"I flipped out when I heard it. My heart stopped when I heard the lyrics: 'I love you… I honestly love you.' It was so simple, with a meaning that was deeper than the ocean. Those words made me stop and think because they touched me. I could certainly relate, and I knew that everyone would be able to make those words fit their own personal story of love and perhaps even loss. Just putting the word 'honestly' into the mix made it even more poignant. No lies. No denying it. I honestly love you." - Olivia Newton-John
"We wrote the song and made a demo and someone at the publishing office was going to see Olivia Newton-John with new material... and she loved it. She was the one who loved that song and wanted to record it. We decided to let her cut it instead of Peter Allen. And no one else thought it was going to be a single. The label didn't want to put it out but radio demanded it." - Jeff Barry (songwriter)
"I sang it from my heart. I'm not a power singer but more of an interpretive one. Part of that song sounds like it's almost a whisper, which seemed right because it was about the most tender and sensitive emotions in life." - Olivia Newton-John
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