“Happy birthday Kelly,” the Grease star wrote. “We miss you and love you very much.”
Travolta and Preston married in 1991, after assembly on the set of the 1989 film The Experts, during which they co-starred. They shared three kids, together with their actress daughter Ella, now 21, and two sons, 10-year-old Benjamin and Jett, who died at 16 in January 2009, following a seizure.
Preston died of metastatic breast most cancers in July 2020, and the aftermath was understandably troublesome for Travolta.
He revealed in an August interview with Peacock’s Hart to Heart how his son reacted to Preston’s demise — and the way he talked him by means of it.
Travolta stated he identified Preston’s sickness first. Then he stated, “But you know, Ben — you always love the truth and I’m going to tell you the truth about life. Nobody knows when they’re gonna go or when they’re going to stay. Your brother [Jett] left at 16. Too young. Your mother left at 57. That was too young. But who’s to say? I could die tomorrow. You could. Anybody can. So let’s look at it like it’s part of life. You don’t know exactly. You just do your best at trying to live the longest you can.’”
He’s additionally spoken about how he himself handled the fallout of his newest loss.
“I learned that mourning someone, dealing with grief is something very personal,” Travolta advised Esquire Spain in April. “Mourning is individual and experiencing your own journey is what can lead you to heal. Your grief is different from another person’s journey.”
He’s stated that he is centered on supporting his kids, with whom he maintains a detailed relationship.
“First of all, I’m going to ensure the future of my children, help them with whatever they want to do with their lives,” he advised the journal. “It’s what I’m doing with Ella right now, with her movies and teaching her about working in the industry. Ben is barely 10 years old. I want to help him evolve, he has his whole life ahead of him.”
In truth, Ella despatched her dad some love on social media simply this week for Father-Daughter Day. She referred to as him her “hero” and “best friend.” She added, “I love you so much Daddy.”