The Voice Australia: Delta Goodrem Back Flying High
Having called time on her relationship with Brian McFadden in April 2011 Delta Goodrem has grown up she believes. Now at 27 the singer is riding high once again and is one of the hosts of the hugely popular The Voice: Australia she has been talking to News.Com.Au’s Sunday Magazine about the way her life has turned in the past year.
“I apologise if I fall asleep halfway through talking – I only had four hours sleep and I’ve just flown in from Brisbane,” she says hoarsely, touching a hand to her neck to acknowledge her sore throat. “I’m exhausted.”
It’s hardly surprising Goodrem’s tired. After almost five years of radio silence, all of a sudden, she’s everywhere. Her single Sitting on Top of the World - her first track release since I Can’t Break it to My Heart from the 2007 album Delta – entered the ARIA charts at number two last month; she’s appearing as a coach on the Nine Network’s runaway hit show The Voice; she has a new album on the way; plans to tour later this year; and has just bagged a major commercial contract, signing up as the face of vitamin company Swisse’s new skincare range.
“I’ve tried to change my life in the last couple of years, tried to make changes for the best,” she says. “So when Swisse approached me, it was poetic. The stars have been aligning nicely.”
They certainly have. “I think people can see it on my face, I’m just…” she breathes out and smiles, “I’m not stressed. The song Sitting on Top of the World is about when you’re in the right place, things are going smoothly. I’m so happy to be back to me again.”
She’s found her feet after making some big life changes. “In 2010, I started my quest to change my world,” she explains. “I realised it was time to move.”
So she left the Sydney home she shared with fiance Brian McFadden and moved to LA, where she lived with her co-writer and long-time friend Vince Pizzinga. Then, in April 2011, after almost seven years together, she and McFadden split.
“Something switched,” she says. “There are things you tolerate when you’re younger that you won’t tolerate when you’re a bit older. You realise, ‘Oh, I don’t have to!’ I had a lot of things that had to change. You have to listen to your inner voice.” She taps her fingers to her forehead and smiles wryly. “But quicker next time.”