Olivia Newton-John gives fans a health update on her cancer battle

Publish Date
Monday, 5 August 2019, 10:15AM

Earlier in the year, Olivia Newton-John fans were left devastated after it was reported she only had weeks left to live after being diagnosed with cancer for the third time.

According to radaronline.com, people close to the Grease star said her health had rapidly deteriorated and her prognosis was now "weeks, not months."

However, the 70-year-old actress shut down the rumours herself and has now spoken out about the situation saying that putting a time limit on someone’s life could actually worsen their illness but that she actually looks at death as something "a long way away."

"When you’re given a cancer diagnosis or a scary illness diagnosis, you are suddenly given a possibility of a time limit," she told 60 Minutes reporter Liz Hayes.

"If you believe the statistic, you’re going to make them happen. If somebody tells you, 'you have six months to live', very possibly you will – because you believe that."

The iconic Aussie star - who is currently undergoing treatment for stage 4 breast cancer - also opened up about her cancer battle, saying she's "lucky to still be here."

"I’m so lucky that I’ve been through this three times and I’m still here. I’m living with it," she continued.

"Everyday is a gift now, particularly now."

Newton-John also revealed to Hayes that her cancer had metastasized and spread to her bones.

Take a look inside Olivia Newton-John's beautiful house near Byron Bay
• John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John reunite for the 40th anniversary of Grease

The 'Hopelessly Devoted to You' singer was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2017. She also has a tumour in the base of her spine.

In September last year, the star told Sunday Night she had decided to treat this cancer with "modern" medicines and natural remedies.

"I’m treating it naturally and doing really well," she said at the time.

Newton-John was previously diagnosed with breast cancer 25 years ago in 1992, after finding a lump on her right breast.

The 'Psychical' hitmaker - who has a daughter Chloe with her ex-husband Matt Lattanzi - underwent a partial mastectomy and six months of treatment, before getting the all-clear.

However, there was more heartache for the star when she was diagnosed with cancer in her shoulder in 2013 after she was involved in a minor car accident.

Take your Radio, Podcasts and Music with you