John Travolta shares birthday tribute to 10-year-old son Benjamin just months after wife's death

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John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston, daughter Ella Blue Travolta (R) and son Benjamin Travolta. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston, daughter Ella Bleu and son Benjamin. (Getty Images)

John Travolta has taken to Instagram to wish his youngest child ‘happy birthday’ just months after the death of his wife and his son’s mother.

Benjamin, 10, is the third child Travolta had with his late wife Kelly Preston, who died aged 57 earlier in the year following a breast cancer battle.

"Happy 10th birthday my wonderful Ben! I love you!" the 66-year-old wrote alongside the photo of him hugging his smiling son.

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Travolta and Preston welcomed Benjamin in 2010, a year after their first child Jett died at the age of 16 after suffering a seizure while the family holidayed in the Bahamas.

The couple, who married in 1991, also had daughter Ella Bleu who was born in 2000.

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Preston passed away in July 2020 after privately battling breast cancer for two years.

Announcing her death at the time, Travolta wrote on Instagram: "It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer. She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.

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"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."

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He added that he would be taking time out for his children in the following months.

Travolta has been posting occasionally to social media, including regular tributes to his late wife.

His posts have included a video of him dancing with his daughter in honour of Preston as well as a throwback to their wedding day to mark her birthday on 13 October.

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