Delta and Olivia’s close bond


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They’ve been close friends for years, hav­ing both fought and sur­vived can­cer. But now, Olivia New­ton-john has opened up about how Delta Goodrem has helped the 68-year-old Grease star dur­ing her re­cent brave health bat­tle. Re­veal­ing how Olivia is com­mit­ted to be­ing a role model for all women go­ing through can­cer, sources say she’s par­tic­u­larly com­mit­ted to be­ing a source of in­spi­ra­tion to Delta, who she shares a ‘mother-daugh­ter’ con­nec­tion with. ‘Delta is play­ing Olivia in the up­com­ing Chan­nel Seven mini-se­ries and re­ally looks up to her,’ says a source. ‘Olivia knows that and has told friends she loves be­ing a role model to Delta. They’ve al­ways had a strong mother-daugh­ter­style re­la­tion­ship and are very close. ‘Olivia is de­ter­mined to beat can­cer for her­self and her fam­ily – but also for women like Delta, who look up to her so much. It’s re­ally help­ing her men­tal bat­tle.’

Re­u­nited at last week’s Olivia New­ton-john Can­cer Wellness & Re­search Cen­tre Gala at the Crown Casino in Mel­bourne, Olivia and Delta hugged tightly and were con­stant com­pan­ions through­out the evening.

Af­ter­wards, Delta – who bat­tled Hodgkin’s lym­phoma at age 18 – took to so­cial me­dia to toast her ‘in­spi­ra­tion’, re­veal­ing: ‘Beau­ti­ful to see my friend con­tinue to make such a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives... #myin­spi­ra­tion love you.’

Delta, 32, has made no se­cret of her deep af­fec­tion for Olivia. Af­ter the singing and act­ing icon re­vealed that her breast can­cer – which she first bat­tled in 1992 – had re­turned in May, Delta posted a heart­warm­ing mes­sage about their close bond.

‘Send­ing my deep­est love and sup­port to my hero, friend and men­tor Olivia as she starts treat­ment,’ Delta wrote. ‘If there is one per­son that em­bod­ies hope and heal­ing it’s Olivia. She is one of the world’s kind­est and most giv­ing hu­mans and I send you all my love & well wishes. Love you so much.’

Olivia, mean­while, has de­scribed Delta as ‘won­der­ful’ – a sen­ti­ment that brings joy to her young pro­tege.

‘Olivia’s been an in­cred­i­ble guid­ing light with me,’ Delta once re­vealed. ‘She’s al­ways given me re­ally great ad­vice... She’s beau­ti­ful and we have a beau­ti­ful friend­ship.’

Hav­ing had can­cer at just 18, Delta is now do­ing all she can to sup­port pal Olivia.

The pair have shared a close friend­ship since Delta’s early days (left), and they con­tinue to give each other strength.

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