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