"To my sweet love, Jett... you are in our hearts forever," Kelly Preston recently wrote in a post as a tribute to their son.
You may have prepared for it your entire adulthood, or you may not be prepared for it at all. But when parenthood finally arrives, it will change you in a way you never expected.
From the first step they take to the first heartbreak they experience, watching your child learn and grow brings out a side of you that you never knew existed. However, not all parents have the privilege to witness this change and growth in their children over the years. And John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston were forced to experience that unimaginable heartbreak when they lost their 16-year-old boy, Jett.
Taken away too young and too soon from them, Jett was just 16 when he suffered a seizure while on a family vacation. The young boy hit his head in a bathtub, according to People, and it led to John Travolta and Kelly Preston having to let go of their son in a heartbreaking way.
10 days after the 6th death anniversary of Jett, Travolta had shared a touching message on his Facebook page, "Someone you raised and watched grow every day. Someone you taught how to walk and talk. Someone you showed how to love. It's the worst thing to ever happen to anyone."
"He brought me so much joy. He was my everything. Those 16 years of being his father taught me how to love unconditionally. We have to stop and be thankful for our children and children should stop and be thankful for their parents. Because life is very short."
"Spend time with your parents and parents spend time with your children. Treat them well. Because, one day, when you look up from your phone, they won't be there anymore. What I truly learned most of all is, live and love every day like it's your last. Because, one day, it will be."
“It’s the worst thing that’s ever happened in my life,” John Travolta told Us Weekly. “The truth is, I didn’t know if I was going to make it.” Jett left behind his heartbroken parents and his younger sister, Ella Bleu who was just around 8 years old at the time. "[He] was autistic. He had seizures, and when he was very young, he had Kawasaki syndrome," Kelly Preston said on the CBS daytime series The Doctors, as reported by E! Online.
John Travolta, who had made his mark on Hollywood's big screen, was so overwhelmed by the grief of losing his son that he questioned going back to doing what he's best known for. But the only way he was able to keep going was because of the love people were ready to show him.
As reported by Metro, he told BBC Breakfast in 2012, "I lost my son a few years ago and I had been having quite a time of that and after three years getting a lot of support from my church and a lot of support from people, fans, family I decided that it was OK to go back to work because I’d even thought of retiring at one point because it felt like too much."
Although Jett is no longer with them, his memory still lives on. John Travolta and Kelly Preston may have lost their chance to watch Jett grow up into a fine young man but they will always carry his memory in their hearts.
Recently, Kelly Preston even shared an emotional post about their son on Instagram and wrote, "To my sweet love, Jett... you are in our hearts forever." She took a moment to send her best wishes to autistic children and praised the loved ones in the lives of those children. "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."
It may have been extremely difficult for them to try to bring back some normalcy into life. About a year after Jett tragically left their lives, little Benjamin was born. Kelly Preston had given birth to their third and youngest child together and it made their hearts a little lighter.
They have always made family their priority and the people who come first for John Travolta and Kelly Preston are their kids, Ella and Benjamin who are now 18 and 8 respectively, as reported by ET Canada. “Our children keep our interest in life very high. Their future is very important to us,” John Travolta said.
"We certainly have bonded together," John Travolta told Good Morning America. "Certainly having little Ben has been a beautiful kind of glue for us to rebond after a tremendous loss."
They try to instill important qualities in their children and have raised them to take care of their own chores because "helping anywhere that's needed is the general idea", he said, according to the Daily Mail.
They continue to keep Jett's memory alive and have even set up The Jett Travolta Foundation which has made donations to several charitable institutions since 2009.