Olivia Newton-John Raised Long-Awaited Only Child on Rustic Farm That ‘Captured’ Her Heart for 40 Years

Despite a prolific career in film and music, motherhood was more critical to Olivia Newton-John. She traded her career for the quiet country life on her 187-acre Australian ranch with her husband, where they raised their daughter and became “keepers of the forest.”

Grammy Award winner Olivia Newton-John and her first husband Matt Lattanzi met when he was a dancer in the 1980 rock ‘n’ roll musical ”Xanadu.” He acted as a stand-in before the team found a leading man, and he and Newton-John struck up a friendship immediately.

Lattanzi asked the singer out three months later, and the pair kept their romance a secret for over a year before going public. They also bonded over their love for rustic living, exercise, tennis, and skiing.

Initially, Lattanzi worried that their 10-year age difference would be something many frowned upon. Still, Newton-John felt he was mature and handled himself and their relationship so well that it was barely noticeable.

Newton-John was also terrified of marriage at the very beginning of their relationship, stemming from the failed marriages she would see around her. However, her relationship with Lattanzi went so well that she decided to give marriage a chance.

They married six years after meeting, in an intimate ceremony at their home where Lattanzi gave Newton-John a gold heart locket. She would later disclose

“I’d had pangs about having a child, but I was terrified of getting married. It finally just felt like the natural thing to do, and I’d never felt that way before.”

A little over a year after walking down the aisle with Lattanzi, Newton-John became a mother. She had suddenly started experiencing unusual cravings, longing for avocados while she previously despised them.

She remembers buying an at-home pregnancy test kit and could not be happier at the results. She was thrilled at the prospects of becoming a mom, and when she shared the news with her husband, he was equally excited.

Lattanzi, who had been away visiting family in Oregon, caught the first flight home, and the two celebrated over dinner at an elegant restaurant.

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