Just over a year ago the world was fading for John Travolta and his family because of Kelly Preston’s death after two years of quietly fighting breast cancer. It has been twelve very hard months in which the memory of the actress has always been present both for her husband and for their two children, Ella, 21, and Benjamin, ten. In one of his last interviews with actor Kevin Hart, Hart to Heart, the protagonist of Grease and Fever on saturday night talked about the emotional conversation he had with his 10-year-old son after his wife’s death.
Benjamin, barely ten years old, confessed to his father one of his greatest fears: her fear of losing him too. Your son is not only at an age when children begin to wonder why he died, but also unfortunately lived the experience very closely. Travolta said that, during one of the walks through the neighborhood in the early hours of the morning, he had an emotional conversation with his son. “Since mom passed away, I’m afraid you’re going to do it too ”, was what Ben told his father. “And I said ‘well, it’s something very different,'” Travolta commented on Kevin Hart’s show about his response to his son’s fear. Travolta and Preston were only ten years apart, since the actor is now 67 and his wife ten years younger when he died.
It was then that the actor of Pulp Fiction addressed the doubts and uncertainties about the death with her son, acknowledging the latest losses in her family: Preston, who passed away in July 2020 after two years battling breast cancer, and that of the couple’s eldest son, Jett, who died at the age of 16 as a result of Kawasaki disease in 2009, but not before explaining that people just try to do their best to live as long as possible.
“You know Ben, you always love the truth and I’m going to tell you the truth about life. Nobody knows when he is going to leave or when he is going to stay … Tu brother (Jett) left at 16… too young. Your mother left at 57 and she was too young too. But who can say? ”Travolta continued. “I could die tomorrow. You could. Anyone can. So let’s look at it like this is a part of life too, see? You don’t know exactly. You just haz the best effort to try to live as long as you can “, was the advice that Travolta gave his son to deal with the subject of death.
The actor also has a daughter older than Ben, Ella Bleu Travolta, 21. Unlike Ben, she was more mature when she faced the death of her mother and dedicated a startling letter to her. “I have never met anyone as brave, strong, beautiful and caring as you. Whoever was lucky enough to meet you or to have been in your presence will agree that you had a radiance, a light that never stopped shining and that made whoever was next to you instantly happy. Thank you for being there for me no matter what happened. Thanks for your love. Thank you for your help and thank you for making this world a better place. You have made life precious and I know you will continue to do so forever. I love you so much mom”.
-John Travolta’s sweet dedication to his daughter on the first birthday without Kelly Preston
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