AUSTRALIA – Pop icon Olivia Newton-John (UK 1974) has put her North American tour on hold, announcing she is once again battling cancer. The 68-year-old singer shared the news in a Facebook post Tuesday afternoon, saying doctors had diagnosed her with breast cancer that had metastasized to the sacrum.
Newton-John had originally postponed the first half of the tour because of severe back pain, which she presumed to be sciatica. Tests later revealed that it was actually cancer that had spread to her lower back. In addition to natural therapies, the Grammy Award-winning singer will be treated with a “short course of photo radiation therapy,” which she’s confident will have her back on stage “later in the year, better than ever.”
“I decided on my direction of therapies after consultation with my doctors and natural therapists and the medical team at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia,” said Newton-John in the statement.
Since the news of her diagnosis broke, many celebrities have come out with well wishes for the singer, including fellow cancer survivor Kylie Minogue and RuPaul. The Australian icon has been touring her new album LIV ON, which is a deeply personal collection of songs detailing various struggles she’s faced, including her 1992 battle with breast cancer and the loss of her sister Rona to brain cancer in 2013.