Delta Goodrem Biography
18-year-old Delta Goodrem had it all. She had a lucrative record deal with Sony Records which she had signed when she was 15-years-old and she had just landed the role as the shy teenager Nina Tucker, step-daughter of Lou Carpenter in "Neighbours."
Then she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a form of cancer which attacks the body's immune system. She had warning signs before her diagnosis, which forced her to go to the doctor, head-to-toe rash, fatigue, weight loss, night sweats and a lump in her neck.
"I was doing sit-ups when I felt something pop in my neck," she said. "I reached down and felt a small lump at the base of my throat. It wasn't sore or visible but I could feel it."
She was forced to put all her work commitments on hold, leaving "Neighbours" to undergo at least four months of chemotherapy, which caused her hair to fall out, followed by radiotherapy at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney.
Speaking afterwards about how she felt when she was diagnosed she said, "I just shook for the next 24-48 hours, then burst into tears, I was petrified," she said.
"I have never had any insecurities about my appearance before, but after I became ill I had to take steroids and I blew up a bit. My skin was greenish and I lost my hair. I had to wear braces because my teeth were starting to move and all those things added up, I was mortified."
In August 2003, when she was still recovering, she did not renew her contract with her management company as her mother became her manager. Following her 4th consecutive Number 1 single "Not Me, Not I" she won 7 ARIA Awards including Best Female Artist. She was still too ill to perform at the Awards Ceremony so Darren Hayes performed "Lost Without You" as a tribute and an overwhelmed Delta Goodrem was reduced to tears.
In December that year it was announced she was in remission and she began work on her second album "Mistaken Identity". This was different to her first and had darker themes inspired by the hardships of the last 12 months.
She was supported through her cancer recovery by her boyfriend at the time, tennis ace Mark Philippoussis but their relationship ended after nine months when he cheated on her with Paris Hilton. Her comeback single "Out of the Blue" was written about his support during her cancer battle.
After the split she began dating Brian McFadden from Westlife, ex-husband of Kerry Katona. In 2006 her mother told her to end the relationship to concentrate on her career, but she refused to do so and they became engaged on November 30th 2007 when he proposed to her on a trip to Bali.
They planned to marry in December 2009 but they postponed the wedding which prompted media speculation that the couple had split up. The papers said they had sold their home in Hunter's Hill and she was living in America whilst he was staying with friends in Melbourne due to their careers taking them in different directions.
But McFadden laughed off the split saying "Thanks for letting us know, what would we do without the English press? Just when I thought Delta and I were happy they let me know we're not - thanks I almost missed it." In October 2010 he referred to Goodrem as his "Angel Wife" causing speculation that the couple had secretly married.
Goodrem has said she feels she returned to work too soon after her illness as she was still feeling very low.
"I got a bit angry because I got back into the music industry far too quickly doing the "Mistaken Identity" album," she said. "For the first time people were starting to say negative things about me and I didn't really enjoy it, it was all too serious."
She did not start dating McFadden until December 2004 and he had split from Katona in the September but the British tabloids were pointing the finger and calling her a home-wrecker saying she had caused the separation between them.
"That was the pinnacle of when I started to go 'this is not enjoyable any more.' I got into this business to do music and to bring out a positive message and I felt betrayed," she said.
Although her parents are divorced she is close to all her family. Her younger brother Trent is a wingman in Australian Rules Football for the Central District Football Club in South Australia, playing in the South Australia National Football League.
Delta Goodrem regularly visits sick children in hospital and uses her experience with cancer to help raise awareness for other young people affected by the disease, and she has set up the "Delta Goodrem Leukemia and Lymphoma Research Trust Fund" to support Cancer Research.