Olivia Newton-John.
Olivia Newton-John.

Olivia Newton-John still wonders about missing ex

AUSSIE icon Olivia Newton-John has hit the headlines as she celebrates her 68the birthday today, after admitting she still wonders what happened to her ex-partner Patrick McDermott who mysteriously disappeared 11 years ago.

Newton-John had been dating McDermott for nine years when he disappeared off a fishing boat in California in 2005.

She told the Nine Network's 60 Minutes program on Sunday night that the aftermath of his disappearance "was very hard" as he "was lost at sea and nobody really knows what happened".

Over the years there have been reported sightings of McDermott, with an article published in Women's Day magazine earlier this year claiming he is alive and living in Mexico.

When asked if she wondered whether McDermott was still alive, Newton-John told Nine: "It's human to wonder. But you know ... those are the things in life you have to accept and let go.

"Because whenever you go through difficult times there's always those concerns. But you know, I live on, and of course questions come up, that's human."

Arguably best known for her role as Sandy alongside John Travolta in Grease, Olivia is also a four-time Grammy Award-winner who has amassed five number-one and ten other Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 singles, and two number-one Billboard 200 solo albums.

She has sold an estimated 100 million records, making her one of the best selling music artists of all time.

On a personal front, she beat breast cancer in 1992 and has gone on to become an avid animal rights and environmental activist.

She has a daughter, Chloe Rose Lattanzi, with her first husband, Matt Lattanzi, and was married again in 2008 to John Easterling, the founder and president of natural remedy firm, Amazon Herb Company.



In celebration of the star's 68th birthday today, we have drawn together some of Newton-John's best and most inspirational quotes over the years:

"My family and friends were definitely the key to my recovery. One thing that I do suggest is that anyone dealing with a life-threatening illness like cancer choose a point person for people to call to find out how you are doing - a sister, brother, mother, father, daughter, son, or close friend."

"I'm happy, and I think being happy keeps you looking young."

"I feel very passionately that we need to take care of the planet and everything on it. Whether it's saving the Amazon or just being kind to those around you, we need to take care of each other and Mother Earth."

"I live every day to its fullest extent and I don't sweat the small stuff."

"I used homeopathy, acupuncture, yoga and meditation in conjunction with my chemotherapy to help me get stronger again after the cancer. I also chanted with Buddhist friends and prayed with Christian friends. I covered all my bases."

"Nothing I have done professionally will top the feeling I got when singing with John Farnham at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney."

"In June 1992, I discovered a lump in my breast. A subsequent mammogram, ultrasound and a needle biopsy proved negative. But my instinct said it still didn't feel right, so I had a lumpectomy. I then got the news that it was cancer."

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