Olivia Newton-John’s sad death on August 8 rocked Australia and the world.
The talented actress and singer was beloved around the nation by a flock of devoted fans, but none were more besotted with her than her husband, plant researcher John Easterling.
The pair originally met back in 2005.
“I dated a little bit, but I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with him and then bam!” Olivia told People in October 2016. “He’s incredibly smart and compassionate. He says yes to everything, he says yes to life!”
The lovebirds eventually wed in 2008 after falling in love during a trip to the Amazon.
Their marriage was hardly easy considering Olivia’s cancer diagnosis.
The Grease star was first diagnosed with cancer in 1992 and then again in 2013 and 2017.
As a plant medicine researcher, John would grow herbal remedies for his wife in the couple’s Californian home.
The Australian icon previously opened up about their strong relationship amid such a terrible ordeal.
“I love learning from John about the plants and what they do to help people,” Olivia told Good Housekeeping.
“I think our relationship has gotten stronger, even though I didn’t think it could get stronger.”
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John also shared his sweet feelings towards Olivia and their charming relationship, stating: “It just gets better… Olivia’s doing astonishingly well. It’s a long trip, and it’s beautiful.”
In 2021, Olivia told The Australian Women’s Weekly that she “lucked out” with John.
“He’s a very special human being,” the actress and singer confessed.
“He’s honest, loving, creative, funny. He’s incredibly intelligent. I’ve learnt so much from him … He’s wonderful, he is. I lucked out.”
John was the one who confirmed the news of Olivia’s passing on Tuesday 9th August in a post to social media, saying that she was “a symbol of triumphs and hope”.
Many other celebrities have since paid tribute to the star.
“Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” the statement read.
“We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.
“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer.”
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