John Travolta on his marriage: “Our church does a lot to help us keep together”


These are new photos of John Travolta, Kelly Preston and their baby Ben, all in Paris over the weekend, presumably for a little Father’s Day vacation. Ordinarily, I might not care, but I haven’t seen photos of Ben since he was a newborn, and I enjoy seeing the little guy. Ben didn’t get John’s striking coloring, did he? I guess Ben is going to end up fair, like his mom. Sure. I’m also having some sock-lust with baby Ben – I absolutely love his itty-bitty striped socks here:


How cute are they?!? I want the socks. Y’all can have the baby, I’m over here having a moment with the socks.

Anyway, before they set off for Paris, John did an interview with Extra and he discussed the state of his marriage and how Scientology brings the closer together: “Communication is number one, but our church does a lot to help us keep together. When we have issues, we go settle it up. Almost every six months we go and do a retrofit of what we are thinking, what we need and want and we match it up with what the other needs and wants… If you don’t do that you kind of get stale a little bit. Certainly our children have kept us tied together.” I wish I was making these quotes up. My take is that John truly loves Kelly (I believe it), BUT he also loves dong. And it’s a deep love, and if it weren’t for Scientology, the love of dong might win out. That’s my “translation”.

John also discussed baby Ben: “Oh my gosh he’s amazing. He is so bright, cute, healthy and wonderful. He has a smile for everybody, he brightens everybody’s day. He’s quite a baby. He’s starting to crawl, he’s just wonderful.” Ben is a little cutie.




Photos courtesy of Pacific Coast News.

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  1. Hooblie says:

    “our church pays her off not to look at my photos of sauna sex with hot young men”….

  2. Devon says:

    Ben is really cute and seems to have gotten the Travolta baby blues. I agree Kaiser, I think that John does love Kelly but these “retrofits” are getting him to stop thinking about penises. Sucks that he can’t just be who he is but if it’s working for them, but to each their own.

  3. Hanh says:

    I always thought they had another kid to try to take the focus off Travolta’s press problems. Very sad.

  4. KJ says:

    I’m sure the Church does do a lot of keep them together. I mean, why would an org, who’s false prophet/founder that wrote down his belief that homosexuality is a deviant lifestyle, want one of their most prominent and vocal members to continue on in a marriage that is nothing more than two friends with a peculiar ‘arrangement?’

    EDIT: And the funny thing is, Travolta can most certainly be who he is. It’s a very, VERY poorly guarded secret in Hollywood that he trolls these spas for dick. As long as he smiles with Kelly (who I’m sure he does love as the mother of his kids, but not in a heterosexual way) and has his nice family and flies his silly planes and talks about how great the Scientolocult has been for them, he can do what he wants. I don’t think he’s being told not to act on those desires like a lot of traditional Christian churches would want gays to do. I think he just lives the family life and gets his on the side when he wants to.

  5. Rita says:

    Little Ben is sure growing fast and yes, what a cutie. Also love the socks.

    As for John’s comments, I don’t find love in them at all. Basically, he’s saying they take the marriage in for a six month tune-up. Where’s the “I love my wife and because I do, we make sure we get periodic counselling to keep things fresh”. Instead he says the church and the kids have keep them together.

  6. normades says:

    I really feel sorry for that man. He seems to be begging to be let out.

  7. RHONYC says:

    will she too be carrying him around with his blankie when he’s 5 years old?

    just askin’. ;-)

  8. Boo says:

    “our children have kept us TIED together” –yeah, telling choice of words, there, Johnny.

  9. Lucky Charm says:

    “our church does a lot to help us keep together”
    - of course it does. No one should have to put up with what the COS makes their (cult)members go through…

    I wonder how the COS would spin it if the Travoltas and Cruises lived next door to each other and a secret underground tunnel connecting them was discovered, lol!

  10. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    There aren’t any pics of John with men in a sauna Hoobie. There really isn’t too much proof he is gay but people decided he was gay and branded him as such. Their son really is adorable. Love the 2nd pic of him.

  11. mln76 says:

    Sorry Love Angelina I have heard personal accounts from gay men who work in spas JT makes no secret of his preference for men. Like normades said he’s pretty much begging to be let out of his closet. I feel bad for him because unlike Tommy-boy I think he’s got a good heart. I for one would be the first one to applaud him for coming out of the closet and exposing the hypocrisy and corruption of Scientology in Hollywood.

  12. Katie M. says:

    The little guy is very cute, and I like his little outfits! Regardless of his parents personal lives, they both seem to dote on their child. That’s really all that matters.

