They were the subject of lingering romance rumors after fogging up screens in 1978’s ‘Grease’.
But Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta never got physical while filming the musical, and instead shared a 44-year friendship that has remained strictly platonic.
In her 2018 autobiography ‘Don’t Stop Believin’, Newton-John – who died on Monday after a long battle with cancer – revealed the reason she never met her hunky co-star, despite their “attraction undeniable” for each other.
“Yes, we really liked each other and there was an attraction, but we would never date because we were both involved with other people at the time,” the bubbly blonde revealed in the tome.
“We both have a deep loyalty streak,” she added, insisting she would never cheat on a partner.
Still, the pair enjoyed a strong flirtation, with Newton-John recalling his love audition alongside Travolta.
“John came to meet me. Our eyes met. When we walked into the room together it was magical and everyone saw it,” she cooed. “They couldn’t deny that kind of chemistry. “
Their fondness for each other only intensified over the two months of filming, with the Aussie beauty falling in love with her co-star’s cuteness.
Newton-John revealed that Travolta deliberately spoiled a scene so they could reshoot it because he believed she could “do better”.
“He said, ‘Sorry, I screwed up. Liv, I did it on purpose because I don’t want them to use that take. I know you can do better,'” she recalled in her memoir. “I had a lot of love and support from him and the feeling was mutual. I would be eternally grateful for his concern.
Newton-John also wrote about filming the final scene of “Grease,” where her character, Sandy, shows off her sexy makeover in leather pants and a skin-tight tank top.
“There were gasps, hisses and a lot of hisses,” she wrote, before detailing Travolta’s reaction to her eye-catching ensemble.
“John was filming the song ‘Sandy’ and I strutted around the set. He stopped singing mid-note, as his head snapped up and his eyes widened. “Tell me more , tell me more, he cried. We laughed so much. That was exactly the reaction I wanted,” Newton-John wrote wistfully.
Meanwhile, the superstar claimed Travolta told him on set, “Liv, it’s every guy’s dream to have you as a girlfriend.”
In his book, Newton-John wrote that Travolta later told him, “It almost happened between us many times, but it didn’t. Sometimes life just gives you the wrong time. We had to leave him as dear friends.
Indeed, the pair have nurtured a friendship for the ages, frequently appearing on red carpets together and reuniting for “Grease” anniversaries.
In 2018, Travolta told People magazine that the huge success of their movie helped them stay connected.
“When you share that kind of meteoric success — and nothing could top it — you share a connection,” he said. “I lived through it having a child, getting divorced, losing my sister. It went through my marriage, my children. It’s wonderful and full of shared memories.
Following Newton-John’s death on Monday, Travolta became the first A-lister to pay tribute to his beloved friend.
“My dearest Olivia”, he wrote with emotion on Instagram. “You have made all of our lives so much better. Your impact has been incredible. I love you so much.”
“We will see you on the road again and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John.