John Travolta shares touching post on late son Jett's 27th birthday: 'Happy birthday my son I love you!'
John Travolta posted the most touching Instagram post in honor of his late son's birthday.
Travolta and his wife, Kelly Preston, lost their son Jett in 2009. Ten years later, on what would have been Jett's 27th birthday, his father shared how much he still loves him in a birthday tribute accompanied by a fanart of the young boy. "A painting a fan made of my son Jett! Happy birthday my son I love you!", the 65-year-old actor wrote as the caption for the post.
Jett was all of 16 years old when he died quite unexpectedly during a family vacation in the Bahamas. The teenager had a seizure, hit his head, and fell into the bathtub at their family vacation home at the Old Bahama Bay Hotel on Grand Bahama Island. He was declared dead at Rand Memorial Hospital.
His mother, Preston, also took to Instagram to share her wishes in honor of her son's birthday. "Happy Birthday Jetty, my sweet love," her post's caption read.
Just a week ago, Preston had also shared a very emotional Instagram post, alongside a black and white photo of Jett smiling between both his parents in what looks like a giant bed, while his parents lovingly kiss him on the cheek. "To my sweet love, Jett… you are in our hearts forever," Preston lovingly wrote, adding: "I send love to all of the beautiful autistic children and the wonderful people who love them. May we all shine and grant love and respect to children with special needs." In 2003, Preston had shared that Jett had Kawasaki Syndrome — an inflammation of the arteries.
As for the couple's other two kids, Travolta has spoken about how both Ella and Benjamin were thriving. "They're smart kids and they do well because they're encouraged to apply what they learn," he said. "Ella is making a living as an actress. We're very proud of her. She's old-school elegant and gifted in the arts." Ella, who's 19, recently finished filming 'The Poison Rose' — a crime thriller that she's starring alongside Brendan Fraser, Morgan Freeman, and her father. Nine-year-old Benjamin has been keen on acting too.
Preston has spoken previously about the challenges in their relationship but also remarked that they "were just right together" from the start. "We picked the right people and [keep] it honest and [communicate] and [check] in with each other. A relationship doesn't just happen. You have to work at it. You've got to keep it fun, and that's what we do," she said.