On January 25, former Grease co-stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John stepped out for a special fundraising event, where Travolta spoke lovingly to reporters about Newton-John and her battle with breast cancer.
The two attended the G’Day USA 2020 Standing Together event in Beverly Hills — a charity dinner held to commemorate the ways in which the US and Australia work together in business, government, the creative industries, and academia. This year, the event was held to raise money for the wildfires devastating the Australian continent.
Newton-John and Travolta have both attended the event in the past, and this time, Travolta had a lot to say to reporters about his former co-star, who was diagnosed for the third time with breast cancer in 2017 and went public with it in September 2018. Up until now, Travolta hasn’t (publicly) said much about the diagnosis. But this time, he poured his heart out to reporters and let us all know how he really feels about his long-time friend.
According to People, Travolta gushed, “Olivia is a survivor and she’s smart and she’s got a lot of life in her and I think she looks at it from the glass half full always and that’s her beautiful, natural approach towards life and I think we all need to do that.” How sweet!
Since being diagnosed with cancer, Newton-John has adopted an integrated approach to treatment, including both pharmaceutical medications and natural remedies. On top of that, she emphasized that maintaining a positive outlook has helped her tremendously. At the dinner, she revealed to reporters that she’s remaining optimistic, and even wants to help others with cancer.
“Life is a gift and I’ve had an amazing life and I intend to keep going with it and I want to help other people with cancer of course,” she said. In this effort, Newton-John created the Olivia New-John Wellness and Research Center in Melbourne, Australia dedicated to cancer treatment and research. “My dream is that one day the ONJ Centre will be only about wellness, and we will no longer need cancer centers because cancer will be a thing of the past,” it reads on the website.
Newton-John has made it a point to express how much positivity changes the way she feels despite her circumstances. “[Positivity is] really a decision,” she told Good Housekeeping. “And once you make that decision, you kind of train your brain to stay there, so it becomes normal… I talk to my body and I thank it for every step it makes of improvement. And I thank it anyway! It’s really a practice because you create your world by what you think.”
We’d have to say that we agree with Travolta — she truly is a survivor.