Australian singer Vanessa Amorosi seemed overwhelmed and had to cancel her live broadcast on Sunrise this morning after hearing of Olivia Newton-John’s death.
Amorosi was due to appear on the program to discuss her new single as she had just performed at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
But given that Newton-John’s death at age 73 after a long battle with cancer was the biggest news of the morning, Sunrise hosts Natalie Barr and David Koch wanted to first question Amorosi about her memories of the star.
“It’s an incredibly sad day – Vanessa, what are your memories?” Barr asked as they approached the Australian singer in Birmingham.
“Eh… I don’t know. I don’t particularly want to think about it because I’ll be very emotional,” Amoroshi began. “I literally had one of the highest endorphins that just happened there (at the closing ceremony), to the point where I was really sad when I went off stage and checked my phone. I don’t think I’ve really processed it yet.”
Koch said he would give Amorosi a chance to “formulate” his thoughts on the late music legend and changed course to discuss her performance at the Commonwealth Games and the new single.
A few minutes later, as the interview drew to a close, the hosts turned the subject back to Olivia Newton-John.
“We know this is a sad day for you and so many people, but we wanted to show you this photo from a few years ago of you, Olivia Newton-John and Tina Arena,” Barr said as a photo of the three Australian singers. at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 appeared on the screen.
“Can you tell us about those memories of that time, Vanessa?”
Amoroshi tried her best, but soon she was overwhelmed with emotion.
“Both of these women that I looked up to since (I was) a child… I don’t know. To be honest, I’m really sad about Olivia. His..”
With that, she bowed her head and raised her hand, signaling the end of the interview.
Barr and Koch thanked her for her time, with Barr commenting on how hard it must have been to get the news between the live performance and the live TV interview.
“So terrible. I sympathize with her after it’s over.”
It was an emotional breakfast television morning as Newton-John’s friends, colleagues and fans reacted to the news of her death in real time after it broke out around 5:30 am EST.
On Channel 9, entertainment veteran Richard Wilkins initially stuck together, breaking the sad news on Nine. Today – but later in the morning he was overwhelmed with emotions, and he sobbed when the presenter Karl Stefanovich rushed to comfort him.
And back Sunriseanother emotional live interview, this time on the streets of Los Angeles with Grease casting director Joel Therm, who wept openly as he described his fond memories of Newton-John.
The British-born, Melbourne-raised artist fought a decades-long battle with cancer, which returned in 2013.
In May 2017, she announced that her breast cancer had returned and metastasized to her sacrum, and in 2018, it was revealed that she was again battling the disease.
Last October, Newton-John revealed she was battling stage 4 breast cancer but was managing her pain with medical marijuana.
And now comes the news that fans have feared for years: Newton-John has died at her Southern California ranch surrounded by loved ones, including her husband John Easterling and daughter Chloe Lattanzi.
Khloe today paid tribute to her late mom on social media, whom she referred to as her “best friend” just a few days ago.