1. Darkness Behind The Light
John Travolta has been no stranger to movie fans since the early '70s. Though he's long been in the spotlight, the A-lister has endured many personal tragedies. After the recent devastating loss of his beloved wife, Kelly Preston, the actor has been keeping a low profile. Recently he opened up about his only daughter and it touched the fans' hearts.
2. The Tragic Loss
It has been a tough grieving process for the whole family since Preston lost her battle against breast cancer this July. After her passing, her family shared the sad news with the world and posted tributes on Instagram. And their daughter, Ella, paid a particularly heartbreaking tribute.
3. Hugely Touching Words
As you can imagine, Ella's tribute to her mother was particularly touching. The letter read, "I have never met anyone as courageous, strong, beautiful and loving as you. Anyone who is lucky enough to have known you or to have ever been in your presence will agree that you have a glow and a light that never ceases to shine and that makes anyone around you feel instantly happy."
4. Beyond 'Thank You'
Ella's message ended with an expression of her sincere gratitude for her mother, saying "Thank you for your love, thank you for your help and thank you for making this world a better place. You have made life so beautiful, and I know you will continue to do so always. I love you so much, mama." Whoever reads it instantly gets a picture of her deep feelings for her mother.
5. The Husband's Statement
Meanwhile, Travolta released his announcement which read "It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife, Kelly, has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer. She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many." He then praised Preston's medical care workers and concluded the statement with his thanks for their fans' outpouring of love.
6. Heartbroken Memories
Tragically, Preston isn't the only woman who has died from breast cancer in Travolta's life. During the shooting of the 1976 movie The Boy In The Plastic Bubble, the star began dating his co-star Diana Hyland. The pair had been happy despite their almost 20-year age gap. However, before too long, Hyland was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in the same year. Travolta was reported to have been devastated by her death.
7. Lows Of The Career
Travolta went into hiding after Hyland's passing. And in the following years, the star suffered a double whammy when his career ended up in the doldrums. But the tide seemed to turn in 1989 when he starred in the hit comedy Look Who's Talking. His personal life was also brightening up, as he met his future wife Kelly Preston that same year.
8. A Bumpy Start Of The Marriage
Travolta and Preston met each other on the set of The Experts, and the two got hitched after two years together. However, their marriage seemed to get off to a bumpy start, as their wedding was performed in Paris by a Scientology minister and was deemed invalid. So they had to hold their second wedding a week later.
9. Preston's Trials And Tribulations
Life for Preston was not all roses, either. Before she met Travolta, she had been married to her then-husband, Kevin Gage. But they got divorced in 1987. Shortly afterward, she became engaged to Hollywood bad boy Charlie Sheen, until she somehow suffered a gunshot wound from Sheen's firearm.
10. Stood The Test Of Time
Preston and Travolta were wed for almost 30 years and had three children together during their long union. The couple welcomed their first son, Jett, a year after their wedding, followed by their daughter Ella in 2000 and Benjamin in 2010.
11. A Death Blow
Unfortunately Jett was diagnosed with a rare disease known as Kawasaki disease, which can lead to inflammation of blood vessels and can cause death in some extreme cases. Even worse, the young boy also suffered from seizures and autism, making his health condition even more complicated.
12. Embrace The Outdoor Life
To encourage Jett to embrace the outdoor life, the couple often arranged family trips abroad. Travolta even flew the plane himself to ensure the safety of his beloved wife and kids. No matter how careful they were, it seemed that there was always a tragedy just around the corner.
13. A Tremendous Loss
While the Travoltas were enjoying their vacation in the Bahamas to celebrate New Year in 2009, the family suffered a deadly tragedy. Jett fell and hit his head on the edge of a bath after a seizure. As a result, he later passed away, leaving his family completely devastated.
14. The Following Legal Case
However, after his son's death, Travolta was unexpectedly involved in a high-profile legal case after alleging that he had been a victim of extortion. It was reported that two men that arrived to help the actor's son demanded a whopping $25 million from the star.
15. Heal A Little
The charges were later dropped, but it was not much comfort for the family. Life wasn't renewed with hope until Benjamin's arrival a year later. For the family, having little Benjamin helped them to rebond.
16. Turn To Religion
Travolta gave credit to his religion for helping him recover from losing his son. He once claimed he would forever be grateful to Scientology for supporting him for two years solid. But some argued that the religion actually prevented Jett from receiving the proper treatment, as the church had failed to recognize some of the medical issues that Jett had suffered from.
17. The Heartwarming Revelation
Given Travolta's loss, it went without saying that he would be so protective of his other two children. Recently, the Grease star has spoken a little about his family, and he made a heartwarming revelation about his daughter.
18. Be Proud
The doting dad gushed about Ella Bleu at the 2017 SAG Awards, saying that he would love to see her follow suit and become a successful performer. Unsurprisingly, the young lady has indeed inherited her dad's stellar acting talent and made a good start to her career with her dad alongside in Old Dogs and in the 2009 thriller Eye For An Eye.
19. Stay Together
For now, Travolta seems happy being a protective father. Having gone through all that heartbreak, the actor at one point didn't even want his children to step out of the house. We hope that in the near future, Ella will get her moment in the sun and that their wounded hearts will heal.