Olivia Newton-John Reveals Truth Behind Rumours About Her Health
Earlier in the year reports circulated that Olivia Newton-John was "close to death" following her ongoing battle with cancer.
After Newton-John revealed she was fighting her third battle with cancer, reports began to surface that the iconic star of Grease was "close to death".
Headlines insinuating that the 70-year-old only had "weeks to live", Newton-John's relatives were forced to come forward and deny the claims. Her niece Tottie Goldsmith posted on Instagram that Newton-John was "in good health" adding, "let's leave that distressing rumour where it belongs."
Newton-John also posted onto her Facebook jokingly quoting Mark Twain saying, "the rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated".
Now in a new interview with People, Newton-John explained she wanted to nip the rumours in the bud.
"Those things are so stupid. Why not just go, ‘Here I am, and I’m fine!'"
Still, the rumours reportedly hurt Newton-John who told People when the headlines began circulating, friends reached out believing she was in a dire state.
"My friends were calling and believing this stuff. I had to say, ‘You really think if it was that bad you wouldn’t know?'"
That wasn't all Newton-John revealed, she also told the publication she has spent the last six months recovering from a fractured pelvis which, she explained, has been a side effect of her bones weakening due to the stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to the base of her spine.
She reportedly discovered the fracture during a charity walk for her Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne. Feeling severe pain during the walk, she stopped in and saw a doctor. She spent her 70th birthday in the hospital.
"There were all these things I was going to do for my birthday but God had other plans," she said.
Despite the difficult months, Newton-John looked on the bright side saying, "I never say ‘Why me?’ I was like, ‘Wow, I’m in my hospital that I’d dreamt of building for people to have rest and peace and there I was getting the best care.'
"It was quite magical."
Newton-John has returned home to the California estate she shares with husband John Easterling, where she continues to treat her pain with medicinal cannabis and herbs Easterling cultivates himself alongside treatments prescribed by her oncologist.
"Of course I have my moments and my tears and all that," Newton-John said, "but I have a wonderful husband who supports me through those things."
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