The singer has emerged from a rough ride stronger and happier than ever. And it’s all thanks to love. Glen Williams reports.
After a tumultuous few years, Olivia Newton-John is glowing with joy. Her once troubled child, Chloe Lattanzi, is back on track, and Olivia is hopelessly devoted to her new husband, John Easterling. “This is the happiest I’ve ever been,” she tells Woman’s Day in an exclusive interview on a recent return home to Australia.
Over the past few years Olivia has frequently felt the glare of the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, with Chloe, 24, waging a very public battle with anorexia, and her erratic behaviour at nightclubs across LA making headlines.
Add the 2005 disappearance of Olivia’s then boyfriend Patrick McDermott, who some believe faked his own death, and you have enough drama to last anyone a lifetime.
But when Woman’s Day catches up with Olivia – who returned to home to receive the prestigious Medal of the Order of Australia from Governor General Quentin Bryce this month – we’re met with a woman who not only looks back in control but content with life. And it’s all thanks to love. More specifically, to her husband of two years, John Easterling.
“Married life is fantastic,” the 61-year-old star says with a girlish giggle, looking over at her doting husband, who has travelled home with Olivia to share her special day.