John Travolta calls late wife Kelly Preston his 'favourite dance partner' on her birthday

71st Cannes Film Festival - Photocall for the film Gotti - Cannes, France, May 15, 2018. Cast members John Travolta and Kelly Preston. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
John Travolta has paid tribute to his late wife Kelly Preston. (REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

John Travolta called his late wife Kelly Preston his “favourite dance partner” as he paid tribute on her birthday.

Preston passed away in 2020 aged 57 following a private two-year battle with cancer.

Grease actor Travolta marked what would have been her 60th birthday by sharing a throwback snap of them on Instagram.

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It appeared to have been taken at a showbiz event and showed the pair hugging as they smiled at the camera.

“Happy birthday to my favourite dance partner!” wrote the actor, 68. “We love you and miss you Kelly.”

Many fans and celebrity friends also paid tribute in the comments section.

Riverdale’s Marisol Nichols wrote: “Happy birthday Kelly.”

And Sex And The City star Kristin Davis added: “Love you two.”

“She was a beautiful lady John,” said one fan. “You have an angel watching over you and your kids!!!”

The couple’s daughter Ella Bleu, 22, was among those to comment, sharing a string of heart emojis.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14:  Actors Kelly Preston and John Travolta attend the
Kelly Preston and John Travolta were married in 1991. (Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Travolta and Preston – who tied the knot in 1991 - also shared son Benjamin, who is now 11.

Their older son Jett died in 2009 when he was 16 after suffering a seizure while the family were on holiday in the Bahamas.

Speaking in 2014, the Saturday Night Fever star said Jett's death was "the worst thing" that had ever happened in his life.

UNDATED:  In this handout from Rogers and Cowan, Jett Travolta (L) is seen with his father, actor John Travolta, in this undated picture. Jett Travolta, 16, was reportedly found  dead on January 1, at a family home at the Old Bahama Bay resort on Grand Bahama Island during a family.   (Photo by Rogers and Cowan via Getty Images)
Jett Travolta died in 2009. (Rogers and Cowan via Getty Images)

"The truth is, I didn't know if I was going to make it," he said in an interview on stage at a theatre in London.

"Life was no longer interesting to me, so it took a lot to get me better."

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Remembering Jett in April on the day he would have turned 30, the actor said: “I miss you more than words can say. I think about you every day.”

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