John Travolta said Scientology helped him cope with son’s death: ‘The church never left our sides’
John Travolta is speaking candidly about the death of his teenage son, Jett, and how he coped with losing him after a seizure 10 years ago.
“It’s the worst thing that’s ever happened in my life,” the actor said in an interview with Us Weekly Thursday. “The truth is, I didn’t know if I was going to make it.”
Travolta’s 16-year-old son died Jan. 2, 2009, after having a seizure while the family was on vacation in the Bahamas. Travolta previously revealed that Jett had autism and suffered from a history of seizures.
Travolta, 64, said that the Church of Scientology supported him throughout the heartbreaking ordeal.
“The church never left our sides for two years,” said Travolta, who has been a member of the church for decades and has previously credited them with helping the family cope with their grief. He added, “I don’t know if I would have made it through without their support.”
Jett would have turned 27 in April. Travolta and Kelly Preston, his wife of for 27 years, also have an 18-year-old daughter, Ella, and an 8-year-old son, Benjamin.
During a 2014 interview at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the “Pulp Fiction” star discussed just how far he’d fallen into depression.
“The truth is, I didn’t know if I was going to make it,” he said. “Life was no longer interesting to me, so it took a lot to get me better.”
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