Australian radio presenter Jackie "O" Henderson broke down in tears on The Kyle and Jackie O Show while discussing the death of Olivia Newton-John.
The iconic singer and Grease star died peacefully at the age of 73 at her ranch in Southern California on Monday (August 8), as confirmed by her husband, John Easterling.
Henderson was highly emotional as she reacted to the sad news, telling co-host Kyle Sandilands: “She literally was my idol growing up."
“Every single day I would be in my bedroom and I’d dress up as her and I’d pretend I was her, and I lived for her.”
She continued: “I was watching a video of her – it was only two days ago – and I thought, ‘Jeez it’ll be a sad day when Olivia Newton-John dies’. And here we are. It’s so upsetting. "
Newsreader Brooklyn Ross admitted that he almost teared up while reading the headlines about Newton-John’s passing, as Henderson added, "She’s so beautiful, inside and out." She’s always been a wonderful ambassador for Australia and she does a lot for charity. "
The Australian TV presenter Richard “Dickie” Wilkins, who was a long-time friend of Newton-John, also shared an emotional response to the news.