The singer opens up about her health, marijuana and the great love around her
TACKLING CANCER FOR A SECOND TIME, a perennially upbeat Olivia Newton-john has thanked friends, family and fans for their immense love and support. “When you are going through something like this, love and prayers really help. I’m very grateful of everything,” she told Melbourne’s Herald Sun. Making special mention of husband John Easterling, Newton-john thanked him for growing marijuana to help her deal with pain. “My husband’s a plant-medicine man so he grew cannabis for me and made tinctures for me to take for pain and inflammation,” the Grease star said in an interview with Nine’s 60 Minutes. “You know, I don’t like taking prescription drugs, so it’s kind of a no-brainer.”
The singer, 68, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, said the latest diagnosis revealing the cancer had metastasised in her lower back was less of a surprise as she’d been suffering pain for some time. “I kind of felt something wasn’t right, this pain had been going on for a long time, “she said, adding, “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t scary.”
The star (with husband John Easterling on Sept. 8) said she has slowed down and spends more time with “my husband, and watching the flowers grow.”
At her Sept. 8 charity event, “There was such an outpouring of love,” said Newton-john (with Delta Goodrem).
It was tough telling daughter Chloe Lattanzi: “Well, that wasn’t easy, but I did deliver it in a positive way.”