All the Lovers singer Kylie Minogue is said to be ''very much in love'' with partner Andrés Velencoso, according to a friend.

The 44-year-old star has been with the Spanish model for almost five years, and her actor and comic friend Mathew Horne even thinks that they will have a family together.

Speaking to HELLO! magazine, Horne said: ''He would totally emasculate me due to his height and exceptional good looks. I've heard he's lovely.

''They are very much in love. I think she wants to [have children]. Andrés is obviously the guy for her. I don't think it's a secret that she would like children.''

Horne and Minogue both star together in Hey Diddly Dee, which is part of Sky Arts' second series of Playhouse Presents original drama, and Horne revealed he encouraged the singer to sign up.

He said: ''The guys at Sky actually got me to approach her because we've known each other a long time and she listens to me. I think she trusts my judgement about what's worth doing.''