Olivia Newton-John Battles Cancer for 3rd time, Vows to Stay Alive for Daughter’s Wedding

July 30, 2019 Updated: July 31, 2019

Olivia Newton-John has fought more battles than most. She is currently fighting cancer for the third time, but she has one extremely strong motivation behind her: she is desperate to witness her 33-year-old daughter, Chloe, tie the knot.

Olivia Newton-John speaks during the annual Wellness Walk and Research Run in Melbourne, Australia, in 2018 (©Getty Images | Scott Barbour)

Chloe Lattanzi is Olivia’s only daughter. She welcomed her baby girl in 1986 during her marriage to the American actor Matt Lattanzi.

The couple’s union didn’t last, but the pair continued to successfully co-parent their little girl through her tumultuous teens and into adulthood. Chloe grew up to make both her mother and father extremely proud.

Olivia Newton-John and Matt Lattanzi at Heathrow Airport in London, England, on Sept. 25, 1983 (©Getty Images | Parker/Daily Express/Hulton Archive)

However, the close mom-and-daughter duo has been facing a far more insidious battle in recent years. Olivia, 70, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. As a young mom, she threw herself into recovery by having surgery and nine months of intense chemotherapy. But the cancer came back.

The English-Australian singer and actress was diagnosed for a second time back in 2013, according to CBS News, when a new breast cancer spread to her shoulder. In May of 2017, Olivia noticed back pain and discovered once again that her breast cancer had returned, this time to the base of her spine.

Olivia Newton-John and her daughter, Chloe, at the 27th annual American Music Awards in LA, 2000 (©Getty Images | JIM RUYMEN/AFP)

Just over a year later, “the pain was excruciating,” Olivia opened up to Culture Magazine. “That’s when we found the tumor had metastasized to my sacrum,” she continued, “as Stage Four.”

From a distance, the odds are worryingly stacked against the iconic Grease star; cancer runs in her family. Olivia’s father, Brinley Newton-John, died of liver cancer back in 1992, her sister Rona passed away from brain cancer in 2013, and her brother Hugh passed away in 2019 after a “long decline,” a heartbroken Olivia shared herself on her Twitter page.

(L-R) John Easterling, Olivia Newton-John, Chloe Lattanzi, and musician Crosby Loggins at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010 (©Getty Images | Alberto E. Rodriguez)

But as of early 2019, Olivia has shunned the hospital bed in favor of her happy home in Santa Barbara, California. She lives there with her beloved husband of eleven years, John Easterling. Preparations for Chloe’s wedding have been amping up since the beginning of the year, and Olivia is determined to play an integral role for her daughter.

“Olivia has always been adamant that she would beat this cancer recurrence,” an insider shared with New Idea, “and becoming a grandmother is a huge motivation for her.”

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It seems that Chloe is just as eager to tie the knot and start her own family as her mom is to be a grandma. In November of 2017, the model and aspiring pop-star started calling herself “wife to James Driskill” in her Instagram bio. But as of the time of writing, she has yet to officially announce the date of their wedding.

“We’re both lazy!” Chloe joked, speaking to Fox411. However, the doting daughter knows how much it would mean to her mom to see her walk down the aisle.

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“Seeing me with James has brought her a lot of joy,” Chloe later explained in a heartfelt personalized message written for Now To Love. “She is thrilled I’ve found my soul mate, and loves that I have someone that adores and takes care of me.”

Olivia has someone, too.

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The singer’s husband, John, an eco-entrepreneur who goes by the moniker “Amazon John,” has been taking phenomenal care of the love of his life with bespoke, plant-based remedies. According to Culture Magazine, as of May 2019, Olivia’s pain is under control and her mobility has “increased substantially.”

Do we hear encroaching wedding bells, after all?

Olivia Newton-John arrives for G’Day USA’s Black Tie Gala in LA on Jan. 27, 2018 (©Getty Images | ROBYN BECK/AFP)

“My mom has taught me the power of positive thinking and enjoying every moment,” Chloe shared, full of love for her brave and beautiful mom. “Mom stays positive, and I do my best to stay positive, too,” she added.

With strength like that behind her, it seems Olivia’s humble wish to see her daughter get married could very well be set to come true.

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