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Olivia Newton-John Sets Record Straight After Reports Say She Has Just Weeks To Live

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One of the worst parts about having an illness is all the chitter-chatter surrounding it, the whispering and gossip. I mean, having a sickness or disease is no walk in the park on its own.

Yet you know what’s just as hard as dealing with feeling poorly? Having to manage the things other people say about you.

Indeed, sometimes they have nothing but your best as their goal. Still, it’s incredibly tough to correct myths about yourself and your condition when you’re, you know, trying to stay alive.

That’s exactly the situation famed “Grease” actress and singer Olivia Newton-John has found herself facing. According to People, Newton-John is no stranger to sickness.

In 1992, she received a cancer diagnosis. She went through treatment and survived, becoming an advocate for the ill in the process.

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However, in 2013, the cancer returned, and Newton-John sought medical attention again. She kept her battle private this time, and again triumphed over the disease.

But in 2017, she received horrific news: The back pain that had caused her to cancel her concert tour wasn’t sciatica.

The cancer had come back for a third time and spread to her back. This time Newton-John told the world — although she might have wished she held it back given the rumors that have dogged her.

In August 2018, she canceled a pair of Australian public appearances due to scheduling conflicts. The tabloids went wild, claiming that her health was declining.

The day after Christmas, Radar Online reported, “Ravaged by a spreading and incurable cancer, songbird Olivia Newton-John is clinging to life in the hopes she can see her only child, Chloe Lattanzi, marry 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!’ a source exclusively spilled.”

The report didn’t please Newton-John’s rep, who, according to People, called it “ridiculous.” Her niece, Tottie Goldsmith, also sounded off.

“You can rest assured she is going nowhere and in really good health,” she said. “A sick rumor.”

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She also posted about it on social media. “Just giving you the heads up that Livvy is in good health, so let’s leave that distressing rumor where it belongs,” she said.

Finally, the day after New Year’s, the singer herself chimed in on Twitter. Looking perky and perfectly healthy in a video, she exclaimed, “Happy New Year, everyone!”

“I just want to say that 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.”

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A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine.
A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine. Most days find him crafting copy for corporate and small-business clients, but he also occasionally indulges in creative writing. His short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines. Loren currently lives in south Florida with his wife and three children.
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