Year-on-year Delta Goodrem has been Australia’s barefoot-piano-playing darling. Her voice alone should have been enough to sell out stadiums around the world; Lost Without You, Born To Try, Innocent Eyes, Not Me Not I – the list of hits went on. She was – and still is – a firm fashion favourite on the carpet too but it was one year in particular which stood out.
In 2003, after releasing her record-breaking debut album Innocent Eyes at just 18-year-old, Goodrem was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma disease. She still made it to the awards, her hair a little shorter and her smile just as wide. Darren Hayes sang Goodrem’s Lost Without You in her honour. She took home seven pointy trophies that night.
The following year, Goodrem was scheduled to perform her new single Out Of The Blue, a reported chronicle of her relationship with tennis bad-boy Mark Philippoussis. The lyrics told of a man who helped a woman through the most difficult time in her life. Just before the ARIA Awards, Goodrem was reportedly left “devastated” after revelations surfaced that her boyfriend was in a new relationship with socialite Paris Hilton. Reportedly heartbroken, Goodrem, 19, had to perform her track Out Of The Blue anyway, her voice struggling to the hit the high notes. Watch the heartbreaking performance where Goodrem tells us of a man who surprised her during a time in her life “when I thought it could be last”. Heavy.