Singer Olivia Newton-John shared some devastating news on May 30, confirming that her breast cancer has returned and she’s been forced to postpone her June U.S. and Canada concert dates. Newton-John has the full support of her family, which includes her second husband, John Easterling.
The 68-year-old Newton-John’s team posted a statement on her Facebook page, confirming that the tour dates will be postponed. She already had to postpone the first half of the tour because of back pain.
“The back pain that initially caused her to postpone the first half of her concert tour, has turned out to be breast cancer that has metastasized to the sacrum,” the statement reads. “In addition to natural wellness therapies, Olivia will complete a short course of photon radiation therapy and is confident she will be back later in the year, better than ever, to celebrate her shows.”
Newton-John has been married to the 64-year-old Easterling since 2008. She was previously married to Matt Lattazi, the father of her daughter Chloe Rose Lattanzi, from 1984 to 1995. She and Easterling do not have any children together.
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Here’s what you need to know about Easterling.
1. The Couple Had 2 Different Marriage Ceremonies & Didn’t Tell Their Friends Until a July 4 Party
Easterling and Newton-John knew each other for 15 years before they finally started dating. A year after they began their romantic relationship, the two tied the knot twice in the span of a month.
People Magazine reports that they first got married on a mountain top in Peru on June 21, 2008. Nine days later, they got married in a beachfront wedding in Jupiter Island, Florida to make it legal.
The couple kept their marriage a secret for a few days, not telling any of their friends until they hosted a July 4 barbecue at the “Physical” singer’s Malibu home.
2. Easterling Founded the Amazon Herb Company, Which Merged With TriVita in 2012
Easterling is the founder of the Amazon Herb Company, which earned a glowing review on Natural News in 2005. He founded the group in 1990 to promote the benefits of botanicals from the Amazon Rainforest. Easterling even earned the nickname “Amazon John.”
In 2012, the company merged with TriVita, an international wellness company based in Arizna.
“Amazon John and Olivia have a genuine passion for wellness and the sustainability of the Rainforest. They will join TriVita’s mission of taking wellness to the world as we develop a worldwide community of wellness seekers,” TriVita founder Michael Ellison said in a statement. “This merger will be the most advantageous way to promote TriVita’s mission, vision, values and goals.”
According to the TriVita website, the Amazon Herb products feature “individual herbs selected for their quality and efficacy, directly from the rainforests. From helping cleanse environmental toxins to offering an immune-boosting punch, our Amazon Herb products are formulated-and manufactured using cGMPs-to help you live a healthier life.”
Part of the merger deal included Easterling and Newton-John appearing in international advertising for TriVita. The merger came just after the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center in Melbourne, Australia opened.
3. Easterling Was Reportedly ‘Jealous’ of Newton-John’s Relationship With Jimmy Barnes
Although Easterling and Newton-John have a strong relationship after nearly a decade of marriage, tabloids have tried to drum up drama between them. In September 2016, New Idea in Australia reported that he was “jealous” of Newton-John’s relationship with singer Jimmy Barnes. The two singers have often performed together and he appeared on her A Celebration in Song 2008 duets album.
“John is definitely jealous of Jimmy and Olivia’s relationship,” a source told New Idea. “How could he not be? They’re draped all over each other the whole time and clearly have a major connection. She lights up around him, while he follows her around and flirts with her like crazy. It’s just not right as far as John’s concerned.”
The Daily Mail noted that the report came just after Barnes and Newton-John performed at a gala for her Cancer and Wellness Centre.
4. Newton-John Says Easterling Helped Her Move on From Patrick McDermott’s Disappearance
In an interview with People Magazine in 2016, Newton-John said they fell in love during a trip, 15 years after they were introduced by mutual friends. “He’s incredibly smart and compassionate. He says yes to everything, he says yes to life,” the Grease actress said.
She also told the magazine that Easterling helped her move on after the sudden disappearance of her former partner Patrick McDermott in 2005.
“One of the hardest things is not knowing,” Newton-John said of what happened to McDermott in the interview. “I’m very lucky I have a wonderful, beautiful husband who is just so loving and fantastic. I always tell my friends you’re never too old to find love. I found the love of my life at 59 going on 60! I’m grateful.”
Back in March 2016, the Australian magazine Woman’s Day claimed that there was new evidence to prove that McDermott faked his own death and is now living in Mexico with a European girlfriend.
“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,” Newton-John told Australia’s 60 Minutes. “But, I live on. And of course questions come up, always. It’s human.”
5. A Man Committed Suicide in Their Jupiter Island Colony Home, Which They Sold for $5 Million in 2016
As Lonny notes, Newton-John and Easterling bought a home in Jupiter Island, Florida for $4.1 million in 2009. They spent over $2 million on renovations and tried to sell it for $6.2 million. In January 2016, Gossip Extra confirmed that the couple fianlyl sold it for $5 million.
The couple might have had trouble selling it because it was the scene of a suicide in August 2013. As the Palm Beach Post reported at the time, police said Christopher Pariseleti, 41, had financial problems. He ran Pariseleti Construction and was doing repairs on the home when he shot himself.
The Post reports that detectives spoke with Easterling, who confirmed that Pariseleti asked them for a $400,000 loan and said he’s pay them back $11,000 a month over 30 months. Easterling told police that they hadn’t responded to Pariseleti’s request. Pariseleti was married with two children.