John Travolta finally gives a health update on his 'Grease' co-star, Olivia Newton-John

Odette Odendaal
Feb 04, 2019
10:49 A.M.
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After recent rumors surrounding Olivia Newton-John’s health, John Travolta had some good news to share with the public.


On January 26, John spoke with Entertainment Tonight at the 2019 G'Day USA Los Angeles Gala to Honor Australians and gave an update on Olivia’s health, saying:

"From what I hear talking to her she's fine. I think she even made a public announcement in her own video, [saying] that she was fine."


Tabloid rumors surfaced earlier in January that Olivia’s health was in a sharp decline, but she quickly took to social media to debunk the false claims in a clip shared on Twitter in reply:

“Happy New Year, everyone! I just want to say the rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated, to quote a very famous quote, and I’m doing great, and I want to wish all of you the happiest, healthiest 2019 that’s possible. Thank you all for the wonderful love and support for me and for my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia."

70-year-old Olivia’s niece, Tottie Goldsmith, shared an update on Instagram to curb rumors as she wrote:


"Just giving you the heads up that Livvy is in good health, so let’s leave that distressing rumor where it belongs."


The ‘Grease’ star’s manager, Michael Caprio hit back on rumors first published by RadarOnline which stated that according to an insider "Olivia's bodily functions appear to be shutting down, but she refuses to let go until she makes it through [her daughter] Chloe's wedding day." In a short reply, Michael Caprio said:

"You might want to get better sources versus reading tabloids."

Olivia received her first breast cancer diagnosis in 1992 and had a partial mastectomy and chemotherapy treatments shortly after. After that, she remained cancer-free until May 2017 when her breast cancer returned and spread into her shoulder.


Just over a year later in September 2018, Olivia told ‘Sunday Night,’ an Australian news program, that doctors discovered a tumor at the base of her spine, and said:

"I'm one of millions in this fight, in this journey. A lot of people see it as a fight, and wherever you choose to see it, that’s your prerogative. ... I see it as part of my mission, maybe. There are other people out there doing much, much worse than me. And I'm very a privileged person, and I'm very aware of that. I have nothing to really complain about."

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta on September 22, 2002, at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images.

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta on September 22, 2002, at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images.


But the star also admitted that she is not always as strong as the brave face she puts up and added:

"I'd be lying if I said I never [get scared]. There are moments; I'm human. If I allowed myself to go there, I could easily create that 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."

The actress is the proud winner of four Grammy Awards and probably best known for her role as Sandy in ‘Grease.’ John Travolta and Olivia reunited in 2012 for a Christmas album.

The pair came together 41 years ago in 1978 as co-stars in "Grease," making history when the movie earned almost $400 million worldwide. They forged a lifelong friendship and have stood together through thick and thin since.

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