Olivia Newton-John - 'We spend our lives in denial of death"

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14 Aug 2022, 10:52

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Inspiring interview with the late star surfaces.

If, like us, you're feeling emotional about the passing of Olivia Newton-John - who died on Monday at the age of 73 following a thirty year fight with cancer - you might find some solace in one of the Grease star's final interviews.

Appearing on a 2021 edition of the A Life of Greatness podcast, Dame Olivia was asked if she had ever contemplated her own death.

“I have quite a few times,” she replied, adding that she had to do so “sooner than [she] would have wanted.”

Cambridge born Olivia was first diagnosed with breast cancer back in 1992 when she was only 44 years old. She managed to beat the disease twice before revealing in 2018 that she had been diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer that had spread to her back.

“I mean - we all know we are going to die,” she told host Sarah Grynberg. “I think we spend our lives probably in denial of it.”

“What I feel about it is extremely personal, so I find it hard to put into words,” she continued. “I believe that we are all part of one thing. I’ve had experiences with - how can I put it? - spirits or spirit life or felt the spirit world or have heard things that I believe there is something that happens.

“It’s almost like we are parts of a big computer and we go back to the main battery. I don’t have a definite definition of what it is. Some people call it ‘heaven.’ Some call it ‘the universe.’ I just think there is a great knowingness out there that we become part of.”

The Xanadu star said that he had known people who have had near-death experiences, including her husband John Easterling, and they “say it’s the most unbelievable feeling of love that you’ve ever experienced and you don’t want to come back.”

“I’m kind of looking forward to that,” she said with a laugh. “Not now but when it happens.”

Big love to you Olivia Newton-John, wherever you are.