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“Her illness helped me heal my illness.” Olivia Newton-John’s daughter on her mum’s breast cancer diagnosis.

Oliva Newton-John’s daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, has opened up about the painful reality of her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis on 60 minutes.

On Sunday night, the mother-daughter duo sat down with journalist Liz Hayes in the wake of of Newton-John’s rumoured cancer prognosis going viral earlier this year – which stated she was “weeks, not months” away from her death.

Newton-John, 70, is currently dealing with her third bout of cancer since her first diagnosis of breast cancer in 1992.

“It was weird feeling,” the former Grease actress said of the rumours. “I mean, to read that you’re dead, or that you’re dying, is a very strange experience… and then you think, maybe they know something I don’t.”

Watch: Olivia Newton-John and Chloe Lattanzi’s interview with 60 minutes. Post continues after video. 

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Her daughter Chloe, 33, has had her own well-documented struggles with addiction and a battle with anorexia. On 60 minutes, she shared her mum’s ill-health has “helped me heal my illness.”

“We say we all have our cancers. You know, mine is my battle with addiction,” Lattanzi told Hayes.

“I have to keep myself sober the rest of my life and that’s a fight and it takes work. And we all have our cancers… I’m not trying to make her struggle sound small, I’m trying to say, I think it makes it easier to deal with when you go, ‘Oh yeah, everyone has a cancer’.”

When asked how her mum’s health battle has changed her, Lattanzi replied:  “I wanted to be bright and happy and available and around for my mum when she was struggling with this and I thought I was okay but I wasn’t, I was still struggling with severe depression and I faced it head on.”

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Olivia Newton-John with her husband John Easterling and daughter Chloe Lattanzi. Image: 60 minutes.
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Newton-John agreed that her daughter has changed as a person, telling Hayes of Chloe, "I've seen a huge change in growth in her, she's just the most beautiful being and has a huge heart and great compassion and understanding,"

As for how the pair deal with the health issues everyday, Lattanzi's answer was simple: "We don't talk about it."

"We don't need to talk about it," she clarified. "If she's having a day where she needs to talk about it, I'm there to listen and to always reassure. I'll never bring it up unless she wants to."

Lattanzi said dealing with her mother's cancer in the public eye made it all the more difficult, admitting, she "didn't really like that everyone knew".

"It annoyed me," she added.

Lattanzi, who is also a singer and actress, said the constant attention from the public meant she felt a responsibility to protect her mother, as she didn't want her to be always reminded of her illness.

She continued: "I have days where I don't deal with it and I'm in denial and I don't think about it."

In late 2018, Olivia came into the Mamamia offices to discuss everything from why she never had a relationship with John Travolta after Grease to how she was dealing with being diagnosed with cancer for a third time. Post continues after audio. 

The singer-songwriter was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, just days after her father’s death. She received eight months of treatment and remained in remission for years.

She was diagnosed for a second time in 2013, when a new cancer spread to her shoulder, and then again in May 2017.

As for her personal strength, Newton-John said, "I don't think about myself and go, 'Oh, you're being strong', you just live your life and you do what you have to do to get through."

"And just when you're looking back, you go, 'Gosh, that was- that was pretty gnarly what I went through there'."

You can watch the full interview with Olivia Newton-John and Chloe Lattanzi on 9now

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