Travoltas Use Family, Religion and Therapy to Cope With Jett's Death
By Dino Sossi Posted Nov 9th 2009 01:45PM
The long road to emotional recovery has been a difficult process for the Travolta family after the tragic loss of their son but they are improving.
"We've been working very hard every day as a family to heal," said John Travolta in his first interview (with USA Today) since his son Jett's death. "We partake in spiritual counseling pretty much daily," said his wife Kelly Preston. Jett Travolta died after a seizure at the family home on Grand Bahama island in January. He was 16.
The family has re-introduced itself to the spotlight in promotion of daughter Ella Bleu's new movie. 'Old Dogs,' a comedy scheduled for release on November 25th, will be her feature-film debut. "We decided it was OK to come out and promote, to introduce her to the world and to give her a beautiful future in film," said Travolta. "We have our own way of doing it, and it has been helping," he added.
"It's a tricky thing. Sometimes, something that's right for the moment is not right the next day," said Preston. "Being with people who are important to you, being with people that you love, I think that's what has primarily helped us the most. Sometimes, being alone, too," she revealed.
Travolta revealed that coping with his beloved son's death is a daily struggle. His wife added that the "outpouring of love from, really, worldwide has been extraordinary. It's been our friends, our family, our church."
The Jett Travolta Tragedy
Kelly Preston, seen here with her late son Jett and daughter Ella, was set to speak in October about dealing with the loss of her 16-year-old boy, but pulled out of the engagement.
The painful loss has been worsened by a legal case involving a paramedic and Bahamian senator who stand accused of extorting $25 million from the Travoltas with information about Jett's death. The original case ended in mistrial last month and a retrial has been ordered. Neither Travolta nor Preston gave comment.
Hollywood A-listers have lent the grieving family emotional support. "I just wanted to say I'm sorry, that a lot of people have been thinking about them," said Denzel Washington. "Above everything else, John is a family man," he added. Washington and Travolta starred in 'The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3' this summer. "You need your friends a lot in times like that," John said thankfully.
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