Natalie Imbruglia.
Natalie Imbruglia.

Natalie Imbruglia’s rocky love life

She was a 1990s pin-up whose doe-eyed good looks led her to be linked to everyone from Robbie Williams and Harry Styles to rocker Lenny Kravitz and Friends star David Schwimmer.

While Torn singer Natalie Imbruglia, now 44, is pregnant with her first child, she has yet to settle down - claiming men find her too good-looking.

But how is it possible that one of the world's most desirable women is still single?

 

Natalie Imbruglia announced her first pregnancy via IVF at age 44.
Natalie Imbruglia announced her first pregnancy via IVF at age 44.

A source close to the ex-Neighbours star tells The Sun Online that Imbruglia is hoping having a baby will help her find Mr Right.

"Men love Natalie and she has never been short of admirers - they go crazy for her, and even now she can have her pick of dudes," the pal says.

"But I think she has often chosen guys who are in it for the thrill and passion and not for the long run.

"She got so tired of the disappointment and just really needed a break from all that. She is a superconfident and fulfilled person who can give a child everything. But I think one great thing about being a mum for Natalie is that she has a much better chance of meeting Mr Right because she is thinking about finding a great dad - not just a guy to hang out with.

"Natalie is a role model in so many ways because she really has evolved.

"She has definitely raised her standards for what a good relationship is. She knows that respect and friendship comes first, and she is now totally willing to wait for that instead of diving in head first because of sexual attraction.

"But she is not bitter or disappointed.

"Natalie believes for sure that she will find a long-term partner - but for now the baby is her focus."

'I ALWAYS GO FOR WRONG 'UNS'

 

Imbruglia in her Neighbours years.
Imbruglia in her Neighbours years.

 

Friends star David Schwimmer.
Friends star David Schwimmer.

It was after she left her two-year role as Beth Brennan in Neighbours and released her iconic debut single Torn in 1997 that Imbruglia was catapulted to international stardom.

Her good looks and talent caught the eye of royals, Hollywood stars, pop stars and footballers.

It was around the time Torn was released that Imbruglia embarked on a relationship with Schwimmer.

Schwimmer was three years into playing Ross Geller and, although they split a year later in 1998, Imbruglia has since reflected: "That was a happy relationship."

Short romances followed with Nigel Godrich of Radiohead and soul legend Lenny Kravitz before she met Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns in 1999.

By this point, Imbruglia's music career had really taken off.

A FAILED MARRIAGE

 

Imbruglia with Daniel Johns.
Imbruglia with Daniel Johns.

Following Torn, she had a number two single with Big Mistake in 1998 and won six ARIAs, two BRIT Awards and an NME award for 'Most Desirable Person'.

Imbruglia and Johns, who suffered from depression and anorexia, married on New Year's Eve 2003.

They divorced in 2008, releasing a statement that said: "Our career demands and our lives in different parts of the world have brought us to the point where unfortunately this difficult decision was necessary for both of us."

It taught Imbruglia a hard lesson in love, though as she says: "The breakdown of my marriage showed me that you cannot control the outcome of things.

"We no longer speak but I have no regrets, and it was a very happy time of my life.

"I've learned that it's OK to make mistakes - as long as you learn from them."

Following the divorce came rumours of romances with ex-Arsenal footballer Freddy Ljungberg, pop stars Robbie Williams and Will.i.am and Virgin heir Sam Branson, the son of Richard.

Imbruglia and Johns in 2000.
Imbruglia and Johns in 2000.

She was forced to deny a fling with Harry Styles after they were seen flirting and sneaking out of James Corden's birthday party in 2012, and she's remained coy about a romance with Prince Harry in 2009.

In 2015, she was linked to newly single David Walliams after they were seen arm-in-arm on a night out.

He labelled Imbruglia his "ideal woman" in an interview but insisted the pair were just good mates.

'MEN DON'T WANT TO BE MR IMBRUGLIA'

But, despite an army of celebrity admirers, Imbruglia's own fame hindered any of them being The One.

"I have had exes who were incredibly successful yet they told me that being 'Mr Imbruglia' was an issue for them. I was gobsmacked," she recalls.

"And I seem to always go for the wrong 'uns - I love a bad guy."

Like many romances in the celeb-sphere, there was also the tendency to rush things.

"I seem to start relationships at an 11 out of 10, which is too intense and all consuming," she says.

"Someone explained to me that you need to start lower on the scale - about an eight mark.

"That's something you can build a life around. It gives things room to grow."

