Singer Olivia Newton-John, who recently postponed her June concerts after being diagnosed with breast cancer, says she is optimistic about her chances for remission.
“I am really grateful for and touched by the worldwide outpouring of love and concern,” she told People magazine in a statement Wednesday. “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 U.S. and at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia,” where the U.K.-born Newton-John, 68, was raised. “I’m totally confident that my new journey will have a positive success story to inspire others! Love and light, Olivia.”
Her husband of nearly nine years, American entrepreneur John Easterling, told the magazine, “We both have the same unshakable belief that she’s going to have a wonderful success story,” adding, “We’re not trying to be positive. We have an absolute knowingness that we can turn this around.”
“She’s not naive and doesn’t get immobilized,” Newton-John’s friend, TV personality and former “Entertainment Tonight” host Leeza Gibbons told People. “She finds light in the darkest corners and just always has.”
John Travolta, Newton-John’s co-star in the 1978 movie-musical “Grease,” added in a statement to the magazine, “Olivia has always been an incredible human being and an inspiration to millions of people. If we all put our intentions for her to get through this — I know her so well — she will feel it, and it will support her. We love her and she loves us.”
Easterling said that after a week of radiation and natural wellness therapies, Newton-John told him her pain “has gone from [a level of] 8 to about a 2.”
On May 30, the four-time Grammy Award-winner’s management announced, “The back pain that initially caused her to postpone the first half of her concert tour has turned out to be breast cancer that has metastasized to the sacrum,” the five fused vertebrae that connects the pelvis to the spinal column. Newton-John — whose 1970s hits included “I Honestly Love You,” “Have You Never Been Mellow” and a trio of songs from “Grease” — successfully underwent treatment for breast cancer in 1992.
Her older sister, Rona Newton-John, died in May 2013 at age 70, a month after being diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer.