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I took anti-depressants - Newton-John

London - Cancer, divorce, the mysterious disappearance of her partner… Olivia Newton-John has had enough troubles to last her a lifetime.

The 64-year-old singer and actress has revealed how she resorted to anti-depressants and therapy to cope when her troubles were at their worst.

Newton-John, who is now married to businessman John Easterling, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, and cancelled a comeback tour. Credit: AP

The Grease star said she took the pills for three months after her partner of nine years, Patrick McDermott, vanished on a fishing trip off the Californian coast in 2005. He never returned and was presumed drowned.

In an interview, she said: “Of course I still think about him. It was a difficult time and [they]got me out of a hole. I took them until I could see the light again and never did them again. I didn’t want to become dependent on them. That’s why I stopped.”

Newton-John, who is now married to businessman John Easterling, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, and cancelled a comeback tour.

Three years later she divorced husband Matt Lattanzi, with whom she has a daughter, Chloe.

Asked whether she had ever had therapy, Newton-John replied: “Yes, a few times. Once when I had cancer, another when he [McDermott] disappeared and also during my divorce. I needed it. It gives you the tools to help you heal and deal with things.”

In 2007, her daughter admitted she had suffered from an eating disorder as a teenager, saying: “It’s nothing to be ashamed of. I’m taking very good care of myself now.”

Newton-John said: “She’s through that now, but obviously it was very difficult as a parent to watch.”

She admitted that Chloe, 27, a singer-songwriter, has struggled to emerge from her shadow.

She said: “It’s hard for children of famous people. They think they should live up to their parents.”

Newton-John was born in England but moved to Australia as a child. She returns to the UK in March for her first concert tour there since 1978. - Daily Mail

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