Kelly Preston's Mom Describes 'Wonderful' Baby News
By PopEater Staff Posted Jun 8th 2010 05:33PM
speaking with UsMagazine.com, said that she "cried so hard I couldn't see straight" when she heard about the pregnancy. "I just bawled my eyes out ... Because I've been so worried about her," Carlson continued.
Preston and Travolta announced the pregnancy after Star Magazine broke the story on May 18. Hours after the story surfaced online, the couple confirmed the news on Travolta's official website.
"It's impossible to keep a secret ... especially one as wonderful as this. We want to be the first to share this great news with everyone that we are expecting a new addition to our family. Love, John, Kelly and Ella," the post read.
While Travolta and Preston have quite a bit to celebrate, they are no doubt still reeling from the loss of their son Jett, who died suddenly in January 2009 after suffering a seizure while on a family vacation in the Bahamas. Jett, who was only 16 when he passed away, battled autism throughout his life.
To make matters worse, the Travolta family was then extorted by Bahamian EMTs, who threatened to sell photos of Jett to the media.
Carlson says the tragedy took a heavy toll on her daughter and son-in-law. "Not only losing Jett but those godawful horrible men trying to extort them! Unbelievable. It was awful on them, they were grieving so badly. They do weather it, but holy cow, such grief. John was devastated, just devastated."
Carlson says that she knows the new child will be made familiar with Jett and his memory. "He'll see the pictures and he'll be told stories. He or she, whatever ... It couldn't come at a better time. Her aura is so filled with peace. It's changed their lives," Carlson said.
Travolta and Preston wed in 1991 and had two children, daughter Ella Bleu, born in 2000, and their late son Jett. Both Travolta and Preston have kept low profiles since his death.
In the days following the tragedy, Travolta spoke to fans through a simple statement:
We would like to extend our deepest and most heartfelt thanks to everyone who has sent their love and condolences. Jett was the most wonderful son that two parents could ever ask for and lit up the lives of everyone he encountered. We are heartbroken that our time with him was so brief. We will cherish the time we had with him for the rest of our lives. We have received many messages of condolence from around the world and we want to thank everyone for their prayers and support. It has meant so much to us. It is a beautiful reminder of the inherent goodness in the human spirit that gives us a hope for a brighter future.
Preston was due to speak at The Women's Conference last summer but pulled out when she felt it was still too close to the tragedy. Travolta did not do public appearances to publicize his films -- 'The Taking of Pelham 123,' 'Old Dogs' and 'From Paris With Love -- that have opened in the wake of Jett's death.
Carlson says she hopes the new baby will help Preston and Travolta "out of their sorrow. I know Kelly has been longing for another baby."
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Actor John Travolta and wife actress Kelly Preston arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere "The Last Song" at ArcLight Cinemas on March 25, 2010 in Hollywood, California.
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