Woman’s Day (Australia)
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN ‘I’M GOING TO BE A GRANDMA!'
With her daughter starting IVF treatment and the prospect of a grandchild on the way, the Grease star couldn’t be happier
There wasn’t a dry eye in Olivia Newton-john’s house when her daughter Chloe Lattanzi broke the news to her mum she’s trying for a baby with her fiance James Driskill, and they’ve even started IVF treatments. “Olivia has been nagging her daughter for years to give her a grandchild or two,”
tells a close friend of the family. “But Chloe has always said she was too young and having too much fun to be tied down by kids, and she didn’t want a pregnancy to mess up her body.”
However, friends say Olivia’s devastating cancer news in May – when the much-loved singer revealed she was battling breast cancer again after 25 years – was a wake-up call for Chloe, 31, who has completely changed her attitude about starting a family.
“It dawned on her she might lose the person she relies on most, and who means more to her than anyone in the world. She wants to make her mum happy and give her the chance to enjoy having grandchildren,” tells the source, adding Olivia is “thrilled” at the prospect of Chloe and martial arts expert James, 33, making her a grandma, and can’t wait to meet her new grandchild.
Now Chloe has finally made the decision she’s ready to have a baby, friends say the impulsive daughter of Olivia, 69, and Matt Lattanzi is getting frustrated at how long the process is taking.
“Chloe is naturally worried her previous struggles with anorexia and addiction might be hurting her chances,” says a friend, despite the fact doctors have advised there’s no reason why she couldn’t conceive.
“They’ve told her to be patient, but Chloe, being Chloe, can’t wait to be a mum,” says the friend. “She’s so determined to have a baby, she’s been to see fertility doctors in Oregon and LA and started IVF treatments in the hope of speeding up the process. And, who knows, if it all goes well there’s a chance she’ll have twins.”
The hopeful mum-to-be has even been telling friends and family she can’t wait to be pregnant and have a big baby bump, despite her past struggles with body image.
“Chloe says she’s going to pose nude and show her pregnancy belly off in its full glory on social media,” laughs a close family friend. “She’s also talking about getting married to James after all these years. But when they do tie the knot, she wants it to happen just before the baby is born,” reveals the family friend. “Then, she can march down the aisle in a big white wedding gown and proudly show off her belly.”
And while Chloe and Olivia haven’t always had the easiest relationship – and often squabble like cat and dog – both hope a baby will bring them closer than ever. Chloe can’t wait to get her mum’s advice on parenting and go baby clothes shopping together.
On top of the baby news, Olivia revealed in August her cancer treatment is going well. She’s “feeling good and enjoying total support”.
And with the prospect of a tiny bundle of joy on the way, it looks like the future is full of exciting adventures for the iconic singer and her beloved family.
‘Chloe’s going to show her pregnancy belly off in its full glory’