John Travolta Opens Up About Dealing with Grief After Death of Wife Kelly Preston in New Interview

by Joe Rutland

Actor John Travolta calls mourning the death of his late wife, Kelly Preston, “personal” and “individual” as he opens up in a new interview.

“I have learned that mourning someone, mourning, is personal,” Travolta said in an interview with Esquire Spain. “Mourning is individual and experiencing your own journey is what can lead to healing.”

Excerpts from the interview are shared in an article from The Daily Mail.

Preston, who was married to Travolta for 29 years, died after a two-year battle with breast cancer in July 2020. She was 57 years old.

“This is different from someone else’s journey,” John Travolta said. “The most important thing you can do to help another when they are in mourning is to allow them to live it and not complicate it with yours. That’s my experience.”

John Travolta Met Kelly Preston On Movie Set For ‘The Experts’

Travolta met Preston when they were on the set of a 1989 film, “The Experts.”

He said in the Esquire Spain interview that life “is movement and a journey.”

“What you leave behind in people, I guess that’s your legacy,” John Travolta said. “How they interpret my life will be different for each one. And that’s fine because that will be me.

“The best thing I do is try to get to that part of life that allows me to enjoy it, and that joy is experiencing dance, music … and people,” he said.

Travolta Says He’s Focused On Being Good Father To His Children

John Travolta has been a star in show business for 40-plus years. It goes back to his big break as Vinnie Barbarino on ABC’s sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter.” Soon, movies would call and Travolta would play in “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever.”

Travolta says he is focusing on being a good father to his children Ella, 21, and Ben, 10.

“I will ensure the future of my children, help them with what they want to do with their lives,” he said. “It is what I do with Ella now with her films and teaching her to work in the profession. Ben is barely 10 years old. I want to help him evolve because he has his whole life ahead of him.”