Olivia Newton-John is the word and now fans of the Grease star can watch her rise to stardom and her battles with cancer in a new Lifetime biopic.
Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You, which stars Australian actress Delta Goodrem, follows Olivia's journey as a contestant on the Aussie talent show Sing, Sing, Sing to her breakout role as Sandy in Grease, to her success as a chart-topping singer.
And while the movie depicts the Grammy-award winner's professional successes, it also showcases her private life, including her first husband, her relationship with her daughter, and her bouts with breast cancer.
So, who is Olivia's first husband?
Actor Richard Brancatisano will play Olivia’s first husband Matt Lattanzi in the Lifetime biopic. The two actors met on the set of Xanadu in 1979 — she was the lead star and he was a chorus boy — and they tied the knot five years later.
"We were friends before anything," Matt said in a 1985 interview. "We worked together for three months and became really good friends before we even went out." Olivia went on to reveal that Matt was the one who encouraged her to record her hit single, "Physical."
"We talk about everything," Olivia added, "but basically in the end it's up to each of us to make our own decisions." The couple welcomed a daughter, Chloe Rose, in 1986 but unfortunately were divorced by 1995.
Is Olivia Newton-John married now?
After her divorce from Matt in the mid-90s, Olivia didn't remarry until over a decade later when she tied the knot with businessman John Easterling in 2008.
"I dated a little bit, but I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with him and then bam!” she said in a 2016 People interview. "He’s incredibly smart and compassionate. He says yes to everything, he says yes to life."
She also expressed the notion that when it comes to love, age does not matter. "I’m very lucky I have a wonderful, beautiful husband who is just so loving and fantastic. I always tell my friends you’re never too old to find love. I found the love of my life at 59 going on 60! I’m grateful,” she added.
Olivia is also close with her daughter, Chloe.
Chloe has struggled with addiction and eating disorders, and credits her mom for helping her get better.
"Fame totally messes you up,” she said. “I don’t blame my mother for my problems, but I would never want to be famous or raise a child of my own around the cult of celebrity. It ruins lives. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it is that you can’t be fragile in this business, or else you end up like Lindsay Lohan," she told The Daily Mail. "I feel empathy for other girls like Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie — who have had to publicly battle their addictions with drugs and alcohol in the spotlight,” she told the Daily Mail. “But, thankfully, like them, I’m finally addressing my issues and getting help."
Is Olivia Newton-John still sick?
Olivia continues to remain positive as she fights her third battle with breast cancer. Originally diagnosed with the disease in 1992, the iconic star revealed in 2017 that she was once again faced with a tough fight as her cancer returned and spread to her back.
Most recently, there was a rumor circulating that Olivia’s organs were "shutting down" and she was "clinging to life." However, the star’s niece, Tottie Goldsmith, told Channel Seven, "You can rest assured she is going nowhere and in really good health. A sick rumor."
Olivia continues to fight her Stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis with a more holistic approach. According to her daughter, the singer uses a mixtures of herbs and cannabis to treat her symptoms. "My mom and best friend is going to be fine! She will be using medicine that I often talk about. CBD oil and other natural healing remedies plus modern medicine to beat this," Chloe reportedly said. "Cancer is the disease of our generation and it is part of my and my mother’s quest to beat this insidious monster."
Despite the diagnosis, Olivia remains positive. "I'm not going to be one of those statistics. I'm going to be fine," she told Today in 2017. "I think that you can live with cancer like you can live with other things, if you take care of yourself. ... It taught me I'm stronger than I thought I was. I think most people that go through cancer find that out about themselves."
Watch Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You this Saturday, February 16, at 8 p.m. EST, on Lifetime.
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