Olivia Newton-John’s husband John Easterling calls her ‘the most courageous woman’ in heartfelt tribute

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11 Aug 2022, 09:40

John Easterling and Olivia Newton-John

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The husband of Dame Olivia Newton-John has opened up to fans following her death aged 73.

John Easterling, who first broke the news of her passing on Monday (8th August), posted his own loving tribute to the Grease Star to celebrate their 14 years of marriage together.

The plant medicine researcher uploaded a beautiful photo of the couple together, and captioned it with an emotional letter detailing the years they spent together and the love shared between them. 

John wrote: “Our love for each other transcends our understanding. Every day we expressed our gratitude for this love that could be so deep, so real, so natural. We never had to ‘work’ on it. We were in awe of this great mystery and accepted the experience of our love as past, present and forever.

“At Olivia’s deepest essence she was a healer using her mediums of song, of words, of touch. She was the most courageous woman I’ve ever known. Her bandwidth for genuinely caring for people, for nature and all creatures almost eclipses what is humanely possible. It is only the grace of God that has allowed me to share the depth and passion of her being for so long. In her most difficult times she always had the spirit, the humor, and the will power to move things into the light.”

John went on to say: “Even now as her soul soars, the pain and holes in my heart are healed with the joy of her love and the light that shines forward. Our family deeply appreciates the vast ocean of love and support that has come our way.”

Olivia and her husband both shared a deep passion for plant medicine, and following her breast cancer diagnosis in 1992, the Physical singer set up the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund to provide research in the field and help discover new cancer treatments. 

Earlier this week, Olivia’s daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, posted her own tribute via Instagram, in which she shared a collection of memories she shared with her beloved mum.

It was clear Chloe and mum Olivia had an incredibly close bond. Just three days prior to the news of her mum’s death, the musician uploaded another gorgeous image alongside her famous mother, and wrote: “I worship this woman. My mother. My best friend.”

Meanwhile, the Sydney Opera House have contributed their own homage to the Australian legend. They lit up the iconic building in pink in memory of the star, who had “graced our stages many times over the decades, creating extraordinary moments that will be forever remembered.”