  13. wondertrash says:

    any religion that permits smoking can’t be that bad.

  14. Whatever says:

    My take is that John truly loves Kelly (I believe it), BUT he also loves dong.

    This is my take too. I can see why he keeps up the charade, but I’ll NEVER understand why she agrees to it. The baby is cute and I think he looks like John. Either the fake pregnancy rumors are false or they definitely used his sperm.

  15. your mama says:

    True @ mln76, that is alas what happens to undercover sexual orientation stars who think no one will ever tell. There are people who are not attracted to them and turn down their offers – then they tell the press and/or friends b/c why wouldn’t they if JT or the like had just hit on them.

    It’s sad that stars have to still hide their sex. prefs in H’wood. When will they realize that no one even cares anymore. Seriously? Who still even cares if JT is straight, bi or gay?

  16. Jessie says:

    Kaiser-My son has those socks! I can send you an extra pair for you to moon over! Lol

  17. gossip girl says:

    Kelly knows all about John’s preferences. The church hooked them up in order to tamp down on the rumors that Travolta is gay. Supposedly, she has her own boyfriend and that’s how they keep happy with the show.
    Does anyone else think that kid looks nothing like either or them? Why is it that the Scientology pregnant women don’t sprout double chins or fat asses?
    Also, I have some “proof” Travolta is gay. My friend was at Disneyland after John’s star faded post Look Who’s Talking. John grabbed my friend’s ass. My male friend’s ass. My friend was 15 at the time.

  18. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    Well mln76 they could be lying. My problem with people branding John gay, and being so adamant about it is that there is no proof. For a man like John Travolta, who is very famous, you know his face when you see it, you know his voice when you hear it, to be cruising spas looking for gay sex and not one person has a sherd of evidence of it, no texts, no nothing…it makes me not jump on the John is gay bandwagon. I like evidence. However without any I feel like people are unnecessarily saying things about a man with a wife and children that most likely would upset the wife and child. To me thats really wrong of people.

  19. Darlene says:

    Anyone else seen this blind item?

    This Hollywood power couple is at the breaking point on many subjects, including kids, money, and sex. Their entire domestic situation is built on a foundation of lies, and after several rough years, he has had a change of heart over how he wants to live his life. Of course, she is now completely freaking out, as even one revelation about kids OR money OR sex will bring down the entire house of cards. But how do you punish someone who is willing to expose all his own secrets? It looks like the child/ren will wind up being the weapon/s of choice in the upcoming face off.

  20. the original bellaluna says:

    Yes, the “church does a lot to help us keep together”: like paying off my side-pieces so they don’t go to the tabs; sending me on men’s “spa” vacations and “golf” vacations; convincing Kelly to look the other way because she loves me…you know, all the usual things a church does!

    @ gossip girl – EWWW. He grabbed your 15 year old friend’s ass?!?! That’s nasty in and of itself, because your friend was only 15. Add that to him being married, and that your friend was a guy. Please tell me your friend slapped the taste out of his mouth.

  21. Bill Hicks is God says:

    I pity Travolta. He needs to run like hell from that cult, come out and they can both get on with their lives and drop this charade. Kids aren’t stupid either and they know when their parents are not happy. Mind you, growing up in $cientology their frame of reference is distorted.

    @gossip girl: What a pig thing to do.

  22. Thea says:

    John needs to come on out of the closet. And if he wants to stay married, heck stay married. Same difference, he is doing it already. I am sure he has feelings for kelly, and has a companion. So why not just say he is bisexual and be done with it and she is okay with his extra curricular activities. He looks miserable. And he needs to get out of that COS.

  23. Sloane Wyatt says:

    John is openly telling the public that he’s in a marriage that the ‘church keep[s] together’, and ‘we go settle up’ ‘every 6 months’.

    Travolta is nothing if not a skilled actor and he knows exactly the message he’s openly telegraphing the public. ‘Folks, the church has tied me to a marriage against my will and every 6 months Kelly and I renegotiate our contract with each other and settle up with $$$$cientology.”

    The guy is blatantly putting it right out there!

  24. Sandra says:

    The thing is that the “”"church”"” of Scientology is extremely poweful in Hollywood. Cruise, Smith, Lopez, Travolta…. are just the visible tip of the iceberg.
    Travolta knows that he comes out, he’s f*cked professionally but not only…

  25. MikeyAngel says:


    Do most of the guys you know casually kiss other guys like this? Seems suspicious at the very least.

