The 'Grease' star had fame and success but she also wanted a family. Unfortunately, it proved difficult to have one easily.
Many women want to experience motherhood but not all of them are lucky enough to have it in their lives. Some women are also not able to give birth and prefer to adopt or use a surrogate.
Then, there are many others who face multiple miscarriages and it can be heartbreaking. Few women are able to have a child after the miscarriage/s and they just embrace the experience.
Olivia Newton-John, just like millions of women, wanted to be a mother. She was a well-known artist since the 1960s and gained worldwide fame with the film Grease, which also starred John Travolta, according to Biography.com. She continued working in the music industry till the 1980s but the English actress then pivoted into fashion. She started her own line called Koala Blue and focused on her family life.
However, having a family proved difficult for her because she kept having miscarriages. "Each time my heart was broken," she said in her memoir, according to Fabiosa. Finally, at the age of 38, when she was pregnant again with daughter Chloe, she was monitored by doctors as she was "an older mother." She was scared of losing this pregnancy as well. However, she learned to manage her worries eventually and instead started looking towards the happy future ahead of her.
After a lot of waiting, her daughter, Chloe Rose Lattanzi, now 34, was born in 1986 prematurely. Newton-John wanted to try for another child but that too ended in a miscarriage. "I had a beautiful child, and if I never have another child, I’m blessed already. I can’t complain," she said. She cherishes her single child a lot.
Then, in 1992 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and her daughter became one of her greatest strengths. The Xanadu actress believes that Lattanzi is "the greatest pleasure and achievement" of her life. Through her battle with cancer and her divorce, her daughter was with her.
Lattanzi became a child star at 15 when she got a record deal but that sent her down a life of hardship. Newton-John, who has a squeaky clean image, also struggled to understand her daughter's struggles initially. Now, her daughter is gaga over her mother.
"My mum is my hero, always has been and always will be. From as far back as I can remember I knew Mum was special, not because of who she was, but because of the life and love she gave me," wrote Lattanzi in Now to Love.
Even with her tight schedules, the Grease star would make sure to read bedtime stories to her daughter whenever she got the chance. "I was just five when I realised she was famous. One day we got into the car and suddenly thousands of people were jumping all over it, screaming her name. I started to have a panic attack and the fear I felt is as vivid today as it was back then. Mum would try her best to shield me from the prying eyes of the public, but it was almost impossible. We both struggled – me with addiction, anxiety and anorexia, and Mum with feeling helpless during my darkest hours," added Lattanzi, a singer herself.
Growing up with a famous mom was hard on little Lattanzi. "It was horrifying to me. For my mum, it was also a terribly hard time. She felt powerless and didn't know what to do. We were just talking about it and she said to me, 'I did everything I could. I sent you to every specialist, every person I thought might be able to help.' I told her, 'You know Mum, all I really needed was you.' She looked at me and finally realised the power she has – that her love is the most powerful healing tool in the world," added the singer.
Motherhood is a journey of ups and downs for most women and it was no different for Newton-John. Still, she found happiness in her little family and even found love again. She married American entrepreneur John Easterling when she was 59 in 2008.
While Christmases were once a big affair at their home, now it's all about spending time with the closest people. "These days Christmases are just me, Mum and the people we really love. We like to keep it small and intimate, and that makes me happy," added Lattanzi.