For Olivia Newton-John’s daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, the pressure of growing up the only child of her famous mom with the “perfect” girl-next-door image was often unbearable, she reveals in a candid interview.
Facing such pressure, Lattanzi developed an eating disorder, which later led to addictions to drugs and alcohol. Now 27, and out of rehab, she spoke to the U.K.’s Daily Mail about her struggles and the dangers of celebrity culture.
“Fame totally messes you up,” Lattanzi, the daughter of Newton-John’s first husband, actor-dancer Matt Lattanzi, told the paper. “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.”
“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,” she added. “It’s disturbing that everyone wants to be famous these days. Our culture is sick.”
Lattanzi at first tried to follow in her mother’s footsteps, performing with the “Grease” star when she was 8. By 15, she had earned her own record deal and dropped out of school to pursue music.
But she said her anxiety over being in the public eye lead to her anorexia.
“My eating disorder started when I was 15 and carried on until my early 20s. 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,” Lattanzi told the Daily Mail.
When Newton-John finally recognized her daughter had a problem, she sent her to a treatment center at age 18.
“Looking back, I think now that I subconsciously sabotaged my record deal because I couldn’t cope with the price of fame,” she said. “I was fragile emotionally.”
Lattanzi said she recovered from her eating disorder but still struggled with her emotions and began drinking and taking drugs to cope. She said she spent $100 a day on cocaine and would down a bottle of vodka daily to “self-medicate.”
“I would be out partying every night at different Hollywood clubs, running into other young celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton, and just partying the night away,” she told the paper.
Eventually, years of abusing drugs and alcohol led to what she said was a semi-psychotic meltdown last September. Fortunately, her mother was there at the time and recognized that her daughter needed help.
After seven months in rehab, Lattanzi said she is finally in recovery and her relationship with her 65-year-old mom is in a “great place.”
“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 said.