John Travolta Opens Up About His Son’s DeathBy: Lindsay McCane - February 18, 2014
If you remember, John Travolta’s 16-year-old son Jett Travolta passed away in 2009 after suffering from a seizure. Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston later confirmed that Jett had a history of seizures, along with being autistic.
During a recent interview with BBC News, Travolta opened up about the lowest point of his life, and what it took to get him to the point he is at today. At the time of Jett’s death, Travolta described the pain of losing his son as “the worst thing that’s ever happened in my life.”
“The truth is, I didn’t know if I was going to make it,” he admitted, during an interview at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London. “Life was no longer interesting to me, so it took a lot to get me better.”
Travolta gives most of the credit for his recovery to the Church of Scientology. He explained that without the church, he didn’t think he would be able to get through the death of his eldest child. Travolta, now 59-years-old, has been a follower of the Church of Scientology since the early 70s, and says they have helped him through every tragedy he has been forced to deal with, including the death of Jett.
“I will forever be grateful to Scientology for supporting me for two years solid, I mean Monday through Sunday,” Travolta explained. “They didn’t take a day off, working through different angles of the techniques to get through grief and loss, and to make me feel that finally I could get through a day.”
Travolta also discussed the gap in his career after filming the hit movies Saturday Night Fever and Grease, and how his new goal is to play a villain in a James Bond film.
“It got a little complicated for a few years,” Travolta explained. “A lot of things added up to a five-year period that wasn’t so good for me. There were people who were much hotter than me who wanted the role, but Quentin put his career on the line and refused to make the movie without me in it.”
Travolta and Preston have two other children: Ella Bleu, 13, and Benjamin, 3.
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