John Travolta Kelly Preston Married 20 Years
February 14, 2012 by staff
John Travolta Kelly Preston Married 20 Years, ACTRESS Kelly Preston, married for 20 years to John Travolta, has dealt with both tragedy and joy in recent times.
Her son Jett died of a seizure nearly two years ago aged 16. But she gave birth to Benjamin in November 2010 when she was 48.
They also have 11-year-old daughter Ella Bleu.
In her early twenties, Kelly was briefly married to actor Kevin Cage, lived with George Clooney and was engaged to Hollywood bad boy Charlie Sheen.
She has successfully launched the Jett Travolta Foundation to help children with special needs.
Here, Kelly, 49, tells GARTH PEARCE about what she wishes she knew aged 18.
AT 18 I wish I had known the dangers of smoking pot. There was a fallacy in Hawaii, where I grew up, that it was not addictive.
It was supposed to be natural so I did it along with all my friends. I now don’t drink, don’t smoke and don’t do drugs.
I have done all of that in the past but now live a clean and healthy life. It is not possible to know the answers at 18 so you go with what most people believe. I have already started educating my own children about the dangers of drugs. They are addictive.
We are giving our kids the space to discover who they are, but life can’t be enjoyed in a drugs culture.
I have learned to appreciate that personal health and enjoyment of life go hand in hand.
I also wish I had learned how much you had to work at a marriage before I married for the first time. I married too young. But, with Johnny, and the benefit of being older, I was able to work out what helps keep a marriage happy.
Don’t go to bed angry and talk out your issues. The things to remember are honesty, playfulness, humour and being creative. Some people think marriage is not real unless it is natural and say: “I shouldn’t have to work at it.”
I disagree. I would not have thought it possible, at 18, that friendship could turn, slowly, into love. But it did.
I was with another partner when we first met in 1987 on a film called The Experts and we were friends during filming. But we stayed friends and met up again a couple of years later, when we were working on separate films. I was single again and he asked, over dinner, if we could start going out. He said he thought I would make a great girlfriend simply because of the way I treated my partner at the time.
I said: “Definitely — that is a great idea.” It became love very quickly. We also decided, very early on, we wanted to have a family. I got pregnant on my very first try.
We were at the country house of our friends, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. The date was June 15, 1991.
When I was 18, if I’d have thought I would have met someone like Johnny, I would have not believed my good fortune. At home, he’s exactly as he appears to others — relaxed and very caring. One of his greatest attributes is a wonderful sense of humour.
Happy family … Kelly Preston and John Travolta with Ella Bleu and Benjamin
He is the greatest romantic. For our engagement, he flew a group of us to Gstaad in Switzerland, picked up a ring which had been specially made and proposed where we were staying.
It was a complete shock, because I was not expecting it. It is easier to be surprised at 18, because you have such little experience, but always more difficult in later life.
What is so fantastic is that my husband loves to fly, so everything about airlines, jets and flying is his true passion. He has been a pilot for more than 30 years.
He has his wings for Qantas of Australia, which is the hardest school to get through. It is a career in itself. He also looks so handsome in his uniform.
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