'Prayer is very powerful': Olivia Newton-John's pact with God to save daughter's life while pregnant
SANTA YNEZ, CALIFORNIA: Following 'Grease' actress Olivia Newton-John's passing on Monday, August 8, her interview with the podcast 'A Life of Greatness' from a year ago has re-emerged.
The actress and singer passed away at the age of 73 at her home in southern California, after a long battle with stage-four metastatic breast cancer. On her Facebook page, her husband John Easterling posted an obituary to inform others of her death.
In one of her last interviews, Olivia made an appearance on the 'A Life of Greatness podcast.' Olivia shared her strong faith and thoughts on life and death. She also revealed the deal she made with God while carrying her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, back in the 1980s, during the open conversation.
Olivia recalled, "I remember when I was pregnant with Chloe, and I was close to losing her. I went to bed and asked God to save her and if he did, I would say the Lord's Prayer every night for the rest of my life, and so I have. I think prayer is very powerful." Olivia also discussed her views on religion and mortality, expressing her conviction that there is still life beyond death.
When podcast host Sarah Grynberg asked her if she had yet "contemplated" her death, the star replied: "I have quite a few times that it was a possibility sooner than I wanted it."
"We all know we are going to die. I think we spend our lives denying it. It's extremely personal. I find it hard to put into words. I feel we are all part of one thing. I have had experiences with spirits or spirit life and felt the spirit world and have heard things that I believe there is something that happens," she added.
Olivia also stated that she believed there was a thing called "energy" as well as some type of life beyond death. "It's almost like we are parts of the same computer, and we go back to the main battery. I don't have a definite definition of what it is," she explained. "I think there is a great knowingness out there we become part of it. I hope that the energies of the people you love will be there. I think all the love will be there. I'm sort of looking forward to that, not now, but when it happens."
Olivia gave birth to Chloe in January 1986 with her ex-husband, Matt Lattanzi.
Following the revelation of her mother's death, Chloe, 36, who has continued in her mother's career in music, released a number of photos on Instagram of herself with Olivia through the years.
In the death announcement, John Easterling wrote: "Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family's privacy during this very difficult time. "
He added, "Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years, sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer."
Instead of sending flowers, the family requested that contributions be directed to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, which supports cancer research.
The star notably overcame breast cancer twice, but in 2017, she was given another diagnosis. Her last years were spent at home, where she ran internet campaigns for animal welfare and charity. She was also a vocal supporter of the legalization of medical marijuana in Australia.