Singer Tina Arena Source: Supplied
Cameron Adams, The Daily Telegraph, reports
Tina Arena has opened up about her divorce from former manager Ralph Carr.
In her new autobiography Now I Can Dance Arena says she felt "disconnected" from Carr on their wedding day in 1995.
Arena revealed Carr was angry when she refused to sell photographs of their wedding to a magazine.
She also wrote her parents and sisters were worried about her marrying her manager and mixing business with pleasure and told her to be a "runaway bride" on her wedding day.
"They had their reservations about the wedding," Arena told News Corp.
"And they were right. Going through those experiences are what make or break a human. There was a lot learnt from that experience. That's important to not forget. But sometimes you should listen to what the people around you are telling you."
Arena said she did not clear the tales of her marriage in her book with Carr, whose management stable now includes magician Cosentino, singer Kate Ceberano and footballers Travis Cloke and Dustin Martin.
"We don't speak," Arena says of her former husband.
"It's my book, it's not about him. My life started before him and has continued really successfully without him.
"There's stories that were not able to make the cut, that's the way it goes. It's my story but I'm dealing with elements beyond my control. There's a sense of alluding to things, letting the reader read between the lines."
While she confirms long held rumours their messy divorce in 1999 was a "sh--fight" she diplomatically shies away from going into further detail.
"I think I paint enough of a picture. It's not important. Seriously. I've never had an interesting conversation about the subject of a divorce. The only interesting thing is what you discover, the lengths people will go to prove their point. That's intriguing, nothing else is."
Arena is also quick to give Carr credit for his part in her career comeback that started with international hit Chains in 1994.
"I think I've been unbelievably elegant (about Carr). There were some wonderful things in that collaboration early on. Sometimes people can't mix things. When the lines get blurred they get blurred. But really my divorce is the least interesting aspect of my life these past few years. There's so much more tangible stuff than that. But always give credit where it's due. I believe that sincerely. I moved on pretty fast. I didn't have a choice. Off I went. And the fun started. The discovery started and it was bloody awesome."
Arena's new album Reset is released tomorrow.