In a sweet Instagram post, actor John Travolta is wishing his son Ben a very happy birthday. The duo posed for a picture along with Travolta’s daughter, Ella, which Travolta then shared on Instagram.
“Happy birthday my beautiful boy. Your dad adores you!” Travolta captioned the post. (Ella chimed in in the comments, adding, “Happy Birthday Ben!”)
John Travolta Shared Some Wisdom With Ben in the Wake of Kelly Preston’s Death
Ben’s mom, the actress Kelly Preston, died of breast cancer at age 57 last year. She had waged a two-year battle against the disease.
In an August appearance on Kevin Hart’s talk show Hart to Heart, Travolta recounted the difficult conversation he had with Ben following Preston’s death. The father and son were walking through their neighborhood one night, and Ben told Travolta that he feared he would lose his father, too.
“He said to me once, ‘Because Mom passed away, I’m afraid you’re going to,’” Travolta recalled, per People. “I said, ‘Well, it’s a very different thing.’ And I went through the differences about my longevity and her limited life.”
He added, “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.'” Travolta went on to point out that Ben’s brother, Jett, died at age 16. Preston also died too young.
“But who’s to say?” he continued.” I could die tomorrow. You could. Anybody can. So let’s look at it like it’s part of life. You don’t know exactly. You just do your best at trying to live the longest you can.”
Ben Recently Added a New Member to the Travolta Family
This past March, Ben brought a new family member into the Travolta clan: a fluffy white feline named Crystal.
Ben, now 11, posed for a photo with John Travolta and Crystal, cradling the adorable cat as Travolta hugged him. Travolta then posted the photo to Instagram, where Ella promptly bestowed several heart emojis on it.
Ella is a supportive presence on social media, cheering Ben on, commenting on Travolta’s posts and adding her own celebrating her dad the family man. The trio is as tight-knit as they come, which makes sense after all they’ve been through.
But it looks like Travolta is doing his best to ensure happy lives for his kids. And that includes happy birthdays.