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Heartbroken Delta Goodrem pays tribute to ‘mentor and friend’ Olivia Newton-John after her death


Delta Goodrem has paid tribute to her beloved friend Olivia Newton-John following the Australian star’s death at the age of 73 following her long battle with cancer.

The 37-year-old singer shared a series of photos of herself hugging the icon in happier times, calling the Grease star her “mentor and friend” and “like family”.

“Love you forever,” Delta wrote in her moving post. “The whole world will feel this sorrow today because the whole world felt Olivia’s unmatched light. A force for good. A force of nature. Strong and kind,” Delta began.

Heartbroken Delta Goodrem has paid tribute to her ‘mentor and friend’ Olivia Newton-John after the Grease star died following a 30-year battle with cancer: ‘I love you forever’

‘My mentor, my friend, my inspiration, someone who has always guided me… she has always been there for me. Family for me.

She added: “I don’t have all the words I would like to say today, but I hope everyone will join in celebrating our beloved Olivia, her heart, her soul, her talent, his courage, his grace… I love you forever ❤️.”

“The whole world will feel this sorrow today because the whole world felt Olivia's unmatched light.  A force for good.  A force of nature.  Strong and kind, began Delta

“The whole world will feel this sorrow today because the whole world felt Olivia’s unmatched light. A force for good. A force of nature. Strong and kind, began Delta

Delta and Olivia were close, having recorded songs together in the studio.

The Lost Without You star also played icon in the 2018 TV miniseries Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You.

The pair bonded after their respective battles with cancer, with Delta being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma when she was 18.

Olivia’s death was announced by her husband John Easterling on his social media pages on Monday, saying she passed away surrounded by family and friends.

Delta and Olivia were close, having recorded songs together in the studio, while Delta also played the icon in the 2018 TV miniseries Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You.  The couple were also linked after their respective battles with cancer

Delta and Olivia were close, having recorded songs together in the studio, while Delta also played the icon in the 2018 TV miniseries Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You. The couple were also linked after their respective battles with cancer

Olivia's death was announced by her husband John Easterling on his social media pages on Monday, saying she passed away surrounded by family and friends.

Olivia’s death was announced by her husband John Easterling on his social media pages on Monday, saying she passed away surrounded by family and friends.

Olivia had been battling stage four metastatic breast cancer for years.

‘Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully this morning at her ranch in Southern California, surrounded by family and friends.

“We ask everyone to respect the privacy of the family during this very difficult time.

“Olivia has been a beacon of triumphs and hope for over 30 years, sharing her journey with breast cancer.

Olivia had been battling stage four metastatic breast cancer for years

Olivia had been battling stage four metastatic breast cancer for years

“Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience in plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to plant medicine and cancer research,” he said.

The family has requested that donations be made to their cancer organization, The Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, in lieu of flowers.

She is survived by her 36-year-old daughter, Chloé Lattanzi, 36.

The actress beat breast cancer twice, but was diagnosed again in 2017.

She has spent the last few years at home, campaigning for animal rights and raising money for her charity online.

She has also been a strong advocate for the use of medical cannabis for therapeutic purposes in Australia.

She is survived by her 36-year-old daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, 36.  The actress beat breast cancer twice, but was diagnosed again in 2017.

She is survived by her 36-year-old daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, 36. The actress beat breast cancer twice, but was diagnosed again in 2017.

In a haunting interview with The Guardian in 2020, she said of the disease: “It’s been a part of my life for so long.

“I felt something was wrong. It’s worrying when it comes back, but I thought to myself ‘I’ll get over it’.

In other interviews, when asked how she fought the disease so bravely, she replied, “I had and have an amazing life, so I have no complaints.

‘I really do not know. Everyone goes through something. We all have something to go through in life. This has been my challenge.

Earlier this year, Olivia opened up about how she’s been trying to stay positive amid her battle, telling Who magazine, “I focus on the positive side of things no matter the challenge.”

In light of her diagnosis, Olivia said at the time that she wasn’t focused on stats or timelines.

“Positive thinking is so important to living a healthy and happy life,” she said.

Earlier this year, Olivia opened up about how she's been trying to stay positive amid her battle, telling Who magazine:

Earlier this year, Olivia opened up about how she’s been trying to stay positive amid her battle, telling Who magazine: ‘I focus on the positive side of things no matter the challenge’

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