'I'M NOT GOING TO APOLOGISE FOR BEING GOOD-LOOKING'

 

Imbruglia’s good looks sometimes distracted from her music career. Picture: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images
Imbruglia’s good looks sometimes distracted from her music career. Picture: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images

It seems ridiculous to say being "too good looking" is a hindrance - but Imbruglia insists the pressure that came with it blighted her 20s.

"There was always so much focus on the way I looked," she said in 2015.

"If I see photographs of myself in my 20s, I can see in my eyes that I'm trying to look like I'm having a good time, but I was basically really conscious of having to step up.

"But now I'm 40, I'm totally over that. I'm not going to apologise any more for being good-looking.

"My mum and dad are attractive people, that's just how it is. All the focus on your looks just sends you insane."

Her 2008 divorce from Johns, plus her increasing dislike of being judged on her appearance, took their toll on Imbruglia's personal life and career.

"For me, I went through a very late self-discovery," she says.

"(After the divorce) I was going through some sort of body dysmorphia and it wasn't good.

"I was anxious, nervous, stressed out and scared. I didn't want to go outside in case people recognised me.

"It nearly sent me insane. I felt I had to live up to Torn. I didn't write it, but I was a part of the reason it was so successful.

 

Imbruglia starred in the 2003 Rowan Atkinson film Johnny English.
Imbruglia starred in the 2003 Rowan Atkinson film Johnny English.

"I felt so much pressure to live up to those expectations, then I was expected to top it. That was really hard for me."

Two years after her divorce, in 2010, Imbruglia decided she needed a break from the spotlight to focus on herself.

In that time, her follow-up albums hadn't reached the successful heights of her first.

She had starred in the movie Johnny English in 2003 but then split from her record label a year later in 2004.

"I hung out in Queensland (Australia) by the beach, did some soul-searching, did X Factor (as a judge), then still didn't want to go back to music," she says.

"So I went to LA. I did an acting course there."

BFFS WITH KYLIE

 

Kylie Minogue and Imbruglia on holidays together. Source: Instagram
Kylie Minogue and Imbruglia on holidays together. Source: Instagram

 

By 2014 and after almost a five-year hiatus, Imbruglia returned to the UK at a more settled phase of life, now living on her own in Notting Hill.

"I party a lot less. I don't go out much. I don't like to," she says.

"Everything's normal. Or maybe I've just lost touch with reality. My life is simple.

"I get home, put joggers on, order a takeaway, hang out with my dog and watch box sets. Very low-key.

"People think I have the greatest life when I don't. Nobody's life is that great.

"I know I'm blessed and I'm grateful but … It's a tough industry and there's hard times too.

"Honestly, I don't remember life before fame. Sometimes I try to strain my brain to remember what it felt like before.

"(But) it's not like I can't go anywhere without security or anything. I think that's better - I don't want to be too famous."

She does, however, keep very famous company, with one of her closest confidantes being fellow Aussie and Neighbours alumna Kylie Minogue.

The girls are often seen holidaying together, but Imbruglia jokingly insists, "We're just normal girls, we talk about normal stuff, like being in Neighbours."

 

The girls on Insta: ‘Appreciating this little girly getaway!’
The girls on Insta: ‘Appreciating this little girly getaway!’

It was turning 40 and having taken time out to discover herself that Imbruglia says she felt her happiest.

When she returned to the industry in 2015 to do a small European tour and release a fifth album of song covers, she said: "Turning 40 was a good thing for me. I'm happier than I've ever been, I'm more settled and I'm not trying to be anything that I'm not."

'I STILL HOPE I'LL MEET SOMEONE'

 

‘I am still hopeful that I will meet someone.’
‘I am still hopeful that I will meet someone.’

But there was still something missing. Imbruglia had dated men but none were the ones she settled for.

Yet she still yearned to be a mother.

In 2015, she admitted: "I am still hopeful that I will meet someone. And yes, I may well look into other options for babies if I don't."

Being the second of four sisters, all of whom have children, she revealed after a recent return to Oz to see her newborn nephew: "I wanted to see him before he was crawling. I love babies."

And then seeing people her own age being parents also bore on her mind.

"It's a bit tricky that a lot of my friends are on to their third child … That is tough because we all know it's like a members' club," she said.

However, with the "exciting news" that she's going solo to be a mum, it looks like it's all turned out perfect for Imbruglia - and she didn't need a man to achieve her dreams.

That said, if her pals are right, it might not be long until she meets that special someone.

This story originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission


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