Vanessa Amorosi breaks down remembering Olivia Newton-John during live Sunrise interview


Australian singer Vanessa Amorosi has broken down while speaking to Natalie Barr and David Koch about the death of beloved entertainer Olivia Newton-John.

Amorosi was in Birmingham, having just performed for an international audience at the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony when she learned of the devastating news.

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“I just literally had one of the highest endorphins that just happened out there, to being extremely sad by coming offstage and checking my phone,” Amorosi said on Sunrise.

Vanessa Amorosi performs at the Birmingham 2022 Closing Ceremony, just before learning of Olivia Newton-John’s death. Credit: DARREN ENGLAND/AAP
Amorosi said she went from the high of performing to an international audience to the low of learning of Newton-John’s passing. Credit: Alastair Grant/AP

The singer was part of the Sydney 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony alongside Newton-John and Tina Arena.

Olivia Newton-John, Vanessa Amorosi and Tina Arena share a joke at a press conference to announce the performers at the opening ceremony for Sydney 2000 in Melbourne. Credit: Darrin Braybrook/Getty Images/File

“Both of these women are women I’ve looked up to since (I) was a kid.”

“I’m actually very sad about Olivia, to be honest.”

Vanessa Amorosi speaks to Natalie Barr and David Koch on Sunrise. Credit: Sunrise

Seeing that Amorosi was unable to continue with the interview, hosts Barr and Koch ended the interview by saying they felt for the singer.

Sydney 2000

Amorosi was still new on the music scene when the then 19-year-old was selected to perform the song Heroes Live Forever at the Sydney 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Vanessa Amorosi performs at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Credit: DAVE HUNT/AAP

Newton-John also performed at the event, singing Dare To Dream with her friend John Farnham before an estimated worldwide audience of 3.7 billion people.

John Williamson, Julie Anthony, John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John, Vanessa Amorosi and Tina Arena celebrate the launch of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Credit: JULIAN SMITH/AAPIMAGE/FILE

Amorosi went on to perform at several fundraisers for Newton-John’s charities in the years since.

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