Olivia Newton-John in flashback photo with Daryl Braithwaite

What are the chances that two of Australia’s biggest music stars went to the same primary school together?

A school photo of the late Olivia Newton-John next to it horses hitmaker Daryl Braithwaite has come forward and discovered the little-known fact that the duo went to school together.

Braithwaite, 73, shared the black and white class photo taken at Melbourne’s Christ Church Grammar School in 1961 – some 15 years before Newton-John became a global superstar on Fat.

“This is a beautiful photo to look back at when Olivia was in (school) with all her friends in 1961. Olivia is 2nd from the right and 3rd row from bottom,” Braithwaite wrote.

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He added: “She also loved all animals and was a beautiful soul who left a legacy that will last forever.”

Braithwaite has previously shared how the duo were “boyfriend and girlfriend” for a short time while attending school, before Newton-John moved to London in her teens.

“She was one of the prettiest girls in the class, (we were) 11 or 12 I think,” he said The morning show in 2017.

“I don’t know how, we must have sat next to each other and thought, ‘Oh yeah, that’s good’ and we were talking and then we held hands and then it was over.”

He further opened up about the couple being school sweethearts in an interview with Now to lovein 2020.

“Olivia won’t mind if I say we started out as boyfriend and girlfriend when we were about 12 or 13,” he said.

“We held hands and we were in the same class. But then everything fell apart. I think she left and went to England. I actually never knew she could sing at that moment.”

At the time, Braithwaite said the old friends were still in touch all these years later.

“It’s one of those friendships where there was a decade, or maybe more, where we didn’t speak to each other mainly because we were too busy or whatever, but in the last year or so I’ve connected with her more than ever before, and she’s sweet, she really is,” he said.

Newton-John died Tuesday at her California ranch at age 73, after a decades-long battle with breast cancer.

She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. It went into remission, but reappeared in 2013 and then again in 2017. At one point, she said she was in partial “denial” about the disease because if she had too many thought about it, it would mean she wouldn’t “enjoy life.”

Her family, including husband John Easterling and daughter Chloe Lattanzi, have accepted Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews’ offer of a state funeral to honor her legacy and celebrate her life.

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