OLIVIA NEW­TON-JOHN

FAC­ING CAN­CER FOR THE THIRD TIME, THE 70-YEAR-OLD GREASE STAR SAYS SHE’S FEEL­ING GREAT

People (USA) - - CONTENTS - —JA­NINE RUBEN­STEIN

De­spite re­cent death ru­mors, the Grease star is feel­ing good and manag­ing stage 4 breast can­cer

On New Year’s Day Olivia New­ton-john and hus­band John Easter­ling were re­lax­ing at their South­ern Cal­i­for­nia ranch when they came across some par­tic­u­larly shock­ing news. A slew of tabloid reports had the beloved Grease star, 70, on her deathbed, while oth­ers claimed she’d already died. “It was so ab­surd,” says a source close to the star. Already plan­ning to post a New Year’s greet­ing to fans, New­ton-john took the chance to clear things up. “I just want to say the ru­mors of my death have been greatly ex­ag­ger­ated,” she said, quot­ing Mark Twain while flash­ing her bright smile in a video posted to so­cial me­dia. “I’m do­ing great, and I want to wish all of you the hap­pi­est, health­i­est 2019.”

Of course health is a pri­mary fo­cus for New­ton-john, who re­vealed in May of 2017 that she has stage 4 breast can­cer that metas­ta­sized to her back. This is her third bout with the dis­ease, which some doc­tors de­scribe as in­cur­able but ca­pa­ble of be­ing man­aged through treat­ment. The re­cent ru­mors “scared” fam­ily and fans, but the source claims, things are in­deed look­ing good. After fin­ish­ing a re­cent se­ries of med­i­cal treat­ments in Cal­i­for­nia, “she took a cou­ple of months off to get her­self back to strength,” says the source. “She’s go­ing to con­stantly be go­ing through treat­ments, but she’s do­ing well.” New­ton-john, a pro­po­nent of pair­ing tra­di­tional medicine with holis­tic well­ness meth­ods, cred­its the use of herbs and cannabis with feel­ing her best. “That’s a ma­jor part of her treat­ment and re­cov­ery,” says the source. Now gear­ing up for the U.S. re­lease and book tour for her mem­oir Don’t Stop Believin’ in March, “she’s vi­brant,” says the source. “[Reports] had her 6-feet un­der, but she’s putting all that to shame.”

Alive and (Feel­ing) Well New­ton-john and hus­band John Easter­ling stepped out to lunch on Jan. 3, after she posted a beam­ing de­nial of death ru­mors.

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