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Olivia Newton-John’s ‘missing’ ex creepy moment shown at ARIA Awards

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Olivia Newton-John’s long-time partner, Patrick McDermott, disappeared in 2005 during an ill-fated fishing trip.

And fans were reminded of the incident at the 2022 ARIA Awards on Thursday during a tribute to the late Physical singer.

During a montage of Olivia’s life and career, Patrick was briefly shown with Olivia’s daughter Chloe Lattanzi at the 2002 ARIAs.

Olivia Newton-John's long-time partner, Patrick McDermott, disappeared in 2005 during an ill-fated fishing trip, but turned up briefly during a tribute to the late singer at the ARIA Awards on Thursday night.  Patrick and Olivia photographed in 2005

Olivia Newton-John’s long-time partner, Patrick McDermott, disappeared in 2005 during an ill-fated fishing trip, but turned up briefly during a tribute to the late singer at the ARIA Awards on Thursday night. Patrick and Olivia photographed in 2005

In the stills, Patrick and Chloe give Olivia a standing ovation as she is inducted into the hall of fame.

The 48-year-old Korean-American videographer, who dated the late Australian singer for nine years, was last seen alive in June 2005 when he went out overnight fishing off the Los Angeles coast with 22 other people.

Interest in the case has grown since Newton-John died of cancer in August, and investigators have now uncovered new evidence that sheds light on the mystery.

During a montage of Olivia's life and career, Patrick was briefly shown with Olivia's daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, at the ARIAs in 2002. Pictured

During a montage of Olivia's life and career, Patrick was briefly shown with Olivia's daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, at the ARIAs in 2002. Pictured

During a montage of Olivia’s life and career, Patrick was briefly shown with Olivia’s daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, at the ARIAs in 2002. Pictured

The Spotify Crime Podcast Cases Presents: Pseudocide investigates the widely held theory that McDermott faked his own death.

The six-part series features previously unheard interviews and addresses the facts and speculation that followed the incident years later.

After McDermott disappeared on June 30, 2005, media reports suggested that he was in considerable debt.

He had filed for bankruptcy with more than $30,000 owed.

Interest in the case has grown since Newton-John died of cancer in August, and investigators have now uncovered new evidence that sheds light on the mystery.  Pictured in Los Angeles in 2001

Interest in the case has grown since Newton-John died of cancer in August, and investigators have now uncovered new evidence that sheds light on the mystery.  Pictured in Los Angeles in 2001

Interest in the case has grown since Newton-John died of cancer in August, and investigators have now uncovered new evidence that sheds light on the mystery. Pictured in Los Angeles in 2001

Private investigator Philip Klein suggested that McDermott’s bankruptcy was an important part of the mystery.

He also said that McDermott, who was born in Seoul and adopted by an American family at the age of two, hated the “Hollywood lifestyle” during his relationship with Newton-John and particularly disliked red carpets.

“Hollywood is a place of money, but it’s also a place of very poor people who are trying to get by,” Klein said. “And he just never could make it.”

In another explosive revelation, Klein claimed that McDermott had left Newton-John a “heartfelt note” and a bouquet of roses shortly before he disappeared.

The note was given to Klein when he was investigating McDermott’s disappearance for the American news program Dateline.

“The note told her that he had always loved her, always will,” Klein said. “But they had been having a lot of problems.”

He added: “Patrick was backing out of the relationship because he didn’t like Hollywood, he didn’t like what he was doing.”

After McDermott disappeared on June 30, 2005, media reports suggested that he was in considerable debt.  She disappeared at sea during an overnight fishing trip on the 'Freedom' boat.

After McDermott disappeared on June 30, 2005, media reports suggested that he was in considerable debt.  She disappeared at sea during an overnight fishing trip on the 'Freedom' boat.

After McDermott disappeared on June 30, 2005, media reports suggested that he was in considerable debt. She disappeared at sea during an overnight fishing trip on the ‘Freedom’ boat.

According to an unproven theory, McDermott is hiding out in Mexico, running from crushing debt and living on a yacht off the coast of Sayulita.

According to an unproven theory, McDermott is hiding out in Mexico, running from crushing debt and living on a yacht off the coast of Sayulita.

According to an unproven theory, McDermott is hiding out in Mexico, running from crushing debt and living on a yacht off the coast of Sayulita.

The letter could be interpreted as McDermott’s ‘final farewell’ to Newton-John, and perhaps suggests that he knew something bad was about to happen.

