John Travolta Opens Up About Son Jett's Death, Scientology's Influence
John Travolta, who just turned 60, recently spoke about the loss of his son, Jett, who died when he was only 16-years-old.
John Travolta Remembers The Loss Of His Son
Travolta sat down for a 90-minute interview with the BBC’s Barry Norman recently at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London, where he answered questions on a whole range of topics – including Jett’s death in 2009 from a seizure.
"[It was] the worst thing that's ever happened in my life,” Travolta revealed. "The truth is, I didn't know if I was going to make it. Life was no longer interesting to me, so it took a lot to get me better,” the Pulp Fiction star added. “I didn't want to wake up."
Travolta On Scientology, James Gandolfini
As he has in the past, Travolta credited Scientology with helping him through the tragic loss of his eldest son, who’d had a history of seizures and also struggled with autism.
"I will forever be grateful to Scientology for supporting me for two years solid, I mean Monday through Sunday," Travolta said of the religion, which he claims has “saved his life” on multiple occasions. "They didn't take a day off, working through different angles of the techniques to get through grief and loss, and to make me feel that finally I could get through a day."
In addition to Scientology, Travolta received the love and support of his good friend and Lonely Hearts costar, the late James Gandolfini. "James went out of his way to come to Florida and he would not leave Florida until I was okay, or he felt that I would be fine.”
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