Olivia Newton-John is doing quite alright – just ask her.
The famous actress finally addressed the rumours surrounding her health in a video published to Facebook on Wednesday.
“Happy New Year, everyone. This is Olivia Newton-John. The rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated, to quote a very famous quote,” she laughed, referring to Mark Twain. “I’m doing great. I want to wish all of you the happiest, healthiest 2019 possible. Thank you all for your wonderful love and support for me and my Olivia Newton-John Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia.”
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Newton-John’s manager, Michael Caprio, also blasted reports that the “Grease” icon is “clinging on to life” in her latest battle with cancer. These responses come after Radar Online posted an article claiming that the 70-year-old actress was weeks away from dying and that she was holding on to see her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, get married in the new year.
“Olivia’s bodily functions appear to be shutting down, but she refuses to let go until she makes it through Chloe’s wedding day,” an alleged insider told Radar.
However, Caprio has denied the claims, calling them “hilarious.” Speaking to News.com.au about the rumours, he said, “You might want to get better sources versus reading tabloids.”
The Australian singer’s social media manager, Randy Slovacek, also dismissed the claims. “We have stated over and over again publicly she’s feeling better,” Slovacek told Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper. “People just seem to want to believe some dramatic turn.”
Newton-John was first diagnosed with cancer in 1992 and for a second time in 2013. She received treatment and fought off the disease, though found it had returned in 2017 after doctors found a tumour at the base of her spine.
In September, the actress told Australian TV’s “Sunday Night” that she was using modern medicine and natural remedies, including cannabis oil, to treat the cancer. She revealed that the treatment was going “really well” but that she does have bouts of despair.
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“There are moments. I’m human. So if I allow myself to go there, I could easily create that, you know, big fear. But my husband’s always there, and he’s there to support me. I believe I will win over it. That’s my goal.”
Following the initial reports, John’s niece Tottie Goldsmith confirmed the singer is “in really good health.” According to Channel Seven news, Goldsmith said, “You can rest assured she is going nowhere.”
She added that it is just “a sick rumour” circulating in reports about her ailing health.