"Olli was there all the time," the Australian pop star tells U.K. Elle in its December issue. "He was incredible. He didn't hesitate in canceling work and putting projects on hold so he could be with me."
After receiving her cancer diagnosis in May 2005, Minogue underwent treatment, but struggled to maintain a positive outlook. In the Elle interview, she says that it was Martinez who kept her both active and reassured.
"I'm still trying to get better, still in recovery," says. "But life goes on and I'm back working and being creative and enjoying all of that." But Minogue says her outlook and her attitude have changed: "Friends comment that I seem more present, more 'here.'
"We're over stress," she continues. "I feel more inspired than ever, and think that I will finally achieve what I have long been wishing for: a balance of work and privacy – a harmony."