Olivia Newton-John, the actress made famous by her role in “Grease,” has died at age 73 after a long battle with breast cancer. Although she was successful, she struggled with many challenges over the years. Her first marriage ended after her husband ran off with her daughter’s nanny.
Olivia Newton-John was married to dancer Matt Lattanzi, who was 11 years younger than her. However, the two separated after the actress demanded an explanation for his close relationship with then 23-year-old Cindy Jessup, who was her daughter Chloe’s nanny.
Without hesitation, Olivia Newton-John and Lattanzi, then 40, divorced in 1995, and two years later he married his younger girlfriend.
“She’s excited,” a friend revealed at the time of Olivia’s reaction when she learned of the wedding.
“It seems serious, because Cindy sometimes stayed with her daughter and was Olivia’s friend, but the two did not have a romantic relationship at the time,” the source said.
The “Grease” actress and Lattanzi, who is 11 years younger, met on the set of “Xanadu” in 1980, when she was 32 and he was 21.
Despite the age difference, the “chemistry” between them was right away, and after four years of relationship they married in 1984, having Chloe two years later. Their marriage was shaken in 1992, when the actress was diagnosed with breast cancer and put her career on hold to focus on her recovery.
The couple moved from Malibu, California, to a farm in Byron Bay, but the move destroyed their marriage.
“When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I thought that was it,” she said in a 2005 interview with the Daily Mail, continuing, “I moved to my farm near Byron Bay and seriously thought about retiring.”
A year later, however, the actress agreed to star in “Paradise Beach.” They then hired Jessup to take care of Chloe, and she soon became part of the family.
In 1994, after a charity event for cancer patients, Newton became suspicious of the two and later confronted her partner. That move led to a divorce. The Lattanzis and their daughter’s nanny, who was just 28, married in 1997.
At the same time, Olivia Newton-John continued to fight cancer and kept attributing the divorce to this diagnosis.
“I think our marriage would have ended anyway, but it went faster because of my diagnosis,” she said in an interview with the Daily Mail.
“We tried to stay friends because we have a child together and we made a pact that he was the most important thing in our lives. What happened between us stays between us, but we will not let it affect her. “, she continued to say.
The relationship between Lattanzi and her daughter’s nanny did not last long, as they divorced in 2007, after ten years of marriage. However, he remarried to a woman named Michelle, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2014, but has since been in remission.
Olivia Newton-John has died at the age of 73 years
Olivia Newton-John, the actress known for her roles in films such as “Grease” and “Xanadu”, has died at the age of 73 after a long battle with cancer.
The announcement of the passing of the famous actress and singer, known for the release of “Physical”, was made by her husband John Easterling.
“Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully this morning on her farm in Southern California, surrounded by family and friends. We ask everyone to respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time,” her husband John Easterling wrote on Facebook.
Although the cause of death has not yet been announced, Olivia Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer, which recurred in 2017.
“Olivia was a symbol of triumph and hope for over 30 years and shared her battle with breast cancer,” wrote her husband, whom she married in 2008 and with whom she lived until the end of her life. .