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Olivia Newton-John’s Husband John Easterling Recalls Sweet Memory of Her on Late Wife’s Birthday
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Olivia Newton-John’s Husband John Easterling Recalls Sweet Memory of Her on Late Wife’s Birthday

The 'Grease' icon would have turned 74 years old on Monday.

Olivia Newton-John (R) and John Easterling attend the VIP reception for upcoming "Property of Olivia Newton-John Auction Event at Julien’s Auctions on October 29, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

Olivia Newton-John would have turned 74 years old on Monday. The Grease actress passed away on August 8 at the age of 73 following a 30-year battle with breast cancer. Her husband paid honored his beautiful late wife on her first birthday after she passed with a moving, extremely emotional post, reports PEOPLE. John Easterling wrote about an almost chaotic boat journey the couple went on during one of the actress's birthdays in the early days of their relationship. "I remember the first birthday when we were together and I took Olivia on a week-long adventure in the Out Islands of the Bahamas surrounded by a beautiful, peaceful, spectacular turquoise water," wrote the 70-year-old.



 

 

The couple were staying a secluded island house. Since there was very little connectivity they had to travel everywhere by boat. "There are so many islands there [that] you almost always have an island in sight when you're out on your boat," continued Easterling. "It was private, it was wonderful, and we would take the boat to uninhabited islands and beach it and just explore — just the two of us." After a one-day visit to Great Guana Cay, the two faced a storm causing "stinging" rain and "choppy" gray waters. "Olivia got behind me holding tight as I was navigating this 23-foot-runabout with a center consul," the Amazon Herb Company founder wrote. "The only instrument was a magnetic compass." "I had a bearing on Elbow Cay but there was no visibility," recalled Easterling, who then began "wondering if the currents and the wind" led their boat away from the Bahamas and in the direction of Africa. "But, as quickly as the storm started, the winds died down, the rain stopped, the sun poked through and the seas turned back to that beautiful turquoise."