Newton-John Holds Out Hope for Missing
Olivia Newtown-John choked back tears
Monday morning, as she went on the record for the first
time since her longtime boyfriend, Patrick McDermott,
vanished more than three months ago.
"It's very hard for me to talk about," Newton-John
said on "Good Morning America." "I love
him very much, and as you can imagine, it's an incredibly
hard thing to get through."
Newton-John's emotional interview also proved that the
actress still holds out hope that McDermott, who never
returned from an overnight fishing trip on June 30th,
will be found alive.
"Patrick has a young son," Newton-John said.
"And so we're still, we still hold out hope that
he'll come back. It's a very painful topic, and it's
still under investigation."
The Coast Guard and other authorities continue to investigate
the mysterious circumstances surrounding McDermott's
disappearance, and Newton-John has hired a top-security
expert to search for clues.
But Newton-John says she's ignoring rumors that McDermott
may have faked his own death to avoid ongoing legal
battles with his ex-wife over child support payments.
"It's very much a mystery," Newton-John admitted.
"And speculation has been rife, and I've chosen
not to buy into the speculation. This is such a personal
thing for me and his family, and we've chosen not to
talk about it."
Despite her heartbreak, Newton-John, a breast cancer
survivor, is releasing a new CD, called "Stronger
than Before," in time for Breast Cancer Awareness
Newton-John admitted that she didn't think she would
sing again after McDermott went missing, but she said
she's hoping the CD will inspire other women who are
going through tough times. "I listen to it now,"
she said. "It's good for me also."