Olivia Newton-John’s daughter says she made a promise to her mother before she died.
Her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, will return to her mother’s native Australia in October for the singer’s annual Walk for Wellness, an event that brings people together to support those with cancer. Along the way, Lattanzi will be inspired by her song ‘Phoenix’, which has deep meaning and is one of her mother’s favorites.
“That was my promise to my mother that I would fly and be happy,” Lattanzi said when she and Newton-John’s widower, John Easterling, spoke to TODAY’s Hoda Kotb in a clip that aired March 3. song is for my mother. And it’s also for anyone who needs to be lifted, you know? We are all capable of incredible things.
“My mom is a reminder of that, of what we can manifest, of how many people we can help with this incredible light that we all have within us.”
Newton-John was treated for breast cancer multiple times before she passed away in August 2022 at the age of 73. Lattanzi, who had Newton-John with ex-husband Matt Lattanzi, also opened up about her mother’s last words to her in February on TODAY.
Lattanzi, 37, and her mother’s widower, John Easterling, recently honored the Grammy winner at a memorial service in Australia that paid homage to stars such as Nicole Kidman, Dolly Parton and Elton John. The land is also the site of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Center, which focuses on using plant-based medicines to help beat cancer.
“My mother is a pioneer, a rebel in a good way. A healer,” Lattanzi said in the March 3 segment.
Easterling says Newton-John will never stray far from his thoughts.
“I carry her in my heart, live life for both of us, do the things we liked, do the things she liked,” he said. “And then continue with the kind of mission and the things that we’re committed to.”
Lattanzi echoes that sentiment when she points out the importance of the work her mother promised to do.
“Knowing that my mother was a healer to so many people is incredibly inspiring, and it is my mission to carry on her legacy of love and light, giving and caring for all beings, great and small,” she said.
This article was originally published on TODAY.com