Four-time Grammy award winner and the receipent of five number-one and ten other Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 singles, Olivia Newton-John has annonced that her breast cancer has returned. As a result, she will postpone her June U.S. and Canadian concert dates.
The 68 year-old singer, who has scored hits such as "I Honestly Love You," "Xanadu" and "Soul Kiss," was originally diagnosed with the disease in 1992. Later, she proclaimed she was cancer free after receiving chemotherapy and a partial mastectomy. However, in a statement on her website and Facebook page Tuesday (May 30), the singer announced that the cancer has returned.
Newton-John had already postponed the first half of her concert tour due to back pain, which was actually an effect of the breast cancer that had metastasized to her sacrum. In her statement, Newton-John noted she will be seeking natural wellness therapies and completing a short course of photon radiation therapy to battle the disease once again.
The Aussie singer, who opened the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia, after her initial cancer battle, said she decided on her direction of therapies after consulting with her doctors, natural therapists and medical team at the aforementioned institute. Though a disheartening moment for the former CMA winner, Newton-John is confident she will return to the stage later in 2017 "better than ever, to celebrate her shows."
Though by no means an evangelical Christian, Newton-John calls herself "meta-religious." In fact, her diverse faith practices and broad beliefs is what helped her through her battle with breast cancer. She said she had so many songs floating through her head while she couldn't sleep due to chemotherapy that she had to write them all down. As a "thriver," not a survivor, Olivia released an album called Grace and Gratitude that contains what she calls healing songs. They drew inspiration from all of the world's religions.