Kelly Preston passed away tragically on July 12, 2020, after a two-year-long battle with breast cancer. Preston's death left John Travolta, her husband, shattered. The couple had been together for decades, first meeting at a screen test for the 1989 film The Experts.
John Travolta and Kelly Preston are one of Hollywood’s most enduring couples. The two met in 1987 while filming The Experts and they were married in 1991. They have three children together: Jett, Ella, and Benjamin.
The family has long been active in charitable causes, particularly those related to autism and cancer research. In 2018, they founded the Jett Travolta Foundation in honor of their late son. The foundation provides financial assistance to families with autistic children.
Tragedy struck the family in 2009 when their oldest son, Jett, passed away at age 16 from a seizure. Despite this tragedy, the family has remained strong and supportive of one another. In 2010, they welcomed their third child, Benjamin.
Even though Preston was married to actor Kevin Gage at the time, Travolta felt love at first sight. In response to whether it was love at first sight for her too on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, she replied, “Sort of. I wasn't very content in my marriage, to be frank.”
Kelly Preston married her SpaceCamp co-star Gage in 1985, but the two split after only two years of marriage. Afterward, Preston lived with George Clooney until they separated in 1989, and subsequently actor Charlie Sheen engaged Kelly Preston with a 25-carat diamond ring until 1990.
In 1991, Travolta went to Switzerland with Preston where Travolta proposed on New Year's Eve backed with a six-carat diamond ring. Travolta bent one knee at the Palace Hotel in Gstaad, Switzerland, and proposed to Kelly with a six-carat yellow-and-white diamond ring.
The actress told ET immediately after her engagement that she can't wait to have children. “We're trying now,” she said. “We might be barefoot and pregnant for the next 10 years.”
The fact that their off-screen lives were mostly kept secret, likely out of a desire for solitude, only made people more curious. And the small details they did expose usually raised more questions than they answered. But the unbreakable nature of their love for one another was never in doubt. Here are some weird things about John Travolta and Kelly Preston's marriage that deserve a closer look.
Travolta and Preston appear to be enjoying married life at the opening of the Church of Scientology Museum in L.A. in 1991. Travolta has been a member of the Church of Scientology since 1975.
There have been reports that John Travolta and Kelly Preston will go to any length to protect their privacy and avoid being scrutinized by the press. If and when the Pulp Fiction star makes an unexpected public appearance, you will know that he will be anything but a conventional cameo.
According to HuffPost, Travolta compared his household to the Addams Family or the Munsters in 2008, saying, “We live a somewhat strange, nocturnal existence.” He said the only drawback was that his children slept late and his wife went to bed at 3 a.m. while he went to bed at 7 a.m.”
It is a huge relief to know that Walmart and Denny's, two of Preston's favourite restaurants, are open all night. Can we learn anything from this experience? The next time you go shopping for dish soap or having a Moons Over My Hammy, don't be surprised to run into a Hollywood starlet.
Travolta and Preston welcomed their second child, a daughter named Ella Bleu, on April 3, 2000. Their only daughter, an actress, teamed up with her famous father and Morgan Freeman in the 2019 film The Poison Rose to become one of the most famous families in Hollywood.
Preston still can not believe how amazing her daughter ELLA Travolta is and how well she is at acting. She posted on Instagram, “I just re-watched all of her interviews this past week while doing press for #thepoisonrose, and she has jumped into the ‘family business' as a natural. ‘Still in absolute awe of my stunning daughter @ella.travolta.' ‘
‘I am still in awe of my beautiful daughter, @ella.travolta, ‘ Preston said in her Instagram post. ‘She has jumped into ‘the family business' as an absolute natural, thanks to her recent press junkets for #thepoisonrose.'
According to Closer Weekly, the couple's relationship lasted for nearly 30 years and was characterized by contentment. In 2017, Travolta divulged the key to their relationship longevity. We ‘protect each other and keep our relationship fresh,' he said. ‘We care for each other deeply and protect each other.'
Despite the fact that they have had many good and bad times together, Travolta and his wife have been madly in love for 28 years. On September 5, 2019, the couple commemorated their 28th wedding anniversary by posting sweet Instagram tributes to each other.
Despite their hectic careers and childrearing, Travolta and Preston always prioritized one another's company on birthdays, throughout their marriage.
Preston stood proudly by Travolta's side at the Golden Globes in 1996, when he won an award for his performance in Get Shorty. She smiled at him as he gave his acceptance speech from the audience.
Preston dedicated her post to her spouse to commemorate their first wedding anniversary. She described him as the finest man she had ever met, one who had given her hope when she had felt lost, loved her patiently and unconditionally, made her laugh harder than any other human being could, and experienced both wonderful highs and difficult moments with her.
On June 21, prior to her demise, Preston posted a loving family picture with Travolta and their children to Instagram, wishing Travolta a Happy Father's Day. Travolta replied, “I love you all so much!”
Travolta posted a message on Instagram on July 12, 2020, to announce that his wife of 28 years had died after a long fight with breast cancer. The actor expressed his condolences and honoured her memory.
Travolta honoured his late spouse Preston's 58th birthday on Oct. 13, 2020, three months after she passed away. Travolta's mother and father are pictured in a throwback photo on their wedding day. Travolta's mother and father are seen on their wedding day alongside his and Preston's pictures. He dedicated the post to his late spouse, John Travolta's mother and father on their wedding day, adding, “It was nice to see ours alongside theirs. All my love, John.”
Kelly Preston is survived by her husband John Travolta and her children Ella, 20, and Benjamin, 9.
John Travolta is remembering his late wife Kelly Preston on her birthday.
The actor, 68, celebrated his late wife with an Instagram post that paid a birthday tribute to his late love, with whom he shares children Benjamin, 11, Ella, 22, and late son Jett.
Sharing a photo featuring Him and Preston, he wrote “Happy birthday to my favorite dance partner! We love you and miss you Kelly”.