While many of us might fantasize about being famous, there’s one thing that many famous people seem to lack — and that’s privacy. Olivia Newton-John chatted with Entertainment Tonight about the sad fate of Kelly Preston, the wife of her past costar and friend, John Travolta. Kelly had been quietly battling cancer but kept that news away from her fans. When she died, everyone was surprised.
Olivia says she still keeps in contact with John; she, herself, knows the pain that cancer may bring. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 43, after spotting a lump during a self-examination. She’s a good reminder for women everywhere to check their bodies for signs. Based on her early detection, Olivia managed to beat it. But after two years of being cancer-free from her second bout with cancer, Olivia suffered a recurrence.
The health news is scary, but Olivia has been trying to stay positive. One thing she wasn’t so happy about was having to share the news with the world. After a tabloid found out, it threatened to out her news. And even worse, it was going to publish that she was dying of cancer. In hopes of taking control of the story, Olivia had to be the one to announce it to both fans and family members. It’s a big reminder that someone’s privacy and health are worth more than breaking such a grim story.
If anything, her own diagnosis has helped her become a better friend to John. She understands the pain he’s going through and knows it’s an “incredibly difficult thing” to heal from.
Watch more of Olivia Newton-John’s interview and hear more about what she’s been doing these days.
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