John Travolta has opened up about the tragic death of his 16-year-old son, Jett Travolta. Speaking exclusively to USWeekly, the Hollywood actor revealed that he ‘didn’t know if he was going to make it’ following the tragedy.
“It was the worst thing that’s ever happened in my life. I didn’t know if i was going to make it,” he told the publication.
The 64-year-old star of Grease and Pulp Fiction fame said that the Church of Scientology had helped him get through the trying times.
“The church never left our side for two years. I don’t know if I would have made it through without their support. Our church is the number one thing that keeps us grounded,” he explained.
Jett, Travolta’s first child, passed away in January 2009 in the Bahamas during a family holiday. The teen suffered from Kawasaki disease and died as a result of a seizure.
He added that family is a priority for both himself and his wife-of-28-years Kelly Preston.
“Our children keep our interest in life very high. Their future is very important to us,” he said.
In 2010, a year after Jett passed, the Travoltas welcomed a newborn son into their family, Benjamin Travolta.
In the same interview, Travolta said that both Benjamin and his 18-year-old daughter Ella Bleu want to forge acting careers.
“They’re smart kids and they do well because they’re encouraged to apply what they learn. Ella is making a living as an actress. We’re very proud of her. She’s old-school elegant and gifted in the arts.”
Travolta returned to the big screen in 2018 as the star of Gotti. The movie explored the life of times of infamous mafioso John Gotti. The movie was widely panned by critics, and as of yet has not turned a profit.
Most recently, he has debuted a new, bald look. He shared to his one million followers on Instagram in early January a picture of him completely bald alongside his teen daughter at what appears to be a festive party.