Chloe Lattanzi, daughter of Australian singer and actress Olivia Newton-John, firmly believes that fame can really take its toll on a person.
Although Lattanzi’s stint in the entertainment business is admittedly limited, that doesn’t mean all the attention her famous mom received didn’t have an effect on the girl. While discussing the ins and outs of her troubled life with the folks at the Daily Mail, the Grease star’s daughter opened up about the turmoil she faced over the years.
During her chat with the publication, Chloe Lattanzi said she often felt inadequate when compared to her famous mother. As a result, the 27-year-old found herself on a dangerous path towards self-destruction. In addition to dealing with an eating disorder and substance abuse problems, Lattanzi suffered a severe mental breakdown at the age of 18.
Olivia Newton-John’s daughter said she received her first record deal at the tender age of 15. Unfortunately, this seemed to coincide with an eating disorder. Despite these problems, Chloe Lattanzi said she doesn’t blame her mom for any of it.
“Fame totally messes you up. I don’t blame my mother for my problems, but I would never want to be famous or raise a child of my own around the cult of celebrity. It ruins lives,” she explained to the outlet.
Lattanzi added, “I had anxiety attacks and needed to find a way of feeling in control of something. Food was the one thing I could be in control of.”
Five years later, the singer’s daughter swapped an eating disorder for drugs. This led to Lattanzi mixing alcohol and Xanax, a cocktail that ultimately resulted in a “semi-psychotic breakdown.” Realizing she had a serious problem, the teenager found herself in rehab.
Through it all, Chloe Lattanzi said Olivia Newton-John was by her side.
“Despite how painful the circumstances were, I felt so lucky to have someone like my mum with me to lean on and cry with,” she explained during her recent interview.
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it is that you can’t be fragile in this business, or else you end up like Lindsay Lohan. That’s not meant as an insult: I know she — and a lot of celebrities and celebrities’ kids — are struggling with demons and addictions, just like me, and not all of them are brave enough to address them. It’s disturbing that everyone wants to be famous these days. Our culture is sick.”
Do you agree with Chloe Lattanzi that fame can really mess a person up?