Olivia Newton-John’s manager describes reports the Grease star ‘only has weeks to live’ as ‘laughable’ after claims she was ‘clinging to life’ as she battles cancer for a third time
Singer Olivia Newton-John is not dying, her manager has announced.
The 70-year-old Grease star was said to have ‘only weeks to live’, according to reports from both Australia and the U.S.
An unnamed ‘insider’ told Radar Online last week: ‘Olivia’s bodily functions appear to be shutting down, but she refuses to let go until she makes it through [her daughter] Chloe’s wedding day.’
The report was followed up by Australian entertainment website Now to Love, which claimed she had a ‘prognosis [of] weeks not months’.
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Health fears: Olivia Newton-John’s manager has described reports the Grease star ‘only has weeks to live’ as ‘laughable’ after claims she was ‘clinging to life’. Pictured on September 18
However, after reports of Newton-John was losing her battle with cancer began circulating, her U.S.-based manager clarified that she wasn’t dying.
Michael Caprio said that articles about his client’s death were ‘hilarious’, adding: ‘You might want to get better sources versus reading tabloids’.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Olivia Newton-John’s management for further comment.
In May 2017, Olivia was diagnosed with breast cancer for a third time, more than 20 years after her first diagnosis.
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She also secretly battled breast cancer for a second time back in 2013.
Explaining why she chose not to go public with her second diagnosis, Olivia said last year: ‘I thought, “It’s my life”, and I just decided to keep it to myself.’
Reports: The 70-year-old Grease star was said to ‘only [have] weeks to live’, according to reports from both Australia and America – however these claims were later denied by her manager. Pictured on January 27, 2018 in Los Angeles
During an interview with Sunday Night in September 2018, the veteran entertainer admitted she had ‘moments’ when her cancer diagnosis scared her.
‘I’d be lying if I said I never [get scared]. There are moments, I’m human,’ she said.
‘If I allowed myself to go there, I could easily create that big fear. But my husband’s always there, and he’s there to support me. I believe I will win over it. That’s my goal.’
Support: Olivia is pictured with her husband John Easterling at the Rome Film Festival in 2011
The Xanadu singer looked visibly strained while discussing her third diagnosis and the effect it had on her family during an interview with 60 Minutes in 2017.
‘Of course it’s scary, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t scary but I intend to be healthy,’ she said at the time.
When asked how her 32-year-old daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, was handling the news, Olivia replied: ‘Well that was… yeah, that wasn’t easy.’
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
In May 2017, Olivia announced her devastating cancer diagnosis 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.
In a statement at the time, Olivia claimed she would be ‘completing a short course of photon radiation therapy’ in addition to using ‘natural wellness therapies’.
A spokesperson added that she ‘would be back later in the year, better than ever, to celebrate her shows.’
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.
Olivia has previously spoken of the importance of medical marijuana in her cancer treatment and has campaigned for Australia to relax its drug laws.
‘It’s an important part of treatment, and it should be available,’ she said.
Breakout rose: Olivia, who was born in England and raised in Sydney, starred as Sandy Olsson in the 1978 film Grease alongside John Travolta
Olivia’s daughter Chloe grows marijuana legally on a farm in Oregon, USA.
Her husband-of-10-years, businessman and environmentalist John Easterling, has also been growing the plant to support his wife’s recovery.
‘My husband’s a plant medicine man so he grew cannabis for me and made tinctures for me to take for pain and inflammation and so many other things that cannabis can do,’ Olivia has previously said.
‘It’s been a maligned plant all these years [but] it really is a magical miracle plant,’ she added.
‘It helped me a lot with pain, because, you know, I don’t like taking prescription drugs, so it’s kind of a no-brainer.’
Charity work: Olivia is committed to philanthropic endeavours through the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre. Pictured in Melbourne in September 2018
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