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Olivia Newton-John Reveals She Hired Private Investigators To Find Missing Ex In New Tell-All

Feb. 25 2019, Updated 11:35 a.m. ET

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Olivia Newton-John was so “incredibly worried” after her ex-boyfriend Patrick McDermott’s mysterious disappearance in 2005, she hired her own investigators to track him down, the star reveals in her new memoir obtained by RadarOnline.com.

Though the U.S. Coast Guard concluded John’s on-off boyfriend McDermott had “most likely” drowned on a fishing trip off the coast of California in June 2005, the devastated singer says she called security expert Gavin de Becker for help in finding more concrete answers.

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“We decided to send a couple of his private investigators to Mexico to certain places Patrick had talked about,” John writes in Don’t Stop Believin’, out now in her native Australia. “I asked Gavin if I should get on TV and do a public plea, but he advised against it.”

The investigators placed missing person posters all over Mexico, but “nobody had seen him,” she claims.

John, now 70, also says she believed McDermott could have escaped to his native Korea, though they didn’t develop any leads on the theory.

The National ENQUIRER reported in 2016 — 11 years after his disappearance — that McDermott had faked his death to avoid financial problems, and was working on luxury yachts in Mexico.

If still alive, McDermott would be 61 years old. 

John calls reports her former lover is still alive “strange” — but admits “the truth is, I’ll never really know what happened.”

She claims the one positive that came from the situation is she grew close to McDermott’s ex-wife, Yvette, and his son, Chance.

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“Yvette believes that Patrick would never have left his boy,” John writes. “I agree.”

“I lived in pain for so long over this, but I had to teach myself to live in the now, which is an important life lesson.”

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