John Travolta Reveals Grief Over Son’s DeathBy: Val Powell - February 19, 2014
In a recent interview with Barry Norman of BBC, John Travolta revealed the devastating grief he felt over the death of his son, Jett, who died in 2009. The 60-year-old actor said that it was the worst thing that has ever happened to him and he didn’t know if he was ever going to get through it.
Travolta’s son, then 16 years old, died when he hit his head on a bathtub after a seizure. The accident happened while the family was vacationing in the Bahamas. It was only after their son’s death that Travolta and wife Kelly Preston revealed that Jett had autism, since the Church of Scientology does not accept that the condition exists. Travolta has been a member of the church since the 1970s.
In the interview, Travolta also mentioned that he was so overcome with grief that it took him all the strength he had to get better. He also showed his appreciation for his friends in Scientology who supported him daily for two years in order to help him manage his pain and loss.
A couple of years after Jett’s death, Travolta and Preston welcomed another member to the family with the birth of their youngest son, Benjamin, who is now 3 years old. They also have a 13-year-old daughter named Ella.
The 90-minute interview also tackled his career, including his hitman role in Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 film, Pulp Fiction. The role gave Travolta his second Oscar nomination, following his 1978 nomination for Saturday Night Fever.
The actor has an upcoming biopic in 2015 wherein he plays the role of John Gotti Sr., who was a mobster in New York City. Travolta also mentioned his interest to act in the next James Bond film as the villain, and has already had a casual meeting with the film’s producer, Barbara Broccoli.
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