Many questions still surround McDermott’s disappearance, with wild theories that he may have faked his own death for a new life in Mexico to avoid paying taxes.

He disappeared while aboard the fishing boat ‘Freedom’, and his absence was not noticed until the boat returned to the mainland. She was 48 years old at the time.

“I don’t think I’m ever really at peace with it,” Newton-John admitted to Women’s Weekly magazine in 2009.

“I think there will always be a question mark.”

“He was lost at sea and nobody really knows what happened,” Newton-John told 60 Minutes in 2016.

The Grease star began an on-off nine-year romance with McDermott following her 1995 divorce from her first husband, Matt Lattanzi.

Newton-John was on a promotional tour in Australia when McDermott went missing.

The crew of his fishing boat had found his car keys, passport and wallet on board the boat and his car was found parked at the San Pedro marina in Los Angeles.

But no one realized he was missing until he failed to show up at a family event on July 6, and the police were finally called on July 11.

Newton-John died on August 8 at age 73 after a long battle with cancer.  In the photo, Olivia and her husband, John Easterling.

Newton-John died on August 8 at age 73 after a long battle with cancer.  In the photo, Olivia and her husband, John Easterling.

Newton-John died on August 8 at age 73 after a long battle with cancer. In the photo, Olivia and her husband, John Easterling.

However, by then, the trail had gone cold, and investigators found nothing.

Before dating Newton-John, McDermott had been married and the father of one child, and was ordered by the court to pay $8,000 in retroactive child support.

A Coast Guard investigation admitted at the time that they “did not find any evidence of criminal action, suicide, accident, or deceit in McDermott’s disappearance.”

A three-year investigation into the fishing boat ‘Freedom’ found that it did not conduct any headcount on the day of the voyage, causing McDermott’s disappearance to go unnoticed.

Both investigations concluded that McDermott was likely lost at sea overnight and likely drowned. He has been presumed dead ever since.

WHAT HAPPENED TO OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN’S LOST LOVER?

Theories have raged for nearly two decades about the fate of Olivia Newton-John’s on-off lover, 48-year-old film cameraman Patrick McDermott.

He disappeared on a 22-hour overnight fishing trip on the ‘Freedom’ boat from the San Pedro Marina in Los Angeles on June 30, 2005.

The ship’s crew found his car keys, wallet and passport on board after all the other passengers disembarked the next day, and his car was found parked nearby.

The team hadn’t done a count, so no one realized he was missing for another week when he didn’t show up for a family event, and police alerted nearly a week later.

There has been speculation ever since about what happened to him, and investigators have been unable to find any evidence of a crime, suicide, hoax, or accident on the fishing trip.

Authorities believe he simply fell overboard and drowned, but conspiracy theorists insist he may have had another ship lined up to meet him on the high seas.

Others believe that he may have left his belongings on the ship before he slipped, possibly even before it left port, without realizing it.

Private detectives set up a FindPatrickMcDermott.com website to try to nab the missing American into ratting himself out, identifying the location of everyone who accessed the site.

Olivia Newton-John kept in touch with McDermott's ex-wife, Yvette Nipar (pictured)

Olivia Newton-John kept in touch with McDermott's ex-wife, Yvette Nipar (pictured)

Olivia Newton-John kept in touch with McDermott’s ex-wife, Yvette Nipar (pictured)

A burst of web traffic from the Sayulita area on Mexico’s west coast prompted an unsuccessful search for him there.

Others say they saw him living on a yacht off the coast of Acapulco, 1,000 kilometers further south.

An investigator claimed to have found and talked to him in 2009, claiming he just wanted to be left alone, but the claim was unsubstantiated.

Another claimed to have categorical proof that he was alive and was about to reveal it, but never did.

Over the years there have been at least 20 sightings of him in Mexico and Central America, but many have turned out to be false.

A set of photographs of a supposedly distinctive-looking McDermott couple, who were half-Korean and adopted at the age of two, turned out to be a Canadian couple.

His ex-wife Yvette Nipar, the mother of his son Chance, begged for the speculation to end for her son’s sake.

He pleaded with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to block the publication of a book by private detective Philip Klein about his ex’s disappearance.

“My son has been through enough emotional torment over this,” Nipar wrote, calling Klein a “serial liar.”

‘You still have to be able to move on due to Mr. Klein’s continued effort to keep it in public view. Rest in peace.