After Kelly Preston’s tragic death, John Travolta devoted himself to raising their kids

The death of a spouse is one of the hardest things you can deal with in life, especially when they pass away relatively young.

John Travolta and his family have been through a couple of very tough years. In 2020, his wife and mother to the couple’s children, Kelly Preston, passed away from breast cancer.

As always, John has focused on being the best father he can be since then.

Through the years, Travolta evolved into one of the greatest actors of the century. Along the way, he met the love of his life, and together they created a wonderful family.

In 1992, following a proposal at the Palace Hotel restaurant in Gstaad, Switzerland the year before, John Travolta married Kelly Preston.

The couple tied the knot on September 5, 1991, in a secret ceremony at the Hotel de Crillon in Paris.

Kelly was born on October 13, 1962 in Honolulu, Hawaii, and like John, she worked in the film industry. She studied acting at the University of Southern California, and in 1985, she started her acting career, appearing in several major movies such as Mischief, Twins, Jerry Maguire, and For Love of the Game.

Preston had some minor television roles during the course of her career as well. In 2018, she starred in the film Gotti, which would be her final film role. In July 2020, Kelly died after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

She was 57.

“On the morning of July 12, 2020, Kelly Preston, adored wife, and mother, passed away following a two-year battle with breast cancer,” a family representative told People at the time.

“She was a bright, beautiful, and loving soul who cared deeply about others and who brought life to everything she touched. Her family asks for your understanding of their need for privacy at this time.”


It turned out that Kelly had kept her diagnosis private. Speaking on the British talk show Loose Woman, her co-star in Off the Rails – which was her last film role – Sally Phillips, said that they didn’t know anything while filming.

“That’s what people do—they go through it on their own because of worries about insurance for the film, and working again afterward,” Phillips said, as reported by the Mirror.

“We’ve had a couple of high profile examples of that recently, haven’t we? Chadwick [Boseman] and Helen McCrory didn’t tell anyone,” she added.

“She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many,” Travolta wrote. “Kelly’s love and life will always be remembered.”

John Travolta wrote on Instagram: “My family and I will forever be grateful to her doctors and nurses at MD Anderson Cancer Center, all the medical centers that have helped, as well as her many friends and loved ones who have been by her side. Kelly’s love and life will always be remembered.”

In the same post, Travolta said he would be taking time to be with his family during the mourning process, particularly his children, 22-year-old  Ella and 11-year-old Ben. His first child with Kelly Preston, Jett, died of a seizure at 16.

Travolta and Preston were married for 19 years before her death and had three children together. Less than a year after her death, it’s very understandable that he would not be ready to move on so soon.

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For his part, Travolta isn’t ready to start seeing anyone quite yet.

“John’s had no shortage of friends wanting to set him up and there are a lot of women who would love to go out with him,” an insider told OK! Magazine.

“John is flattered, but he just isn’t interested.