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Olivia Newton-John Admits She Had No Idea Her ’80s Hit Physically Had A DIFFERENT Meaning — As The Song Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary










Olivia Newton-John has finally addressed the vulgar meaning behind her 1981 hit, Physical.

In an interview with Fox News on Thursday prior to the song’s 40th anniversary, the 73-year-old entertainer revealed that she didn’t realize until later that it wasn’t about the importance of staying active.

“I remember listening and thinking it was a great song, and not really tuning in to what it was about,” she said.

Verdict: Olivia Newton-John finally got the raunchy meaning behind her 1981 hit, Physical

Olivia revealed that only after she recorded it made the connection, adding, “Then I started to panic.”

‘I did not do it intentionally. It was just the song that attracted me and the album. But I feel very lucky to have had the chance to record it,” she added.

Physical is arguably Olivia’s biggest hit, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 weeks in the early ’80s.

Mix up: In an interview with Fox News on Thursday prior to the song's 40th anniversary, the 73-year-old entertainer revealed that she only realized later that it wasn't about the importance of staying active.  Pictured on stage in New Jersey in April 2017

Mix up: In an interview with Fox News on Thursday prior to the song’s 40th anniversary, the 73-year-old entertainer revealed that she only realized later that it wasn’t about the importance of staying active. Pictured on stage in New Jersey in April 2017

She said she has no regrets about the song and embraced everything that came with her controversial hit single.

Some of that controversy was banned by several radio stations in the US state of Utah, which is known for its very conservative Mormon community, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The song’s bold lyrics — “There’s nothing left to talk about unless it’s horizontal” — proved too much for Utah residents.

“I remember listening and thinking it was a great song, and not really tuning in to what it was about,” she said. Shown in the song’s music video

She previously told The Australian Women’s Weekly: “I was banned from Utah, which was very exciting. You didn’t make it until you’re banned, right?’

Physical won the coveted number one spot on the Billboard charts in November 1981 and stayed there for 10 weeks.

The iconic music video was a defining moment in 1980s fitness culture, winning her a 1983 Grammy Award for Video of the Year.

'I did not do it intentionally.  It was just the song that attracted me and the album.  But I feel very lucky to have had the chance to record it,

‘I did not do it intentionally. It was just the song that attracted me and the album. But I feel very lucky to have had the chance to record it,” she added. Pictured at the Fire Fight benefit concert in Sydney in February 2020

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