Olivia Newton-John Addresses Cancer Rumor

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Olivia Newton John at the Wellness Walk and Research Run, Melbourne, September 16, 2018

The internet began “blowing up” in late December that Olivia Newton-John had “weeks to live.” (Similarly, on September 10, there were reports that Newton-John had been diagnosed with cancer for the third time. And while the beloved singer is, indeed, battling stage 4 cancer in her back, it’s not news. As Best Classic Bands previously reported, Newton-John had postponed a tour last year due to the cancer diagnosis.)

On January 2, 2019, she struck back at the end-of-year tabloid stories to proclaim in a video greeting that “the rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” The singer, actress and author, looking great, wished all of her fans “the happiest, healthiest 2019 possible,” thanking them for their love and support.

In a September 9, 2018, profile on the Australian TV program, Sunday Night, the beloved singer sounded confident that she will beat it once again. “I believe I will win over it,” she said. The only revelation is that Newton-John acknowledged for the first time that cancer was discovered in her shoulder in 2013.

On September 16, Newton-John cut the ceremonial ribbon at the Wellness Walk and Research Run in Melbourne, Australia.

As for the cancer in her spine, she is treating it naturally, using medical marijuana and wellness therapies.

She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. The singer, who turned 70 on September 26, has a new memoir in Australia, Don’t Stop Believin’. It arrives in the U.S. on March 12. Pre-order it here.

Newton-John had announced on May 30, 2017 that the back pain that caused her to postpone the first half of her 2017 concert tour, had turned out to be a reoccurrence of breast cancer. The singer, actress, author and humanitarian is best known for her five #1 pop hits as well as her starring role in the movie musical Grease opposite John Travolta.

Newton-John, though born in England is a longtime Australian resident. She broke through with her 1974 #1 smash, “I Honestly Love You,” which earned the Grammy Award for Record of the Year, and followed it with four other chart-toppers: 1975’s “Have You Never Been Mellow,” her 1978 duet from Grease with John Travolta “You’re the One That I Want,” 1980’s “Magic” and 1981’s “Physical.”

Watch her perform “Xanadu,” her 1980 worldwide hit with the Electric Light Orchestra

Newton-John has been an advocate for breast cancer research as well as humanitarian causes. She has earned four Grammy Awards and sold more than 100 million records worldwide. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1981.

Watch the September 9 feature and interview with ONJ

Related: Our 2017 review of “An Evening With Olivia Newton-John”

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