John Travolta was heartbroken and struggled to cope with his son, Jett's loss.
The emotions and pain that come with losing a child are inexplicable. While nothing can replace the agony, some experiences can calm you down. John Travolta was heartbroken after losing his 16-year-old son, Jett in January 2009, according to People. The autistic teenager suffered a seizure while the family was on vacation. Though they did everything they could to save him, they could not sustain his life.
Travolta and his wife could not bear the pain of losing him and found it difficult to cope. However, the couple was lucky enough to have another son the next year. For them, his birth was nothing but a blessing or a miracle.
Almost two years after Jett's death, Travolta and his wife, Kelly Preston welcomed their son, Benjamin Travolta. "We are overjoyed to announce the arrival of our son, Ella's baby brother, Benjamin Travolta. Born Nov. 23, 2010 in Florida, Benjamin is healthy and doing beautifully. Thank you for the congratulations messages and wishes -- we are beyond happy about the newest addition to our family," said the family in a statement, according to ABC News.
The new addition gave them happiness. Travolta was excited to be a father again and the star, who gives a lot of importance to his family, took the utmost care of his little boy. He changed diapers and even sang to their little boy to sleep.
The little boy magically brought the family together after the tragic death of Jett. “We certainly have bonded together. Certainly, having little Ben has been a beautiful kind of glue for us to re-bond after a tremendous loss," said the star, according to AmmoMama.
According to ABC News, Travolta stated, "For us, it's been uplifting. He's given the house a renewed spirit and purpose. He's brought us a new beginning, and his presence has brought joy to all the people who have wanted the best for us." While it elevated their spirits, Travolta admitted it was not a solution for their loss. He opened up about how he always thought about Jett.
"I don't think there is any time that we don't think about him. All our memories are connected to Jett over the last 18 years -- our photos, our homes, our travel. It's not something that will ever leave us," said the star to People, according to ABC News.
Jett's death was undoubtedly a huge shock to Travolta. The devastated father often recalled the memories of his son on social media. On his 6th death anniversary, the actor shared an emotional note on Facebook. "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."
Continuing, he wrote, "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," wrote the Grease actor, according to Mirror Online.
He continued, "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."
In the midst of all their happiness, they keep the memory of Jett alive. Though they did not get the chance to see him grow up to be a fine man, they live with the beautiful memories they made with him. "To my sweet love, Jett... you are in our hearts forever. 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," wrote Preston on Instagram, according to Metro.
Travolta and Preston these days are busy caring for their children, while they keep Jett's memory alive in their hearts.