Actress Olivia Newton-John, 72, knows what it is like to live with stage 4 breast cancer.
The “Grease” star was first diagnosed with the disease in 1992. “Extra’s” Renee Bargh spoke with Olivia, who opened up about the recent death of co-star John Travolta’s wife Kelly Preston, her dear friend.
Of Preston, who lost her secret battle with breast cancer three months ago, Olivia said, “It's horrendous for the family and she's a beautiful, radiant, lovely soul.”
As for how John is doing, Newton-John said, “It's a really personal and private time for him, and I just support him and he knows that, but it's, you know, how good can anybody be in this time? So I'm just sending my love and prayers… He has a wonderful family and wonderful support system.”
“Losing so many friends as I have over the past few years, it's really just strengthened my resolve to do this and start this foundation,” she shared about her Olivia Newton-John Foundation, which is funding cutting-edge cancer research and focusing on restoring health through plant medicine. “Been through 28 years of being a cancer thriver, so I've had surgery and chemotherapy and radiation, and I wanted to create kinder therapies for people going through cancer.”
In the last three decades, Olivia has been diagnosed three times. When Renee asked if the symptoms were different each time, Olivia answered, “Well, you know, it's very difficult to compare from 28 years ago when it was just breast cancer… I could feel the lump. The second time I had to go by pain… but I'm doing well now. I feel great.”
Along with crediting kinder therapies and the use of cannabis for her renewed health, Olivia cites her vegan diet as a major help! The superstar singer said of her diet, “I'm really enjoying it. My daughter and my family are vegan.”