Natalie Imbruglia has kept a fairly low profile since her exit from “The X Factor” Australia, but now she has given an update on what she’s been doing lately. Imbruglia was a judge on “The X Factor” Australia in 2010. Her contract was not renewed after she did one season with the show.
Imbruglia, 37, told the Australian newspaper the Herald Sun that she has temporarily moved from London to Los Angeles to revive her acting career. Back in the early ’90s, Imbruglia first rose to fame in Australia by co-starring in the soap opera “Neighbours.” But by 1997, her acting took a back seat to her singing career, due to the international success of her cover version of Ednaswap’s “Torn,” which is still her biggest hit.
Many younger music fans were introduced to “Torn” in 2010, when One Direction chose the song for the group’s first live performance, which happened during the “judges’ houses” phase of the competition that year. One Direction continued to perform “Torn” at the group’s concerts in 2011 and 2012.
Imbruglia was a guest judge on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2010, and she was one of the judges who gave unanimous “yes” votes to One Direction’s Liam Payne during his “X Factor” audition, before he was put in the group.
Imbruglia told the Herald Sun: “I really loved doing [‘The X Factor’]. It was fantastic, but I never signed up for it to be a long-term thing. It was just nice to do something different for a while and put my energy into some young artists. I actually really enjoyed my time there. But when that finished, I thought, ‘What am I going to do now?’ And then I thought, ‘I’m going to go to LA and study acting and audition.’ I have never really allowed myself to do the acting thing properly.”
But she isn’t done with being a judge on am Australian TV show, since she made a guest appearance as a judge/mentor on Channel 10’s “I Will Survive,” a new reality show/contest in which performers compete to win a role in a Broadway musical.
Ironically, “I Will Survive” is being televised during the same nights as Channel 7’s “The X Factor” Australia, which is slaughtering “I Will Survive” in the ratings.
As for her relocation to Los Angeles, Imbruglia said she is adjusting but she still considers London her home: “I miss everything about London. I’ve still got my place in Notting Hill and I’m very homesick. Ideally I’d be living there, but for what I’m trying to do at the moment, although London is home, LA is the place to be.”
Imbruglia didn’t have any acting jobs that she could talk about in the interview, but she did say that in acting auditions, she often surprises people because their expectations are so low, since they usually only know her as singer.
Imbruglia has not publicly commented on the revelation that she had a fling with “The X Factor” executive producer Simon Cowell. He mentioned the affair in an interview that he did for the 2012 biography “Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell.” Although the book did not specify when the fling happened, it is believed to have occurred sometime between 2008 and 2010, after Imbruglia’s split from her ex-husband, Silverchair lead singer Daniel Johns. Imbruglia and Johns were married from 2003 to 2008.
In “Sweet Revenge,” Cowell said that when Imbruglia visited him on his yacht while he was vacationing in Capri in December 2011, he was hoping to rekindle their affair, but she was not interested. “I wanted another fling and she didn’t,” Cowell said. (Maybe it wasn’t high on her list of priorities to have a fling with a former boss who fired her.)
Imbruglia confessed to the Herald Sun: “I thought I would be in a very different place at this point in my life. You don’t know which way your life is going to turn. I didn’t think I’d be divorced, and I didn’t think I wouldn’t have any children …
“There are artists who think they have to be on top all the time. I think that would be exhausting. Even after my first album, ‘Left of the Middle’ (which sold more than seven million copies internationally), it was a lot of pressure. It’s tough living like that. I think it’s good to just be happy.”