Preston privately battled cancer for 2 years before succumbing to it.
John Travolta was devastated when his wife, Kelly Preston passed away due to breast cancer.
After her death, a family representative stated, "On the morning of July 12, 2020, Kelly Preston, adored wife, and mother, passed away following a two-year battle with breast cancer."
They continued, "Choosing to keep her fight private, she had been undergoing medical treatment for some time, supported by her closest family and friends," according to People.
However, many were unaware of the struggles Travolta had to undergo so his beloved wife could get the right treatments. According to the Daily Mail, Scientology was against chemotherapy. And Travolta, who has been a follower of the religion for 45 years, may have been forced to choose his wife's wellness over his faith.
The sources stated, it reached a "make-or-break" point for the Grease actor. Many former members of the church, who came to know of his struggle, supported the actor's act of courage for his wife. Many even suggested he may be breaking away from the Church.
"The statement was unequivocal in the support of medical staff... It shows they've backed away from Scientology. It'll hurt to lose your wife of 30 years... there will be grief, it's human," said Jeffrey Augustine, a former member of the Church alluding to Travolta's gratitude towards the medical experts.
"My family and I will forever be grateful to her doctors and nurses at MD Anderson Cancer Center, all the medical centers that have helped, as well as her many friends and loved ones who have been by her side," wrote the Pulp Fiction actor on Instagram.
Augustine also added that L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church Of Scientology was against "chemotherapy and radiation." The founder said this in
He added, "There's no acknowledgment in that statement of Scientology, David Miscavige, or auditing, there's nothing - that's critical, he took care of it in his own hands, this is a personal matter, like 'I don't need the Church.'" He further went on to say that thought Hubbard was opposed to the idea, people realized his ideas were not right.
According to Daily Mail, Hubbard, in his November 1959 lecture, stated, "Cancer is not caused... it always requires a second-dynamic or sexual upset, such as the loss of children or some other mechanism to bring about a condition known as cancer."
Augustine applauded Travolta and stated, "In the Church, they'd say you lost Jett, so that's why you got cancer, so we need to audit that out. [But] they did it with medicine. This was handled professionally and elegantly, I really admire the way he did it, he made Scientology a non-part of Kelly's death."
Some former members of the church also said the religion may not give Travolta any time to mourn as they did not believe in the idea. "Grief and feeling sad is very low on the 'harmonic [emotional] tone scale', a lot of them stay upbeat, be happy, it's very weird," and further added, "They believe the person has flown off, it's something to celebrate, they've gone off to get a new body. The concept of death is very different from normal," said Sam Domingo, a former VIP member of Scientology.
Travolta and Preston were married for 30 years. Preston's death has left Travolta and his family in great pain.