57-year-old wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne confronted Minogue about the rumours minutes before the stars were due onstage for the first live show of the series, accusing her of fuelling the claims, reported Contactmusic.

"About 30 minutes before the live broadcast, there was (an) urgent knock on my dressing room door, and in bowled Sharon - still in her dressing gown - with her assistant tagging along behind her. Sharon demanded to know why I hadn`t gone to the press to tell them what a nice person she was," Minogue writes in her new autobiography `Dannii: My Story`.

"`All this gossip in the press is ruining my life,` she snapped. `You could be telling them that I`m a nice person but instead you`re adding fuel to the fire by saying nothing.`

`Sharon, I have never said anything bad about you, and I wouldn`t say anything bad about you,` I told her. But she didn`t seem interested in what I had to say," writes Minogue.

Osbourne then reportedly lashed back, "`Oh, don`t play the innocent. `Cos if you wanna play games, Missy, I`ll play... Don`t you worry, I`ll play!`"

Minogue was left in tears after Osbourne`s rant and had to quickly calm herself down before the live TV taping.

"The minute she left, I burst into tears. I`d managed to hold it together while Sharon had been there, but once she`d gone I couldn`t hold it in, and I wept into my hands. I wasn`t crying because I thought there was any truth to what she`d said - I was crying because someone I had previously looked up to had bawled in my face and ruined my big night," she writes.

The book is due for release on 30 September.

PTI