‘We all know we’re going to die one day’: Olivia Newton-John, 70, reveals battling cancer has changed her perception of death… and admits she has ‘no plans’ to work again
Olivia Newton-John, 70, was forced to address vicious rumours about her health back in January.
And while the Australian icon insists she is ‘doing well’ with her health, she admits battling with cancer has changed her perception of death.
Speaking to The Herald Sun this weekend, the Grease star said she’s learned to live in the moment and appreciate every day as a gift.’
‘We all know we’re going to die one day’: Olivia Newton-John, 70, has revealed battling cancer has changed her perception of death. Pictured in 2017
‘When you have a cancer diagnosis it changes things. We all know we’re going to die one day. We don’t like to think about it, but one day we all will,’ she told the paper.
‘When you have a cancer diagnosis it just makes it more obvious that it could happen and it makes you much more aware of the present and that every day is a gift and that’s how I live,’ she said.
Olivia, who hasn’t worked since September last year due to a fractured sacrum, also confirmed that she has no plans to return to the stage.
Fake news: Earlier this year, Olivia shut down bizarre claims that she was on her deathbed. ‘I just want to say that the rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated!’ she said in a Facebook video
Instead, she is dedicating her time away from the spotlight to healing, meditation and raising funds for her Cancer and Wellness Centre.
Earlier this year, Olivia was forced to shut down bizarre claims that she was on her deathbed.
‘I just want to say that the rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated!’ she said in a Facebook video.
Support: Olivia is pictured with her husband John Easterling at the Rome Film Festival in 2011
‘I am doing great! I want to wish you all the happiest and healthiest 2019 that is possible. Thank you all for your incredible love and support.’
In May 2017, Olivia was diagnosed with breast cancer for a third time, more than 20 years after her first diagnosis.
She also secretly battled breast cancer for a second time back in 2013.
Close bond: Olivia is pictured with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi, whose father is U.S. actor Matthew Lattanzi, on April 1, 2016 in Los Angeles
Olivia announced her devastating cancer diagnosis in 2017 after she was forced to postpone her tour dates in Canada and the U.S.
After believing her back pain was due to sciatica, doctors later confirmed that her breast cancer had metastasized to her sacrum as a tumour was found at the base of her spine.
Olivia was first treated for breast cancer in 1992, at the age of 43. She underwent a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and breast reconstruction.
In 2013, the same year she secretly battled cancer for a second time, she tragically lost her sister Rona Newton-John to brain cancer.
Icon: Olivia is best known for her lead role as Sandy in the classic film, Grease