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“I was so proud to get to know her”: Julie Bishop honours Olivia Newton-John following the sad news of her passing

The former politician has recalled a sweet moment between Olivia and John Travolta.
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In the wake of Olivia Newton-John’s passing, many famous faces have paid tribute to the singer, including former politician Julie Bishop who appeared on Today to remember her dear friend.

Appearing on the morning show, Julie described Olivia as “a global superstar” who was “so relatable and loveable”.

“Everybody wanted to be her friend,” Julie Bishop said.

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“Everybody wanted to be her friend. I remember as a teenager at school when her first big hit came out, every girl wanted to be Olivia. It continued in Grease – You either wanted to be sweet Sandy or Spandex Sandy. She was gorgeous.

“She was not only a global ambassador for the music industry, but she was also an ambassador for Australia. In 2018, we honoured Olivia at the G’Day USA awards and she was there with her husband and on stage looking radiant and beautiful with that gorgeous blonde hair and sang a few numbers from Grease.

“John Travolta was in the audience, he was at our table, and I was sitting opposite him. His eyes never left her face, he was absolutely smitten. Throughout her singing, he was saying, ‘She is just so beautiful’, and she was.

Olivia Newton-John has passed away aged 73.

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The former politician went on to say she was “so proud” to know Olivia.

“She got things done, didn’t she? She was determined. She was resilient. Even though you knew that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, she was forceful in her advocacy. She came to Parliament House and went from minister’s office to minister’s office seeking more support on a range of health issues but particularly breast cancer research.

“I admired her resilience, her determination, her energy. She was tenacious in all she fought for in terms of causes, yet she was an idolised singer and performer.”

“I admired her resilience.”

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The 73-year-old reportedly died in the early hours of this morning (Australian time) peacefully at her ranch in Southern California.

Her husband John Easterling was the one who confirmed the news of Olivia’s death in a post to social media, saying that she was “a symbol of triumphs and hope”.

Olivia also leaves behind her 34-year-old daughter Chloe Lattanzi.

“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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