Twenty-five years after her initial diagnosis, Olivia Newton-John is facing cancer again. But she’s staying optimistic – and inspiring others. Subscribe now for the exclusive story – only in PEOPLE.
Olivia Newton-John danced and sang her way into hearts as sugary-sweet Sandy in Grease, and now as she faces cancer for the second time, the star is showing the same strength and determination that’s carried her through many trying moments in her life.
“I am really grateful for and touched by the worldwide outpouring of love and concern. Thank you. I am feeling good and enjoying total support from my family and friends, along with a team of wellness and medical practitioners both here in the US and at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia,” she tells PEOPLE exclusively in a statement. “I’m totally confident that my new journey will have a positive success story to inspire others! Love and light, Olivia.”
While Newton-John — who was recently diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer that’s spread to her sacrum — remains focused on her health, her loved ones opened up to PEOPLE in this week’s cover story about how the beloved singer and actress is coping and inspiring them with her uplifting spirit.
For all the details on how Newton-John is staying strong after her cancer diagnosis and continuing to inspire loved ones, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
“We both have the same unshakable belief that she’s going to have a wonderful success story,” her husband, John Easterling, 65, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “We’re not trying to be positive. We have an absolute knowingness that we can turn this around.”
The “Physical” singer, 68, is currently undergoing a short course of photon radiation therapy supplemented with other natural wellness therapies and taking life at a slower pace at home on their Southern California ranch. Her pain “has gone from [level] 8 to about a 2” already after just a week of treatment, adds Easterling.
Before going public with the news, the entertainer privately shared her diagnosis with close friends and family who are all rallying around her.
“She’s not naive and doesn’t get immobilized,” says her longtime friend and talkshow host Leeza Gibbons. “She finds light in the darkest corners and just always has.”
- Additional reporting by JANINE RUBENSTEIN and PATRICK GOMEZ