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What Happened to Kiki Dee?

Kiki Dee
Kiki Dee (Credits: Last.FM)

Pauline Matthews was born on 6 March 1947 in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, UK. Kiki Dee, or Pauline Matthews, is a singer who charted on Billboard Hot 100 with Elton John. She has 40 singles, three Eps, and 12 albums.

Her UK Top 20 hit singles Amoureuse, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, and I’ve Got The Music in Me was her path to fame. She sang with local dance bands, and she was scouted by a record company scout in 1963. She was signed to Fontana Records.

She has never been married but had good relationships. The 76-year-old is preparing for her Australian tour. She auditioned at the age of 16 for a record company.

She sang a duet with Elton John, topping no. 1 in the US, UK, and Australia. In her forties, she was diagnosed with uterine cancer. She was treated for the cancer but read on to find out what happened to Kiki Dee.

Kiki Dee and elton john

Kiki Dee and Elton John (Credits: Elton John)

What Happened to Kiki Dee?

Today she lives in Herefordshire moving from London. She tested positive for COVID in 2022, which canceled her performances. ‘I’m a childless woman, yet I felt no maternal urges whatsoever.’ She has no appeal to nappy changing. In her late 30s, she was diagnosed with cancer in her womb and had a routine smear test.

Her cancer canceled two of the shows, and she expressed dislike for her voice. During this time, she also tested positive for COVID but didn’t back off from her shows and concerts. Her uterine cancer was cured with radiation treatment, but she couldn’t bear kids.

This made her kick-start in full force into her music career, playing lead in the stage musical Blood Brothers for more than 1000 shows. She has no regrets after she recovered with fans’ prayers. She was an empowered woman who started singing when women did not sing.

Kiki and her relationships

She had a genuine and close relationship with Elton John but denied a romantic connection. Her childhood was about family holidays and singing in contests.

She started singing at six and won her first talent contest during a holiday. Her father would support her in whatever she did and act as a backup. She started singing at age five.

She went on seaside trips to Scarborough in the 50s with donkeys, sand castles, and candy with her father lounging on the beach.

She was signed to the Motown UK label, and she was working hard, but she realized that she wasn’t doing well commercially. Elton signed her to Rocket Records and toured her band as his support act in the USA.

Davey Johnstone was Elton’s guitarist and her boyfriend in the mid-70s. ‘I dated Davey Johnstone for years in the mid-70s’. She lived with him in Hollywood for four years until he cheated on her. They are still friends, having been in a serious relationship before.

Elton is funny and intelligent and sang her part in the song on a high note that, created the duet. Carmelo Luggeri was a musical partner with whom she had a professional relationship. They have toured in acoustic shows together and collaborated on this Australian tour. Kiki Dee is grateful for being able to sing even now.

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