The Grease actor has been widowed since July 2020. His wife, Kelly Preston, died of breast cancer. (Santa Monica, January 4, 2020.)
On the Hart to Heart show, the American actor spoke about how he had handled his youngest son’s fear of death. A memory that he was able to approach with impressive composure.
This time, he will not have dazzled by his sway but he will have touched by his words. John Travolta was the guest of the US show Hart to Heart, hosted by Kevin Heart, on August 20. On the occasion, the legendary actor from Saturday Night Fever opened up about a sad conversation with his youngest son Ben. Father and son broached the difficult subject of death shortly after the death of Kelly Preston, Travolta’s wife, in July 2020.
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The Grease actor said that shortly after his wife’s death, Ben, the youngest of the family at the time of 10 years, reportedly told him: “Since mum is dead, I’m afraid you will die too.” “These are very different things,” Travolta remembers answering him, before “reviewing the differences between my longevity and her limited life (from Kelly editor’s note)”. Taking the part of ‘telling the truth about life’, the actor then reportedly explained to his son, “No one knows when he’s going to leave or when he’s going to stay. Your brother (Jett, who died in 2009 editor’s note) left at 16. Too young. Your mother left when she was 57. It was too young. But who can tell? I could die tomorrow. You could die. Anyone can die. So let’s look at it like it’s part of life. We don’t know exactly. We just do our best to try to live as long as possible. ”
John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston at the 47th Cannes Film Festival. That year, the film Pulp Fiction (1994) received the Palme d’Or. (Cannes, 1994.)
Kelly Preston and John Travolta were in attendance for the Inaugural Screen Actors Guild Awards Show. The actor was nominated for his outstanding role in Pulp Fiction (1994). (Los Angeles, February 25, 1995.)
Kelly Preston and John Travolta were in attendance for the premiere of Band of Savages (2007). John Travolta holds one of the main roles. (Los Angeles, February 27, 2007.)
Kelly Preston died of breast cancer at the age of 57. She and John Travolta had been married for 28 years. Together, they had three children. Their first child, Jett, born in 1992, died at the age of 16. He had Kawasaki syndrome. Their daughter, Ella Bleu, was born in 2000 and their last son Benjamin, in 2010. Impressive in countenance, the actor spoke of these painful moments without showing his emotion.