She loved him deeply. Olivia Newton-John John Easterling‘s love story was one for the books.
While the late Xanadu star and Easterling had been friends for almost 20 years after meeting at an environmental show in the ‘80s, the twosome didn’t turn their relationship romantic until around 2006.
The pair’s bond first began to deepen when Easterling spent the night at the “Physical” singer‘s guest house while he was in California for business. The businessman was involved in a car accident on his way to the airport the next morning, breaking his lower spine. After refusing painkillers at the hospital, he returned to Newton-John’s house to rest.
Easterling made it to the top of the charts a year later. Grease star‘s performances in Miami, where he was living at the time.
“The lights went down and I heard this Peruvian music, and she stepped out and sang ‘Pearls on a Chain’,” he recalled to Australian Women’s WeeklyApril 2018, “[It’s] a very healing song — and that’s when I recognized who she was. I thought, ‘She’s a healer, and this is her medium of healing’. All I could think was that I wanted to introduce her to other healers who work in the Amazon.”
After the Grammy winner said “Yes” to the Amazonian adventure, Easterling knew she was the one.
The Florida native was the CEO and chairman of Amazon Herb Company at the time of their trip. He cofounded it in 1990 with a famous plant scientist. Dr. Nicole Maxwell. The South American trip was the perfect opportunity for the couple to bond over their love of the jungle and the healing powers nature has to offer.
Newton-John and the entrepreneur developed a mutual respect for wellness culture, alternative healing methods, and forged a bond.
“We’d see each other every year at functions, and the more I got to know her, I thought, ‘Oh, she’s a really nice person. She really does care about people and animals and the rainforest,” Easterling — who sold his Amazon Herb Company in 2012 — shared with Australian Women’s Weekly2018 In 2018, he founded Happy Tree Microbes, an organic gardening company.
The couple tied the knot in private Peruvian ceremonies on June 2008.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, Newton-John’s illness returned in 2013 and for a third time in 2017. The natural health businessman’s research into Amazonian medicinal and therapeutic plants coincided with the “Let Me Be There” singer, who shared a similar preference for holistic medicine and well-being. He even helped her with her cancer symptoms by growing medicinal marijuana.
After the Two of a Kind actress passed away at her home in August 2022 at age 73, Easterling took to Facebook to celebrate his partner’s life and the love they shared.
“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,” he wrote. “Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer.”
Keep reading to find out what we know about the late star’s husband.