In 1995, angel-voiced legend and former aspiring casual wear mogul (RIP Koala Blue, never forget) Olivia Newton-John met a cameraman named Patrick McDermott. They dated off and on for almost ten years until Patrick disappeared during a fishing trip in California. Nobody really knows what happened except that Patrick was alone, it was nighttime, that he probably fell off his boat, and that he was most likely lost at sea. It was very weird.
Recently, a new layer of weird was added to the situation after a couple people claimed to have spotted Patrick – the real Patrick, not a merman version or ghost version of Patrick – being very much alive in Mexico. In fact, you don’t have to look very far to find people who believe that Patrick pulled a solo Double Jeopardy on his boat that night in an attempt to dodge some major money troubles. Olivia Newton-John must not know about those rumors….
Olivia recently spoke to Australia’s 60 Minutes (via News.com.au) about Patrick. Olivia hasn’t really ever said much about Patrick’s disappearance more than 10 years ago, but here’s where she’s at now. Olivia still doesn’t know what happened that night, but she does “wonder” if he’s still alive.
— 60 Minutes Australia (@60Mins) September 25, 2016
“It was very hard. He was lost at sea, and nobody really knows what happened. Of course, it’s human to wonder, but you know…those are the things in life you have to accept and let go. Whenever you go through difficult times, there’s always those concerns. But I live on. And of course questions come up, always. That’s human.”
Olivia may still be wondering what happened to Castaway Patrick, but she has definitely moved on from it. Three years after Patrick went missing, Olivia got married to herb hustler John “Amazon John” Easterling. Not that I blame her for accepting that the ocean had taken her man. The ocean is scary. I dropped a pair of sunglasses while on a boat in Florida, and I was like “No, leave them, they’re Neptune’s now.” The last thing I wanted was to put my hand into the water and grab one of those jellyfishes that look like breast implants, or worse, what looks like a jellyfish but is actually a condom. It was Panama City beach, after all.
If Patrick is actually alive in Mexico, then he better cross his fingers that Olivia Newton-John never books a vacation there. The last time she had a surprise reunion with an old flame, it ended with her throwing her pom-poms at him.
I bet she’s going to throw a whole lot more than pom-poms if she ever runs into Patrick.