** NOT FOR PUBLICATION BEFORE 00.01 GMT SATURDAY DEC. 29 2007 ** FILE ** Australian singer Kylie Minogue arrives for the screening of the film "Ocean's Thirteen," at the 60th International film festival in Cannes, southern France, on in this Thursday, May 24, 2007 file photo. Kylie Minogue, the actress and pop princess whose brave battle with cancer inspired millions, gets an OBE in THE Queen's New Year Honours List published Saturday Dec. 29, 2007. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Kylie Minogue says performing is "like a drug".

The 'Timebomb' singer - who has been in showbiz for 25 years - admits being on stage in front of thousands of fans is a huge thrill and can sometimes be hard to come down from.

She said: "It is like a drug: the adrenaline is so strong and it's such a high that coming back down can be terrible. That's why I consider myself an artist rather than a pop star."

Kylie, 44, admits she still gets nervous before her performances and has to calm herself down before she goes on stage.

She revealed: "I tell myself it is the same for everybody. Without the applause, life would seem very quiet."

The 'Slow' hitmaker - who first shot to same playing Charlene Ramsay in Australian soap 'Neighbours' - also revealed how she tries to keep her stage persona separate from her everyday life.

She explained: "I just take off my gladrags. Without them, I'm a surprised some people still look at me on the street." - Bang Showbiz