  26. girlindisguise says:

    I wish he would just come out of the damn closet. He’s already most of the way out all ready. I’m sick of their fake smiles and pretending that they are a real couple. I’m sick of Tom & Katie’s act too.

  27. REALIST says:

    But, their personal relationship and whatever arrangements they have made with regard to his alleged homosexuality=their business.
    I know both of them, especially John, were devoted to Jett, and losing him was a horrible tragedy (with a nurse there-no comment).
    They look happy now, so let’s just let them be happy before the claws come out.

  28. Luls says:

    He’s a very sweet man. And she’s a lovely woman I’m sure.. They lost a son already.. Can anybody imagine the strain that put on them all as a family and as individuals? I wish people would stop speculating about their personal lives. It’s nobodys business.

    And given that there is no proof about any of these accusations, its simply very mean to continue to speculate.

    Everybody jumped on the wild ‘pillow baby’ accusation until we saw the pics of Kelly on the beach post-birth. And we were proven SO wrong. Which shows that we really DON’T know what goes on behind closed doors..

    It looks like they are finally happy after the birth of their new son. So people, show some respect & leave them be.

  29. MikeyAngel says:

    #30, this is a gossip site, that is what we do…

  30. Ladybird83 says:

    I don’t think it would hurt his career to come out of the closet. So he’s a gay man who is married with kids. He has his side activities and I am sure she does too. I’m sure that was an understanding from the very beginning and that is THEIR business. Point being one persons idea of love and marriage may not be another’s. You can feel sorry for Kelly but look at the lifestyle she lives, it’s not possible without John.

  31. mln76 says:

    I get it Love Angelina but the people who told me these stories did so BEFORE the NE story and they weren’t bragging because they have many more high level clients.

  32. gossip girl says:

    From a Time Article archived on operation clambake
    “Sometimes even the church’s biggest zealots can use a little protection. Screen star Travolta, 37, has long served as an unofficial Scientology spokesman, even though he told a magazine in 1983 that he was opposed to the church’s management. High-level defectors claim that Travolta has long feared that if he defected, details of his sexual life would be made public. “He felt pretty intimidated about this getting out and told me so,” recalls William Franks, the church’s former chairman of the board. “There were no outright threats made, but it was implicit. If you leave, they immediately start digging up everything.” Franks was driven out in 1981 after attempting to reform the church.

    The church’s former head of security, Richard Aznaran, recalls Scientology ringleader Miscavige repeatedly joking to staffers about Travolta’s allegedly promiscuous homosexual behavior. At this point any threat to expose Travolta seems superfluous: last May a male porn star collected $100,000 from a tabloid for an account of his alleged two-year liaison with the celebrity. Travolta refuses to comment, and in December his lawyer dismissed questions about the subject as “bizarre.” Two weeks later, Travolta announced that he was getting married to actress Kelly Preston, a fellow Scientologist.”

  33. newtsgal says:

    I don’t think it would hurt to come out either….NPH is a openly gay man, i just started watchin HIMYM and he is totally believable as a straight womanizer. I grew up watchin JT and it would not change the way i look at him….not one bit!
    That being said I do believe that it is that “church” that has him believing it would be bad for his career

  34. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    @MikeyAngel Their lips aren’t touching, they’re pulling apart mid hug and whatever tabloid this came out of conveniently labeled it as a kiss. There are also only these 2 pics. The inset one where they are hugging and the one where they are pulling apart. If they were kissing I would certainly have included a pic where at the very least their lips actually touch.

  35. Pyewacket says:

    I don’t think anyone in the public eye owes it to us to disclose personal details of their sex lives. If he is a closeted gay, then that is between him and those in his family, and if they want to go along with the lie, that is their business.

    The baby is cute, and I love his little sweater! Looks so soft. Where’s Ella?

  36. fannomore says:

    That’s why they call it hollyweird but by all accounts they are very charitable couple, he was one of the first after Katrina to fly in person and actually help.

  37. gossip girl says:

    @fanmore: Yes, John flew in with the supplies and a contingency of Scientology workers. They handed out water and proselytized the people who needed the water. Water is water but it shouldn’t come with a price attached.

  38. Mama Chihuahua says:

    I think that John should do whatever is best for himself and his family. And don’t forget that if he came out, it wouldn’t only affect his life, but his kids’ lives as well. I think that everyone’s welfare should kind of impact his decision.

