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Olivia Newton-John’s husband shares heartfelt update in new tribute to late star

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Thousands of fans and celebrities alike around the world were rocked by the news on Monday, 8 August that Olivia Newton-John had tragically passed away after a years-long battle with breast cancer.

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The news was announced by her husband, John Easterling, on her Instagram, and he immediately received an outpour of love and support as he mourned his wife.

Two days after her passing, the 70-year-old has shared another heartfelt tribute to his wife, opening up about their fourteen years together, as well as sending a message of appreciation to all who have extended their condolences.

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Addressing Olivia first, he said: “Our love for each other transcends our understanding. Every day we expressed our gratitude for this love that could be so deep, so real, so natural.”

He revealed: “We never had to ‘work’ on it. We were in awe of this great mystery and accepted the experience of our love as past, present and forever.”

John penned the tribute alongside a beautiful portrait of the couple, where the Grease lead is seen standing behind her husband as she tightly embraces him and their smiling faces are pressed to each other’s.

John’s heartfelt tribute

Recalling the singer’s inimitable presence and energy, he wrote: “At Olivia’s deepest essence she was a healer using her mediums of song, of words, of touch. She was the most courageous woman I’ve ever known.

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“Her bandwidth for genuinely caring for people, for nature and all creatures almost eclipses what is [humanly] possible,” he said, and added: “In her most difficult times she always had the spirit, the humor, and the will power to move things into the light.”

Olivia is survived by her husband as well as her daughter from her first marriage, Chloe Lattanzi

He concluded the heartfelt tribute with: “Even now as her soul soars, the pain and holes in my heart are healed with the joy of her love and the light that shines forward. Our family deeply appreciates the vast ocean of love and support that has come our way.”

Fans were quick to take to the comments to commend him and his love to Olivia, writing: “True soulmates,” and: “So beautifully said. She loved and adored you with every fiber of her soul,” as well as: “Such beautiful words for a lovely lady. To find a love so wonderful is a true gift.”

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Michelle Obama mourns sad death of filmmaker Julia Reichert

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Michelle Obama has paid tribute to Oscar-winning filmmaker, Julia Reichert, who died at the age of 76.

The former First Lady took to social media to share news that Julia had lost her battle with cancer and passed away on 1 December her home in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

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Michelle and her husband, Barack Obama, posted a message on the page of their Higher Ground Media production company. 

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Alongside a photo of Julia, they wrote: “Last night we lost a true giant. A trailblazing filmmaker, Julia Reichert dedicated her life to documenting socially and historically significant stories that gave voice to so many, particularly the working class and women.

“Collaborating with her on the Oscar-winning documentary American Factory was an honor and privilege that we will always cherish at Higher Ground. 

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“We know that Julia’s talent, humanity and commitment to mission-centric storytelling will continue to inspire current and future creators worldwide, including all of us.”

Michelle and Barack worked with Julia 

Fans rushed to share their sadness and commented: “So sorry. what a giant talent. deepest sympathies to her friends and family and colleagues,” and, “She was amazing”. There were strings of heart emojis and praying hands as they paid tribute to the star. 

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Steven Bognar, her husband and collaborator, confirmed the death and said his wife had been receiving treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and a form of urinary cancer for years.

Julia lost her battle to cancer 

Julia’s success was a surprise to her as she admitted her career was unexpected: “I had no idea I would be, quote unquote, a filmmaker,” she said in an interview with Yellow Springs radio station WYSO. “I just knew I loved photography. I loved getting better at it. I loved learning about taking pictures. And I really loved the radio.”

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Billie Eilish performs remotely during star-studded Earthshot Prize ceremony

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Billie Eilish kept it simple for her remote performance at Prince William’s Earthshot Prize awards ceremony on Friday evening, wearing a comfortable grey sweatshirt as she sat at her piano to sing ‘My Future’.

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The Grammy-award winner was part of a stellar line-up that included Annie Lennox, Ellie Goulding and the Beyoncé-backed R&B duo Chloe x Halle that performed during the event.

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Billie prerecorded her performance of ‘My Future’ from her home in Los Angeles, and she was joined by her brother Finneas.

The Prince and Princess of Wales were greeted with a standing ovation as they took to stage for the start of the ceremony, which referenced the colonists who came to Boston 400 years ago. Elizabeth Solomon, a member of the Massachusetts tribe at Ponkapoag, asked attendees to “respect the lands and waters”.

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Dubbed Prince William’s “Superbowl moment,” the glitzy ceremony drew an A-list crowd at the MGM Music Hall at Fenway in Boston. Among those presenting awards were Oscar-winning actor Rami Malek, Home Alone and Schitt’s Creek star Catherine O’Hara and environmental activist and Big Little Lies star Shailene Woodley.

Earthshot Prize council members Sir David Attenborough and Cate Blanchett will both provide voiceovers during the ceremony, which will be presented by UK broadcaster Clara Amfo and US actor Daniel Dae Kim.

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John F Kennedy, whose “Moonshot” speech about space travel inspired the Earthshot prize, will also take part with her son Jack Schlossberg, JFK’s only grandson. 

The ambitious, decade-long, global Prize programme aims to discover and scale up solutions to the planet’s biggest environmental challenges.

Among the ideas competing this year are a cleaner-burning stove initiative in Kenya and a bubble barrier made in the Netherlands to prevent plastics entering oceans.

William described the finalists as “innovators, leaders, and visionaries” and said they proved there are “many reasons to be optimistic about the future of our planet”.

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He went on to say: “They are directing their time, energy, and talent towards bold solutions with the power to not only solve our planet’s greatest environmental challenges, but to create healthier, more prosperous, and more sustainable communities for generations to come.”

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Watch T.J Holmes and Amy Robach joke about their ‘great week’ after romance reports

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GMA anchors T.J Holmes and Amy Robach have broken their silence, joking that they have had a “great week” after reports of an affair between the two.

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“You know, it’s too bad it’s Friday. It’s been a great week” said 45-year-old T.J live on air on Friday morning. “I just want this one to keep going and going and going. Just enjoy it! Take it all in.”

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Amy then began laughing and added: “Speak for yourself. I am very excited about the weekend — and I’m sure everyone else is too. We all love our Fridays around here. Some of us do, at least.”

Their public banter about the romance came after the Daily Mail published pictures of Amy and T.J. in upstate New York on a romantic getaway together. 

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In the pictures T.J. could be seen grabbing Amy’s bottom as they removed groceries from the car, and another snapshot showed them holding hands in a vehicle in the city.

Hours after the report broke, both of the anchors removed their personal Instagram pages.

The pair have been co-anchors for years

It has since been claimed that both Amy and T.J split from their respective partners in August and no romance between the pair began until then.

They returned to TV screens on Thursday after the reports surfaced, leaving fans – who thought they may have taken the day off to navigate news of their extra-marital connection – shocked.

Both Amy and T.J are now estranged from their families

Amy had been married to actor Andrew for 12 years. She has two daughters, Annie and Ava, from her former marriage to Tim McIntosh, and she has also been a stepmother to Andrew’s three sons.

T.J tied the knot with his wife, Marilee Fiebig, in 2010 and they have a daughter, Sabine. T.J. is also father to two other children, daughter Brianna, and son Jaiden.



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