Olivia Newton-John breaks silence on 'death' report: 'I'm doing great'

Alicia Vrajlal
Entertainment Editor

Olivia Newton-John has broken her silence after a report claimed the singer was ‘clinging on to life’ as she battles cancer.

The 70-year-old recorded a video of herself, shared on her official Facebook page on Thursday, in which she assured fans she was “doing great”.

“Happy New Year everyone. This is Olivia Newton-John and I just want to say that the rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated to quote a very famous quote,” she said in the piece-to-camera.

Olivia Newton-John has broken her silence after a report claimed the singer was ‘clinging on to life’ as she battles cancer. Photo: Facebook/Olivia Newton-John

“And I’m doing great and I want to wish all of you the happiest, healthiest 2019 that’s possible.

“Thank you all for your wonderful love and support, for me and my Olivia Newton-John cancer wellness centre in Melbourne, Australia. Thankyou so much, Happy New Year.”

A report earlier this week claimed Olivia’s health has rapidly deteriorated, but she is “clinging on to life” so she can see her daughter Chloe Lattanzi get married in early 2019.

“Olivia’s bodily functions appear to be shutting down, but she refuses to let go until she makes it through Chloe’s wedding day,” a source allegedly told Radar Online. 

It was back in September when Olivia Newton-John revealed she’d been diagnosed with cancer for a third time. Photo: Getty

The star’s manager, Michael Caprio, also rubbished the rumours, calling them ‘hilarious’.  

“No she has not,” Michael told news.com.au.

“You might want to get better sources versus reading tabloids.”

Yahoo Lifestyle has contacted Olivia’s representatives for comment.

Back in September 2018, the star told Sunday Night she had decided to treat this cancer with ‘modern’ medicines and natural remedies, as well as cutting out sugar completely and taking cannabis oil for the pain.

She said the treatment was going ‘really well’ and she’s optimistic for the future.

A report claimed she’s “clinging on to life” so she can see her daughter Chloe Lattanzi get married in early 2019. Photo: Instagram/therealonj

Speaking about cannabis oil, Olivia said she’s ‘lucky’ she lives in California, a state where it’s legal to grow a certain amount of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

“In California it’s legal to grow a certain amount of plants for your own medicinal purposes. So he [her husband] makes me tinctures. It’s hard to say, they help with pain,” Olivia said.

“My dream is that, in Australia soon, it will be available to all the cancer patients and people going through cancer that causes pain.”

While the star put on a brave face during the interview, she revealed she does have her moments of despair, but just wouldn’t be having them in front of the camera.

“There are moments. I’m human. So if I allow myself to go there, I could easily create that, you know, big fear,” she said.

Olivia gained worldwide fame after her part as Sandy in Grease, alongside John Travolta. Photo: Getty Images

Olivia’s third cancer diagnosis came after she was first treated for the disease back in 1992, after finding a lump on her right breast.

The actress has previously spoken about the ‘shock’ of the diagnosis, which came on the same weekend that her beloved father passed away from cancer.

She underwent a partial mastectomy and six months of treatment, including herbal formulas, meditation and focus on her diet and fitness, before getting the all clear.

However, there was more heartache for the star when she was diagnosed with cancer in her shoulder in 2013, after she was involved in a minor car accident.

It came just months her sister, Rona, passed away from brain cancer.

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