Inside John Travolta's family life with daughter Ella, 21, and son Ben, 10, after wife Kelly Preston's tragic death
IT'S been a little over a year since Kelly Preston passed away following a secret battle with breast cancer.
At the time, husband John Travolta paid tribute to his wife's "courageous fight" as he revealed that she had battled the disease for two years, but chose to keep her illness private.
Sharing the sad news, John, 67, 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.
"Kelly's love and life will always be remembered. I will be taking some time to be there for my children who have lost their mother, so forgive me in advance if you don't hear from us for a while."
Kelly was 57 when she passed. She left behind her famous actor husband John and their daughter Ella, 21 and son Benjamin, 10.
Since her tragic death, John and his family have faced their grief, always pausing to pay tribute to their lost family member whenever possible.
But sadly, grief is a common companion for John.
Kelly's death came 11 years after the couple's eldest son, 16-year-old Jett died in 2009 after a seizure at the family's Bahamas holiday home.
Describing the unimaginable pain of losing their autistic teenage son, John said he "didn't want to wake up" and didn't think he would get through it.
Echoing his words, Kelly said: “Nobody should have to lose a child. It’s unfathomable.
“But I’m here to say that you can get through it. You can live again. You can want to live again.”
The family was forced to endure further pain when an ambulance driver and his attorney were accused of trying to extort $25 million from the actors in exchange for not releasing sensitive information about their son's death.
Travolta testified during a criminal trial that ended in a mistrial and was prepared to testify a second time, but decided to stop pursuing the case and it was dismissed. He cited the severe strain the proceedings and his son's death had caused the family.
SAM TRAVOLTA, JR.
Just three months after Kelly's shocking death, John would be dealt anther loss, when his nephew, Sam Travolta Jr. passed away at his home in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.
The 57-year-old screenwriter was the son of Travolta’s oldest brother Sam Travolta Sr.
Sam Jr. often bragged that as a struggling screenwriter, uncle John was always there to help, and even sent him a monthly $1,800 allowance.
In a 2015 interview with the National Enquirer, Sam said: “I’m a struggling screenwriter living in a tiny one-bedroom apartment, so John’s money helps.”
John and Kelly's daughter called her late mom "courageous" and "strong" shortly after her tragic cancer death.
Ella took to Instagram to remember her mother fondly and share her sorrow with her followers.
"I have never met anyone as courageous, strong, beautiful and loving as you," the young actress shared.
"Anyone who is lucky enough to have known you or to have ever been in your presence will agree that you have a glow and a light that never ceases to shine and that makes anyone around you feel instantly happy."
Since her mother's death, Ella has followed in her Hollywood footsteps, appearing most recently in the yet-to-be-released film Get Lost.
Earlier this year, as she turned 21, dad John praised her on her birthday.
The star shared: "Happy 21st birthday to the most beautiful, kind, human being and artist I know. Your dad adores you!"
The Grease actor posted the birthday wishes alongside a gorgeous photo of the brunette clutching her denim jacket and staring off into the distance.
Kelly and John's son Benjamin was just nine-years-old when his mother dies.
Since then, he has remained largely out of the spotlight, living the life of a young boy.
Only recently has the boy seemingly come out of hiding, guided by the hand of his protective father.
On Halloween day, the father and son posed for a selfie on the beach.
Benjamin smiled as his now-hairless dad snapped the pic as the sun went down.
John wrote in the caption: "Happy Halloween everybody! What was your favorite candy bar growing up at Halloween?"
Daughter Ella joined in on the fun, excitedly replying: "Reese's!!"
In August, John revealed he had an emotional conversation with his son following Kelly's death. while appearing on Kevin Hart's Peacock talk show Hart to Heart, Travolta opened up about the emotional conversation he and his son had after Preston's death.
The Look Who's Talking star shared on Kevin Hart's Peacock talk show that late one night, Benjamin seemed worried.
John reflected: "He said to me once, 'Because Mom passed away, I'm afraid you're going to.'
"I said, 'Well, it's a very different thing.' And I went through the differences about my longevity and her limited life.
"I said, 'But you know, Ben … you always love the truth and I'm going to tell you the truth about life. Nobody knows when they're gonna go or when they're going to stay.'
"You just do your best at trying to live the longest you can."
Holidays seem to hit John especially hard. While working his way through his first Thanksgiving without his wife, the Pulp Fiction star shared a video message to his fans.
Battling tears, John said: "I just want to take this moment to thank each and every one of you for supporting me in such an incredible way this year. Happy Thanksgiving and always love."
A month later, as the family came together for their first Christmas without Kelly, John shared a sweet video ofElla and Ben enjoying the holidays and wishing followers a Merry Christmas in front of the Christmas tree.
He captioned the sweet clip: "Merry Christmas from the Travolta family!"
In July, the family was forced to face the first anniversary of Kelly's passing.
Collectively, They decided to spend the day privately, with neither John nor his children posting on social media.
Last month, on what would have been Kelly's 58th birthday, John shared a simple andemotional post on Instagram: "Happy Birthday Kelly. We miss and love you very much."
The special message was accompanied by a photograph of a smiling Kelly waving to fans on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018.
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