Famed actress, singer and songwriter Olivia Newton-John denied recent tabloid rumors that claimed she was “clinging to life.”
Newton-John posted a short video to social media to reassure her fans and friends that, no, she isn’t on her deathbed.
In the video, a broadly smiling Newton-John said with a laugh, “Happy New Year everyone. This is Olivia Newton-John, and I just want to say that the rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated, to quote a very famous quote.”
“I’m doing great and I want to wish all of you the happiest, healthiest 2019 that’s possible, and thank you all for your wonderful love and support for me and for my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness center in Melbourne, Australia. Thank you so much! Happy New Year!”
Happy New Year! Here’s to a wonderful 2019! Love & light, Olivia pic.twitter.com/1Nd2jIcRb1
— Olivia Newton-John (@olivianj) January 3, 2019
Newton-John’s neice also pushed back on the rumors, writing in an Instagram post, “Just giving you the heads up that Livvy is in good health, so let’s leave that distressing rumour where it belongs.”
Third bout with cancer
The BBC reported that the 70-year-old “Grease” star was diagnosed with cancer in September 2018, her third such diagnosis in the past three decades.
Doctors had found a tumor in her lower back, and suspect it may have resulted from Stage IV breast cancer that has since spread to her spine.
Newton-John is confident that she will “win over it” and survive cancer once again, and has been supplementing her radiation therapy with medicinal marijuana and other natural remedies.
Newton-John was first diagnosed with cancer in 1992, and became a prominent activist against the disease after she had survived that initial bout, founding the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia.
The cancer returned in 2013, but she once again recovered.
“Full of life”
Close friend and fellow “Grease” co-star Didi Conn told British ITV of Newton-John, “She’s laying a little low. But … she’s full of life.”
“She’s well. When she took some time off she said: ‘I’m going to be back in six months.’ It wasn’t even six months. It was four-and-a-half months,” added Conn.