In what would become her final interview, “Grease” star Olivia Newton-John revealed the powerful prayer she prayed to God while she was pregnant with her daughter Chloe.
Newton-John, 73, died Monday morning after a years-long battle with metastatic breast cancer.
In February of last year, the British-Australian entertainer appeared on the “A Life of Greatness” podcast, where she opened up a bit about her faith background and shared her “favorite prayer.”
Newton-John told podcast host Sarah Grynberg she grew up Presbyterian, frequently attended church, and was taught the Lord’s Prayer as a child.
While the “Xanadu” star’s exact beliefs were not clear, she recalled a moment during her pregnancy in the 1980s with her now-36-year-old daughter Chloe Lattanzi, according to Metro.
“I remember when I was pregnant with Chloe, and I was close to losing her,” Newton-John said. “I went to bed and asked God to save her and, if He did, I would say the Lord’s Prayer every night for the rest of my life, and so I have.”
She went on to tell Grynberg she believed prayer was “very powerful.”
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The podcast host also asked Newton-John if she ever “contemplated” death, a worthwhile question, particularly given the actor had dealt with breast cancer since 1992, when she was first diagnosed. While she beat the initial diagnosis, the cancer returned in 2013 and, although she went into remission, it returned for the third time in 2017.
“I have quite a few times [thought] that it was a possibility sooner than I wanted it,” Newton-John replied. “We all know we are going to die. … I think we spend our lives denying it. It’s extremely personal. I find it hard to put into words. I feel we are all part of one thing. I have had experiences with spirits or spirit life and felt the spirit world and have heard things — that I believe there is something that happens.”
She added she believed there was “a great knowingness” in the afterlife.
Christians know there is only one way to experience heaven in the afterlife, and that is through the work Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to pay the debt for our sinfulness, which separates us from God. One of Jesus’ disciples, Thomas, asked Him during His earthly ministry how he could “know the way” to eternal life in heaven. Jesus told him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:5-6).
Lattanzi, for her part, posted a moving tribute to her mother on Instagram.
“You are my lighthouse, mama,” she wrote. “My safe place. My heart space. It has been my honor and continues to be my honor to be your baby and best friend. You are an angel on earth and everyone touched by you has been blessed. I love you forever, my life giver, my teacher, my mama.”
Newton-John’s husband John Easterling said in a statement Monday that his wife died peacefully surrounded by family and friends.
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