Dannii Minogue: 'I thought I was dying'
She told the Herald Sun, 'Anyone who says it is the most painful thing: I hear you.
'[Giving birth] was actually a breeze [by comparison]. After two hours of appendix pain I called my doctor and said, 'I think I'm dying and if I don't get to hospital right now I will be dead'.
'I had no idea what it was at that stage. I was out visiting a friend and started feeling unwell and it got worse and worse. The actual thought going through my head was I'm going to die. I couldn't move.'
She continued, 'Being in that much pain and not knowing what it was, was just horrendous. I'm just a new mum - I've got a little baby to look after. It was really scary. [The surgeons] whipped it (appendix) out.'
The 39-year-old said that the illness forced her to re-evaluate her work commitments in her home country of Australia and in the UK, and led to her decision to quit the UK X Factor.
'It's been a massive couple of years for me,' she explained. 'People just don't know the toll it takes, going back and forth to London. I'm here, I'm there, I hop off, then I keep going again. I'm really happy, but any health scare is a wake-up call and you really enjoy that time to sit back and breathe for a bit.
'It's the biggest show [in the UK] and I put my heart and soul into it and it's nice to leave on a high. But who knows about the future... watch this space.'