Family of the female star of ’70s hit “Grease” and the 1980 musical “Xanadu” have not talked publicly about her since she died in August 2022 of cancer until Friday’s broadcast of the “Today” show.
Olivia Newton-John’s daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, spoke about her mother with “Today” host Hoda Kotb in Friday’s episode. Lattanzi revealed her mother’s last words to her were: “My sunshine.” She explained to Kotb those were the last words her mother was able to speak.
“And right before she lost her ability to speak, she was making jokes,” added Lattanzi, who is the singer’s daughter with ex-husband Matt Lattanzi. She described her mother as a truly special person to both her and her fans.
“I love my mom more than anything,” explained an emotional Lattanzi. “She’s my mama, you know? She’s not Olivia Newton-John to me, but I’m so glad that she was Olivia Newton-John for so many people.”
Lattanzi remarked during the “Today” episode that support from her mother’s fans has helped her.
“It actually has been a life raft. It has felt like a big hug from the universe,” she stated. “And I’m very grateful for all of the people who reached out to us and extended their heart and their connection.”
Newton-John delivered Lattanzi in 1986, her only child with then-husband Matt Lattanzi, according to a Page Six report. The Australian singer later married John Easterling in 2008.
The 70-year-old businessman joined his stepdaughter during Friday’s interview, noting he misses his extraordinary wife.
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