A close-knit tribe! John Travolta and Kelly Preston have given fans a glimpse into their family’s lives in the years leading up to the actress’s death in July 2020.
The couple became parents when they welcomed their son Jett and daughter Ella in 1992 and 2000 respectively. When their oldest was 16, he died during a family vacation to the Bahamas — and Preston credited her religion for getting through that rough patch.
“To be honest, [it was] the Scientology Center,” the Hawaiian told Health magazine in 2011. “I don’t know if I would have survived without it.”
The Jerry Maguire star spoke more about her “huge loss” the following year, telling Amanda de Cadenet: “No one should lose a child. It’s unfathomable. But I’m here to say you can get through it. You can live again. You may want to live again.”
Preston went on to say: “People were so beautiful – so extraordinary from all over the world. Everyone grieves in their own way. Sometimes I felt like I was drowning. It felt like a sea of wet blankets. And then I peeled just take them off, layer by layer, so that now I can say, “I want to live. I love life. My life is beautiful and wonderful.”
Seven years after Jett’s death, she and the… Fat star welcomed their second son, Benjamin – and Preston has been “so different” since the little one’s arrival in 2010.
“Now I don’t drink anymore,” she told Cadenet in 2012. ‘I don’t smoke anymore. I don’t do drugs anymore. All of these come with a ‘no more’. I used to do everything and a lot of everything. Drinking just made me decide I wasn’t always at my best. There were definitely times when I drank too much. … When I didn’t drink, I felt great, and I woke up great every day.”
The couple, who married in 1991, were “floored” when they heard Preston’s pregnancy news. She gushed, “I had slipped out of bed and then came back and woke Johnny up in bed. We both started to cry. It was amazing.”
Travolta announced “with a heavy heart” in July 2020 that his wife had passed away after two years of secretly battling breast cancer.
From red carpet shots to family photos, keep scrolling to see the late actress and her husband’s best moments with Jett, Ella and Benjamin.