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“I felt the breath go out of her." Inside the complicated private life of John Travolta.

John Travolta has long been Hollywood royalty.

The actor is the youngest of six children. He was born in Englewood, New Jersey, and was raised Catholic.

In 1975, just as his career was taking off, Travolta converted to the Church of Scientology.

The now 64-year-old first rose to fame for his depiction of Tony Manero in the 1978 film, Saturday Night Fever.

He then became the complicated bad boy of every teenage girl’s fantasy playing Danny in the hit musical, Grease.

In the following decades, Travolta went on to star in a bunch of Hollywood blockbusters.

Travolta’s rise to the top of the entertainment industry was a smooth one.

His private life, however, has been a lot more turbulent.

In 1976, Travolta met actress Diana Hyland on the set of The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.

In the film Travolta played the role of Tod, a boy whose immune system is so fragile, he has to live his life in a plastic bubble.

Hyland played his mother in the movie. Despite their 18 year age difference, the pair soon fell in love on set and became inseparable.

“I have never been more in love with anyone in my life,” he told People in 1977. “I thought I was in love before, but I wasn’t. From the moment I met her I was attracted. We were like two maniacs talking all the time on the set of Bubble. After a month it became romantic.”

In 1977, Hyland was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy.

On March 23, of that same year, she died in Travolta’s arms. She was just 41 years old.

“I felt the breath go out of her,” Travolta told People at the time.

In 1991, Travolta married actress Kelly Preston. The couple, who are still married today, had three children together – Jett, Ella Bleu and Benjamin.

 

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In 2009, Jett died while the family was on a Christmas vacation in the Bahamas. He was just 16 years old. The teenage boy had autism and regularly suffered seizures.

Despite remaining with his first wife, Travolta’s marriage has long been rocked by rumours of infidelity, accusations of sexual assault, and claims the actor is secretly gay.

In May 2012, two male masseurs accused the actor of sexual assault and battery. Both lawsuits were later dropped by the complainants.

According to Radar Online, in 2017 a masseur named the 64-year-old in a criminal complaint, accusing the actor of sexual battery which allegedly took place in 2002.

Despite these allegations, Travolta has managed to maintain a low profile throughout the #MeToo movement.

In the early 90s, Travolta starred alongside Kirstie Alley in the Look Who’s Talking movie franchise.

The two became close friends and many have long been suspicious about the intimacy of their relationship.

In September 2018, on The Dan Wootton Interview podcast, Alley admitted to having a long emotional affair with Travolta.

“It wasn’t a sexual relationship because I’m not going to cheat on my husband. But you know I think there are things that are way worse than sexual relationships, than cheating on someone that way. Because I consider what I did even worse because I actually let myself fall in love with him and stay in love with him for a long time,” she said on the podcast.

The actress, now 67, explained that Travolta had been dating Preston before they filmed the first movie in 1989. She said she encouraged Travolta to marry Preston because she was never going to leave her then husband, Parker Stevenson, to be with him.

“I would say [John] would agree it was mutual that we sort of fell in love with each other. When it became very apparent I wasn’t going anywhere — I was staying married — he started seeing Kelly again. He said: ‘What do you think?’ I said, ‘I think you should marry her. I think she’s amazing.”

Despite this, Alley admitted she continued to flirt with Travolta – even in Preston’s presence.

“I was flirting with him — like crazy. We were in a department store filming. Flirt, flirt, flirt — and Kelly came up to me — and they were married then — and she said, ‘Um, why are you flirting with my husband?’ Busted. That was sort of when I had to make a decision: Are you going to be this girl who not only is married but he’s now married… And I made the decision and that was pretty much the end of that.

“John and I would have devoured each other we are so alike. We would have burned out. It would be like two blazing stars that just fizzled out… It would have been a disaster.”

Travolta continues to be an active leader in the Church of Scientology. He’s also a private pilot.

He has never publicly responded to any claims about his sexuality or any alleged incidents of sexual assault.

Travolta and Preston celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary on September 5.

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