Important Health Update: Olivia Newton-John Announces Her Retirement Amid Ongoing Cancer Treatment

Olivia Newton-John has enjoyed a head-spinning success, and her career in music and cinema spans decades.

The Australian star thought about retirement from show business for many years, but she kept getting new exciting offers and just couldn’t quit. She said in a 2017 interview with Marie Claire:

Every year for the last 20 years, I thought I was retiring, and then somebody would say, “How about this?” And it’s like, “Oh, that looks fun.”

However, in recent years Olivia has slowed down, for a reason most of her fans are familiar with by now: breast cancer recurrence.

Although there have been speculations that the singer has been away from the public eye because her health has deteriorated, Olivia herself came out to deny the rumors. In a video message to fans earlier this year, the star reassured everyone that she’s doing fine and her journey continues.

But will she ever return to the stage? Her recent interview indicates that it’s highly unlikely.

Olivia is “enjoying her time off”

In a new interview with the Australian paper Herald Sun, Olivia revealed that she’s still being treated for cancer. She admitted that it’s the longest pause in her career since her daughter’s birth.

She told the paper:

This is the longest break I’ve ever taken apart from when I had [my daughter] Chloe. And that was 33 years ago.

Despite the circumstances of her break, the star actually finds it enjoyable and is focused on her well-being:

I’m really enjoying this time off. I’m trying to decide what I will be doing, if anything. I can still sing in the shower, no one has to hear me, but at least I get to do it.

This time is the third time the star has battled breast cancer. Olivia was diagnosed with the disease for the first time in 1992 and successfully beat it. She had another brush with cancer in 2013, and the third time came in 2017, when she discovered that the cancer had spread to her lower back.

The singer revealed her diagnosis in 2018, and she remains optimistic.