John Travolta "Felt The Breath Go Out Of" First Love Diana Hyland As She Died In His Arms | Breast Cancer Took Her Too

John Travolta "Felt The Breath Go Out Of" First Love Diana Hyland As She Died In His Arms | Breast Cancer Took Her Too

John Travolta was just 23 years old when he fell in love with Hyland, who was 18 years elder to him.

When you are in love, you cherish every day with your partner and pray it never ends. It is a magical journey and all you want to do is to be by their side every minute, every second. But sometimes life plays you and decides never to grant you certain desires of your heart. John Travolta felt something similar.

John Travolta found his love, Diana Hyland, when he was 23 years old. However, their romantic tale did not have a happy ending. Travolta lost her just months after they started dating.


According to the New York Post, Travolta witnessed the death of his girlfriend. Hyland battled cancer and died in the arms of the actor. Her death shattered him and the actor recalled her last moments and said he "felt the breath go out of her."

Hyland was 18 years older than Travolta and had battled with breast cancer before meeting the actor. However, after having done mastectomy, she believed cancer would not return. Contrary to her belief, Hyland discovered cancer had made its way into her body again.


At the time, Travolta was away filming Saturday Night Fever in New York. As soon as he heard about the news, the actor flew down to be with his love. He knew the best thing he could do was to be by her side while she began another battle with cancer. Unfortunately, this time her battle was brief.

Just two weeks after the diagnosis, the actress passed away. Talking about the last days he spent with her, the Grease actor stated, "I gave her great joy in the last months of her life. I always feel she is with me—I mean her intentions are. Diana always wanted the world for me in every possible way."

For Travolta, Hyland was not any random lover. He wanted to start a family with her and get a house together. Since the time they started dating, the couple traveled together and Travolta developed a good rapport with Hyland's son from her previous marriage.


The couple started dating in 1977 when they starred in the TV movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble. Hyland played the role of Travolta's mother but the actor was smitten. Just a month later, t translated into a romantic relationship. "I thought I was in love before — but I wasn’t. From the moment I met her, I was attracted. We were like two maniacs talking all the time on the set of Bubble. After a month it became romantic," said Travolta about falling in love with Hyland, according to People.


He added that meeting Hyland changed the way he looked at life and relationships. "I had more fun with Diana than I ever had in my life. And the odd thing is just before we met I thought I would never have a successful relationship," said the actor, according to the Daily Mail.

Hyland too shared the same realizations after meeting Travolta. They knew they were meant to be. "She told me that she too had thought the same thing. Then, bam," said Travolta, according to Daily Mail.


Travolta deeply loved Hyland and so her death was devastating to the actor. Though he was in a lot of pain, Travolta knew that the only thing he could do was to move on with the great memories he made with her. He started dating again but it took him years to fall in love again with the right person. Ten years after Hyland's death, Travolta met his wife, Kelly Preston.


Travolta met Preston at the set of The Experts. Preston was already married but that didn't stop Travolta from being attracted to her. So, it was love at first sight for the actor.

However, it was different for Preston. Though she split from her husband that year, it took her a couple more years to finally hit it off with Travolta. They got married in 1991 and shared a beautiful family together. However, recently, Travolta was forced to bid farewell to Preston as well after she lost her battle to breast cancer.