Olivia Newton-John Moved Daughter To ‘Breathtaking’ 187-Acre Estate As A Child After Health Diagnosis
Aug 12, 2022 by apost team
On Aug. 8, 2022, the world lost one of its brightest stars – Olivia Newton-John. She was a British-Australian performer best known for her work as an actress, singer and activist. The acclaimed woman won several awards over the course of her life and was honored by fans and critics alike.
Newton-John was born on Sept. 26, 1948, in England before moving with her family to Australia when she was 6 years old. She had an early start in music, but superstardom would come when she was cast in the 1978 musical “Grease" opposite John Travolta. Newton-John’s portrayal of an innocent Australian student pining for Travolta’s Danny Zuko catapulted the performer to fame and made her a household name, showing off her sweet yet powerful vocals and great acting chops. Even today, people are still singing the songs from the “Grease” soundtrack and dressing up as Danny and Sandy for costume parties.
While her follow-up film “Xanadu” would fail to achieve the same level of success as “Grease,” it would forever change her life. On the set, she met dancer Matt Lattanzi and the two quickly hit it off.
Despite being 11 years her junior, Lattanzi was smitten, telling The Sunday Times in October 1988:
“We started to confide in each other and became so close so I asked her out. … I was 20 at the time but we just seemed like two individuals who understood each other and enjoyed each other’s company. … I dated girls my own age too before but I never felt any commitment to anyone until I met Olivia.”
Meanwhile, Newton-John said of their romance, “At first I worried about how people would react to Matt being 11 years younger than me. I thought they would be unkind, but they weren’t.”
After six years of dating, Newton-John and Lattanzi tied the knot in December 1984 and plans to start a family followed soon after. As she was in her mid-30s at the time, Newton-John had anxieties about having children but persevered. She said, “I was sure everything was fine, but at my age you have to do it for peace of mind.”
The couple had their only child, daughter Chloe Rose Lattanzi, in 1986. Then in 1992, Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer, and the three of them packed up and moved to her home in Australia, which she had bought after the success of “Grease.”
The sprawling 187-acre property in New South Wales was the perfect spot for Newton-John to recuperate and focus on being a full-time mom. The property was put up on the market in February 2019. In the listing, the star described it as “a magical spot that is the home for many different species of wildlife,” adding, “the expansive view from the farm is breathtaking and captured my heart all those years ago.”
The rustic yet modern estate a stone’s throw away from Byron Bay is comprised of eight lots with a three-bedroom, two-bathroom main house and spacious kitchen. It also boasts a four-bedroom guest suite. Outdoors, the land included two dams, a natural waterfall and a creek and stream running through the property.
The estate was sold later that same year for £3.11 million (approximately $3.79 million), a trade-off she made to invest more into her Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund and Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center.
Although she and Lattanzi divorced in 1995, Newton-John continued to relish her role as a mother, staying close to Chloe as a child all the way into adulthood.
When Chloe was younger, Newton-John said her priority was to raise a confident daughter. She told PEOPLE in September 2000:
“It’s the same for all mothers, to try and give your daughters good self-esteem. You just do your best and cross your fingers. Chloe notices people and their feelings. She’s a very good girl.”
Sadly, Chloe did not always feel so comfortable being Newton-John’s daughter. She opened up about her childhood troubles in an episode of “60 Minutes,” explaining she suffered from anorexia during her teens and her mother struggled to cope with it. “She’d never faced anything like that before and she didn’t know how to deal with it,” Chloe said.
Aside from her eating disorder, Chloe also turned to cosmetic surgery. She underwent her first surgery procedure at 18 – and later regretted it.
“All those things were a disaster. Not only did the lip implants look ridiculous, the first boob op I had in Australia when I was 18 left me looking mutilated," she revealed to Woman's Day. Follow-up surgeries corrected many of the things her first procedures messed up. Nowadays, Chloe seems much more at ease in her body, saying, “Now I’m a 32DD and I love my body and love showing my new boobs off. Mum supported my surgery decisions because she knew how unhappy I was before.”
Thankfully Chloe and Newton-John had a wonderful relationship during Newton-John’s life. On Aug. 5, 2022, just days before Newton-John's death, Chloe posted a beautiful mother-daughter photo on Instagram and captioned it:
“I worship this woman. My mother. My best friend.”
Although there were some hardships and complications along the way, it was evident the mother-daughter pair had plenty of love, respect and adoration for one another.Olivia Newton-John (2018), (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images/Getty Images)
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