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Delta Goodrem is back with a passion

DELTA Goodrem is preparing for her pop comeback feeling happier - and sexier - than ever.

Goodrem filmed the video for her new single, In This Life, in LA on Friday.

"I've been away for so long I'm really excited by it all," Goodrem said yesterday.

"I'm more than ready to start this whole world again. It took me a second to get back into gear because I haven't made a video for so long, but it felt better than ever."

Insiders say the video is the sexiest Goodrem has made to date, with the singer sporting a Brigitte Bardot look in several scenes.

"I guess that's what happens when you grow up and develop your own sense of style," Goodrem said.

The single is the first taste of Goodrem's third album, due out later this year - her first new album since 2004.

In This Life will be premiered on Australian radio on August 28, and will be in record stores 17 days later.

The singer, 22, said her time away from the pop charts - and Australia - was vital.

"It's the best thing I could have possibly done," Goodrem said.

"Not just because I was worried that people were sick of me, but there's a ball that starts rolling that just runs out of control.

"It became too much. I needed to find a really happy place again. I got tired. I got stale with things."

Goodrem released her second album, 2004's Mistaken Identity a year after her million-selling debut Innocent Eyes and while still recovering from her battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Towards the end of promoting the second album she started to operate on autopilot.

"I was going through the motions a little bit," she said.

"I felt I came back rather quickly from being ill and didn't give myself the time to reflect.

"I wasn't letting me be me in interviews. I wasn't relaxing.

"The second album was emotionally exhausting and my life felt like it had become very serious at a very young age. Now I'm having fun. I'm the same girl but I've learnt a lot. I've grown. I'm a little older."

During her time off the pop radar Goodrem grew closer to boyfriend Brian McFadden.

Their relationship started in controversy - McFadden having just split with the mother of his two children - but they remained a couple for almost three years, even buying a house together in London.

The pair have written the bulk of Goodrem's third album together.

McFadden also helped Goodrem through some tough times, including the end of her parents' marriage and her mother Lea standing down as her manager.

"I became an adult. I knew who I was as a girl but I had to find who I was as a woman. I'm very settled in my life.

"I have a great team around me, a great personal life.

"It's a really happy album. For a while I was writing songs for this album I didn't want to talk about things, so I didn't want to write about them either.

"I had to get over a couple of things. My parents divorced, there was a lot going on. But now I truly am inspired again. I feel regenerated. I feel I've got my energy back."

In This Life has a more guitar-driven vibe and updates Goodrem's sound with the help of hit US producer John Shanks (Take That, Bon Jovi, Ashlee Simpson).

"I'm not worried any more about changing people's view of me," Goodrem said.

"I've always been who I am. But hopefully with a new sound, it's very fresh, people will be able to accept I've grown and I've moved on.

"It's been a wonderful journey but it's completely new now. I'm a little bit older, I'm free and happy, doing music I really love again.

"I'm waking up like it's Christmas to go to a video shoot. Last time around there'd been so much craziness I had kind of lost that. The last record was really dark.

"On this album there's songs like God Laughs and Believe Again - I was in a really happy place writing them and I think people will feel that."

Goodrem returns to Australia today to start promoting her album and is planning a tour for 2008.

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