Sooner than she died, singer and actress Olivia Newton-John had a parting message for her relations: “Specific like to the folks you’re keen on,” her husband John Easterling recalled in an interview Friday. The overdue actor’s relations unfolded about their fond reminiscences and last moments with the icon, who used to be additionally a mom and a spouse.

“I like my mother greater than the rest, and he or she’s my mama,” her daughter Chloe Lattanzi advised Hoda Kotb of the “The Lately Display.” 

“She’s now not Olivia Newton-John to me, however I am so happy that she used to be Olivia Newton-John for such a lot of other people.”

The “Grease” big name and making a song ability have been scuffling with breast most cancers for many years prior to she died final August on the age of 73. Consistent with Lattanzi, her mom fought towards the illness with probably the most tough equipment in her toolbox: humor.

“Proper prior to she misplaced her talent to talk, she used to be making jokes,” Lattanzi advised Kotb, whilst describing her mom’s angle against the top of her battle. “The final phrases she may just say to me used to be, ‘my sunshine.'” 

Newton-John’s 30-year fight towards the illness served as an inspiration, now not handiest to most cancers sufferers and lovers world wide, but in addition to her personal daughter and husband, Easterling mentioned.

“It is a lengthy adventure, however she had the self-control — even in her maximum tough occasions, to in point of fact carry within the gentle and to usher in the affection,” Easterling advised “The Lately Display.” “And she or he used to be who she used to be right through.”

The interview additionally got here at the identical day that Newton-John’s duet along with her expensive good friend Dolly Parton used to be launched.   

Easterling mentioned his spouse’s duet with Parton, which she recorded whilst she used to be in poor health, is simply some other instance of her talent to percentage her present with the arena — even after her passing.

“It is a beautiful duet and Dolly’s a stupendous individual, used to be a just right good friend of Olivia,” Easterling mentioned. “She, as I do, really feel like everybody has an excessively distinctive and particular present. For her, it used to be her voice…she understood it used to be a present and he or she gave that very generously.”

Newton-John’s lovers have helped raise on her message of affection and light-weight, Lattanzi mentioned.

“It in fact has been a existence raft,” Lattanzi mentioned of the outpouring of reinforce from her mom’s lovers. “It has felt like a large hug from the universe, and I am very thankful for all the individuals who reached out to us and prolonged their middle and their connection.”

Easterling mentioned a phrase of encouragement from any individual he crossed paths with has helped him determine “some way ahead” after Newton-John’s passing.

“A man I used to be flying with mentioned, ‘You recognize John, if you find yourself fortunate sufficient to have discovered your true soulmate, and also you percentage a middle, when one passes, the opposite has the duty to reside existence for each,'” Easterling mentioned. “And that used to be very empowering and really tough for me.”

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