Kelly Preston: Did ex-fiancé Charlie Sheen shoot her in the arm? Actress denied rumors 25 years later

Kelly Preston was briefly engaged to Charlie Sheen in 1989. While the two were caught at many public events together, their relationship met a tragic end


                            Kelly Preston: Did ex-fiancé Charlie Sheen shoot her in the arm? Actress denied rumors 25 years later
Kelly Preston and Charlie Sheen (Getty Images)
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Kelly Preston was a beautiful soul who lost her battle with breast cancer and died aged 57. She touched many hearts with her roles in movies like 'Mischief' (1985), 'Twins' (1988), and 'Jerry Maguire' (1996).

In a long heartwarming post, actor John Travolta said, "It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer. She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many."

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Born Kelly Kamalelehua Smith, the actress and former model, starred with Travolta in the science fiction film 'Battlefield Earth' (2000) and the biographical film 'Gotti' (2018). The couple had been married for 29 years and were both practicing Scientologists. The two survived all odds and stuck to each other after their wedding in 1991 with two children, daughter Ella Bleu and son, Benjamin. Their first son, Jett Travolta, died at an early age while the family was on a holiday vacation in The Bahamas due to seizure.

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Before her marriage to Travolta, Preston was briefly engaged to Charlie Sheen in 1989. While the two were caught at many public events together, their relationship met a tragic end. As per reports, she suffered an accidental gunshot wound in 1990 when she allegedly moved a pair of jeans belonging to Sheen. Preston did not know that one of its pockets had a gun and she was shot in the arm.

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Charlie Sheen and actress Kelly Preston (Getty Images)

Almost 25 years later, in 2011, Preston backed her ex-fiancé Sheen and confirmed that he did not pull the trigger. Defending himself, Sheen told TMZ: "I was downstairs early in the morning making coffee and I thought she was still asleep upstairs. And I heard a f**king gunshot go off. I thought, 'She did it, she finally f**king did it. She killed herself and they're going to f**king blame me.'"

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"So I abandoned the coffee because a gunshot in the morning will wake you up better than a nice cup of coffee," he joked. "I come around the corner and there's naked Kelly Preston at the top of the stairs, holding her wrist, staring at me, covered in blood… and I thought, that's pretty f**king hot," he added and clarified: "I didn't. I didn't." He quickly grabbed towels and helped the bleeding stop. 

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Once the situation was in control, she explained that "she lifted my pants off the scale in the bathroom…the tiny revolver I used to carry…it fell out of the back jeans pocket and hit the floor and shot a bullet right between her legs," he explained amid much interjection from his onstage companion. "So she got hit with shrapnel from the toilet bowl." That's not all, he also added, "The oddest moment: when I picked up the phone, I looked at the phone, completely perplexed, and I didn't know whether to call 911 or 411. But for years people thought, there was always this conversation, this discussion about the time I tried to kill Kelly Preston."

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Charlie Sheen and actress Kelly Preston (Getty Images)

In an interview with America's People magazine, she called him a "great man." "My heart just goes out to him, and all of his family," she said of the actor who was in a polygamous relationship with a porn star and a former nanny. "He's such a good person underneath all of it, he really is. I think there's a way back for anyone. I always have hope, and my prayers are with him."

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The incident became highly scandalized after Preston got stitches in her arms and rumors started floating about how Sheen had shot her. The disaster led to their breakup and the pair allegedly sold the 2.5-carat engagement ring and split the money. 

One year later, Kelly and John met on the set of the 1987 film 'The Experts'. In his Instagram post for his late wife, Travolta wrote: "I will be taking some time to be there for my children who have lost their mother, so forgive me in advance if you don’t hear from us for a while.  But please know that I will feel your outpouring of love in the weeks and months ahead as we heal." 

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