Brian May On Olivia Newton-John’s Passing, ‘I Didn’t Realize She Was Suffering So Much’


Brian May recently took to his Instagram to reveal his thoughts on Grease star Olivia Newton-John’s recent passing, saying he wasn’t aware of her sufferings.

Olivia Newton-John was an actress, activist, and singer who won four Grammy Awards with her chart-success hits. Newton-John’s ‘If You Love Me, Let Me Know’ and ‘Have You Been Mellow’ albums topped the Billboard 200 chart, and she had another five number 1 hits and ten top 10 hits.

In 1978, Newton-John starred in the musical film named Grease. The film’s soundtrack is among the best-selling albums, and it features a remarkably successful duet with John Travolta titled ‘You’re The One I Want.’ Sadly, the actress was battling cancer, and she recently passed away at 73 on August 8, 2022.

In his recent Instagram post, Brian May shared an emotional tribute video, which featured his pictures with Newton-John while the singer’s song ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’ played in the background. In the post’s caption, the guitarist then revealed his thoughts on the actress’s tragic passing.

Brian May expressed his sadness over Newton-John’s death and claimed he didn’t know the singer was suffering so much. According to May, he saw Newton-John at the Sydney Fire Fight before the pandemic, and she looked energetic and happy. Moreover, the guitarist said he would remember Newton-John as the sweetest, most un-starry star.

Brian May’s Instagram post read:

“Shocked and sad to hear she was gone. I didn’t realize she was suffering so much. Seeing her at the Sydney Fire Fight concert just before the pandemic broke out, she was full of energy and brightness — nobody would have known.

I remember her as the sweetest, most un-starry star ever. Completely unaffected by her beauty, her talent, her worldwide fame — just a girl who enjoyed doing great stuff. Damn. RIP, dear Olivia Newton-John. Bri.”

In May 2017, Olivia Newton-John’s breast cancer metastasized to her lower back and progressed to stage IV. The actress battled cancer privately in 1992 and 2013. Moreover, Newton-John was in great pain due to the metastatic bone lesions, but according to May, she knew how to hide it.