Kylie Minogue believes Michael Hutchence is her "archangel".
The 46-year-old star has revealed she feels as though her late ex-boyfriend - who committed suicide in 1997 - has been watching over her during her 'Kiss Me Once' tour, in which she performs a cover of his former band INXS' hit single 'Need You Tonight'.
She said: "I feel like he's with me. I don't want a monster to be made out of that and people to say I've become Shirley MacLaine. But I feel like he's my archangel, on this tour especially."
Kylie admits she was unaware the track was so "sexy" when it was a hit in 1987, when she was still starring in 'Neighbours' and hadn't yet met one of the true loves of her life.
She shared: "I don't think I really knew what sexy was back then. But that's a sexy song."
The 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' hitmaker pays "homage" to Hutchence during what she calls the Helmut Newton section of her tour, which features black and white imaging, and keeps her cover of 'Need You Tonight' as close to the original as possible.
She told news.com.au: "Even what I'm wearing [on stage] is something I would have worn when I was dating Michael. There's a definite homage to him. Hand on my heart every night before that song I have a moment to myself where I say, 'This is for you', and it feels really good.
"We kept saying through the whole tour in the UK and Europe, 'Wait until we get to Australia, they will go nuts when they hear this song'."