After reluctantly postponing her June tour dates, beloved Grease star and iconic entertainer Olivia Newton-John revealed the tragic reason: Her breast cancer has returned, and unfortunately, metastasized.
The discovery was made when the 68-year-old performer sought medical advice over back pain that has been sidelining her lately. Doctors then delivered the official diagnosis that Newton-John’s breast cancer had returned and spread to her sacrum.
Newton-John battled and beat breast cancer for the first time in 1992, undergoing a mastectomy to defeat the disease.
In a 2005 interview with ET, the singer described the exhaustive emotional roller coaster caused by the diagnosis, saying, “Breast cancer is a very scary thing to go through and particularly in the first initial stages when you are diagnosed, because you don’t know what that means. You don’t know if it’s spread anywhere else in your body. You don’t know if you’re gonna die. You don’t know anything. And I guess the first few days after you go through shock and disbelief and common things that you go through, denial, there’s a lot of fear.”
However, Newton-John resolved at the time to fight the breast cancer and come out on the other side — and she did. In fact, the experience led her to open a cancer and wellness center in Australia and advocate passionately for health awareness.
With the tragic return of her breast cancer, Newton-John plans to tackle treatment with her trademark determination.
“I decided on my direction of therapies after consultation with my doctors and natural therapists and the medical team at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia,” Newton-John said in a statement.
She says she feels confident she’ll pick right back up where she left off with her shows later in the year. Love and light, Olivia! We’re all looking forward to seeing your triumphant return.