Following the death of singer, actress, and activist Olivia Newton-John on Monday (August 8), statements have surfaced from one of her final interviews. On a February 2021 episode of the podcast “A Life of Greatness,” Newton-John detailed a pact she made with God while pregnant with her only child. She also shared personal thoughts about spirituality and death.
Newton-John, 73, died at her California home after battling stage 4 cancer for several years. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992; it returned in 2013 and metastasized by 2017. In addition to her entertainment career, Newton-John was an advocate and philanthropist who wanted “positivity” to be her legacy.
Olivia Newton-John Asked God to Save Her Daughter
Last year, Olivia Newton-John told podcast host Sarah Grynberg she almost lost her daughter, Chloe, during pregnancy in 1985. “I went to bed and asked God to save her,” the singer said. “And if he did, I would say the Lord’s Prayer every night for the rest of my life. And so I have. I think prayer is very powerful.”
Chloe, whose father is Newton-John’s ex-husband Matt Lattanzi, is now 36 and has followed her mother’s footsteps into music. She is posting tributes to her mother online, captioning one photo, “I worship this woman.”
During the podcast, Newton-John also answered questions about mortality and life after death. “I have quite a few times [thought that death] was a possibility sooner than I wanted it,” she said. “We all know we are going to die. I think we spend our lives denying it. It’s extremely personal.”
Admitting the concept was “hard to put into words,” Newton-John continued, “I feel we are all part of one thing. I have had experiences with spirits or spirit life and felt the spirit world and have heard things that I believe there is something that happens.”
She also referenced energy, saying, “It’s almost like we are parts of the same computer, and we go back to the main battery. I don’t have a definite definition of what it is. I think there is a great knowingness out there we become part of it. I hope that the energies of the people you love will be there. I think all the love will be there. I’m sort of looking forward to that, not now, but when it happens.”
Olivia Newton-John: Always ‘Shining the Light’ on Others
In announcing his wife’s death, John Easterling wrote: “Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer.” Her family asks that donations go to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, which is “dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer.”