The beloved per­former will do any­thing to pro­tect her fam­ily

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The Olivia New­ton-john biopic couldn’t have come at a worse time for the star, who is wor­ried how she’ll be por­trayed while con­tin­u­ing to make her health a pri­or­ity dur­ing her breast can­cer bat­tle.

Sources close to Olivia, 69, say anx­i­ety over the Seven pro­duc­tion star­ring Delta Goodrem has been keep­ing her awake at night. She’s espe­cially fear­ful about the ef­fect the se­ries might have on her fam­ily, in par­tic­u­lar her frag­ile daugh­ter Chloe.

“Olivia’s seen the trailer and hated it. She’s a very proud wo­man and the last thing she wants is for her life to be raked over by some cheesy made-for-TV pro­duc­tion,” says a source. “She hasn’t slept prop­erly since she saw it, and her hubby [John Easter­ling] is wor­ried about how it’s af­fect­ing her.”

In­dus­try sources say Olivia, who re­vealed last year that her breast can­cer has come back and metas­ta­sised in her spine, has been fight­ing tooth and nail to have the pro­duc­tion stopped for years.

From cop­ing with bank­ruptcy when her cloth­ing line went un­der in 1991, fol­lowed by her shock breast can­cer di­ag­no­sis in 1992, to di­vorc­ing her hus­band Matt Lat­tanzi in 1995 and deal­ing with their daugh­ter Chloe’s ad­dic­tion is­sues for years, there’s plenty of juicy fod­der for a biopic.

“Olivia has had some re­ally rot­ten times in her life and she doesn’t want them aired again for en­ter­tain­ment pur­poses,” con­firms the in­sider. “She fears this is go­ing to bring back painful mem­o­ries she’s been try­ing to shut down.”


In­sid­ers say Olivia sent ag­gres­sive le­gal ad­vice to Seven to en­sure there would be no men­tion of 32-year-old Chloe’s strug­gles, in­clud­ing de­pres­sion, anorexia, and a $130-a-day co­caine ad­dic­tion, for fear it might up­set her daugh­ter, who has bat­tled with her demons for years.

“Chloe is fi­nally in a good place and her re­la­tion­ship with Olivia is bet­ter than it’s been since she was a lit­tle kid,” says an in­sider. “Olivia doesn’t want any­thing to im­pact that. Chloe is still frag­ile, and Olivia is pet­ri­fied some­thing like this could re­ally up­set her.” It’s be­lieved Seven agreed to leave Chloe’s trou­bles out of their pro­duc­tion. They also heeded Olivia’s warn­ings not to go into too much de­tail about her ex-boyfriend Pa­trick Mcder­mott, who van­ished, pre­sumed dead, from a fish­ing boat in 2005. He has since been ac­cused of fak­ing his own death and steal­ing away to Mex­ico. The mys­tery sur­round­ing his death has re­port­edly left Olivia heart­bro­ken for years, and friends say fo­cus­ing on it would be the ul­ti­mate be­trayal.


“Pro­duc­ers had to com­pro­mise with Olivia be­cause they want this to be a cel­e­bra­tion of her life, and they don’t want the neg­a­tive pub­lic­ity of a court bat­tle,” says a source.

“They’ve made ev­ery­one in­volved sign con­fi­den­tial­ity agree­ments in the hope it eases her wor­ries fur­ther, but Olivia’s still dread­ing it.

“She can’t be­lieve peo­ple would want to profit from the ups and downs of her life, and sees it as a to­tal be­trayal af­ter she’s rep­re­sented Aus­tralia so well for most of her life,” the source says.


Chloe – who lives in Ore­gon, US, and has be­come ex­tremely pro­tec­tive of her “mama bear” since the lat­est can­cer di­ag­no­sis – is on the warpath too, and has Delta Goodrem in her sights.

“Chloe ab­so­lutely hates that they cast Delta to por­tray her mum. In her eyes, no one lives up to Olivia, not even Delta,” says a source from her home­town. “Chloe tells any­one who’ll lis­ten Delta isn’t up to the task of fill­ing Olivia’s shoes.”

Adds a show in­sider, “Delta is dev­as­tated Olivia and her fam­ily are un­com­fort­able with her cast­ing. She thought this was the role of her ca­reer and it’s been her dream to play Olivia since she was a lit­tle girl. Delta feels sick that it’s turn­ing out this way.”

Olivia got men­tions of ex-boyfriend Pa­trick down­played in the biopic…

…and word is she’s not con­vinced about Delta’s role.

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