Olivia Newton-John’s daughter Chloe Lattanzi has broken down in tears during an emotional interview on Sunrise.
Speaking to hosts Nat Barr and Matt Shirvington on Tuesday morning, Lattanzi became overcome just seconds into the segment on live TV, revealing that she is “still raw” with grief following the death of her mother.
The iconic Australian performer passed away last August after a long battle with breast cancer.
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Lattanzi appeared on Sunrise to raise awareness for Olivia’s Walk for Wellness, an annual fundraising event to support people living with cancer.
The 37-year-old and Newton-John’s husband John Easterling will join thousands of walkers in Melbourne on October 8 to take part in the walk.
More than a year after her mum’s death, Lattanzi said she was still struggling with grief, becoming emotional soon after the segment begun.
Olivia Newton-John’s daughter has broken down in tears during an emotional interview on Sunrise. Credit: Seven
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In the moving interview, Lattanzi said the enormous outpouring of public support had given her strength.
“I think I’ve said this too many times, but it really is true — it’s been a life raft for me,” she said.
“The outpouring of love is, is tangible and in my darkest moments, people that I …”
At that point, Lattanzi became too emotional to continue, saying: “I’m sorry, it’s still raw for me.”
After composing herself, she continued: “People that I don’t even know have lifted me up and I’ve been able to engage with people who are going through cancer, who have family members who are going through cancer and offer my heart and my ear.
Chloe Lattanzi, still struggling with grief, became overcome shortly after the interview started. Credit: Seven
“And that has been actually the greatest privilege for me to give back in that way.”
Nat was quick to show her support to Lattanzi after her on-air tears, saying it’s an understandable reaction.
“We all know, a lot of people watching now, will know that grief comes at you out of left field,” she said.
“It’s like a roller coaster and it hits you when you least expect it. So please don’t be sorry.”
Lattanzi, fanning away her tears, responded: “Especially on live TV!”
She went on to say that she was proud to continue her late mother’s legacy with the Walk for Wellness.
“It’s an honour, it’s an absolute honour,” she said.
Lattanzi said her grief was ‘still raw’. Credit: Seven
“I mean, there, there really isn’t any greater purpose in life than to give to others and to be of service to others.
“And I learned that from my mom from a very young age — it was either planting trees, taking care of animals.
“When she was diagnosed with her cancer, it was about focusing on helping other people. And when I went through my mental illness, I focused on connecting with people that were going through, similar trauma and pain.
“So her and I are similar in that way and, I really am grateful that she instilled that in me.”
To register for Olivia Newton-John’s walk, head to the Olivia’s Walk for Wellness website for more details.
Olivia Newton-John’s daughter Chloe will lead the late singer’s Wellness Walk this year. (Ellen Smith/AAP PHOTOS) Credit: AAP
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