  39. Mama Chihuahua says:

    Gossip girl, I completely agree 100 percent about water not coming with a price but sadly MANY religions proselytize when handing out supplies. I guess they figure that since they’re paying for the supplies, it’s their right to do so but I do wish they wouldn’t. People’s hearts and minds – and what they choose to hold dear there – should be respected and not attempted to be swayed by dire need.

  40. Lady Satan says:

    Does no one ever consider that they may indeed be happily married, as JT is not gay but bisexual?

    JT and wife may very well have an “arrangement” in that he is able to have his life with her and his men on the side. It does happen.

    In any case, gay or bi, I just feel bad that they can’t simply be open about it.

  41. gossip girl says:

    A friend of mine who works on movie sets says it is well known that Travolta demands to have his long term partner on set with him. As reported by ENTY (not always a reliable source) Kelly has her own boyfriend. They may be great friends, they may have a marriage of convenience.
    She also reports that he and his family are completely nocturnal.

  42. AussieGirl says:

    I’ve been a reader of lots of gossip sites and reading this morning, I’m really in love with how most of you dissected this item. Not nasty, not spiteful, just looking at the gossip with a clear eye. I’m a fan.

  43. Rebecks says:

    With all do respect, anyone doubting Mr. Travolta’s sexuality need only recall the Hairspray remake from a few years ago. Mrs Doubtfire he was not.
    The evidence being provided by men who were propositioned by travolta is circumstantial evidence, you really don’t need photos to piece together what is altogether obvious.

  44. jocular says:

    @Gossip girl I’m afraid I take your ‘a friend of’ reports with a big pinch of salt. I find it very unlikely a grown man would grab a teenager in a public place (Disneyland, no less!) in broad daylight, that’s crazy behaviour for any civilian let alone an actor. In fact I don’t know ANY gay man who would do so. It sounds like folklore and that homophobic stupidity where people think gay men can’t control themselves, backs against the wall, blah, blah etc etc..
    I have no idea if he’s gay or not, though the photos seem to lean towards it being a yes, but he shouldn’t have to come out if he doesn’t want to and unfortunately it WOULD harm his career. Rupert Everett gave an extensive interview and wrote a book where he admitted that coming out as gay harmed his Hollywood career and it doesn’t surprise me. Hollywood is steeped in hypocrisy and rooted in money, bankable stars are gods, they wouldn’t risk offending middle America/conservatives and hence harming ticket sales by actually putting an out and proud man in a big budget family/action film. So its a shame for him if the longstanding rumours are true and he has to live a lie. However it is his choice to be a scientologist so he’s probably so brainwashed it doesn’t matter too much anyway.

  45. Lady D says:

    I’m with Love Angelina, where are all the texts, pictures, videos of him with another guy? In this day and age cameras are everywhere. The Vancouver cops have received over 1 million pictures of rioters alone. They also have hundreds if not thousands of videos also. OT… speaking of Van, you Americans need to take very good care of Timmy Thomas. As a fanatical (and heartbroken) Canuck fan I can only say he is a national treasure that man.

  46. Crystalline says:

    I can see why he wouldn’t want to come out as gay or bi, especially since a part of the scientology business is spilling all your secrets to them. If it goes back as far as has been rumored, there could be a legitimate backlash over him having a fake marriage to cover it up and scientology would most likely release all information with their anti-gay stance. There has been backlash before over similar circumstances–just take a look at all those wonderful Oprah specials where she rips into couples who mutually decide to be open or are bisexual (if this is their arrangement) or gay partners who used the marriage as a cover. On the surface, it seems like its safe for him to come out, but scientology does hold the cards here that could affect how the public perceives it.

  47. Lady D says:

    I’m with Love Angelina, where are all the texts, pictures, videos of him with another guy. In this day and age cameras are everywhere. The Vancouver cops have received over 1 million pictures of rioters alone. They also have hundreds if not thousands of videos also. OT… speaking of Van, you Americans need to take very good care of Timmy Thomas. As a fanatical (and heartbroken) Canuck fan I can only say he is a national treasure that man.

  48. the original bellaluna says:

    @ jocular – Obviously, you’ve not been to Disneyland. Yes, they have cameras. Yes, they have “normal-lookin’ folk” as security. But until you’ve been there on any holiday (or during the Christmas holidays – my daughter danced in the holiday parade) you’ve no idea how “anonymous” it can be. When you arrive upon opening and leave upon closing, and only manage to ride 4 rides…well, that’s a pretty good environment for “discretion.”

  49. Danziger says:

    you know, just for the argument’s sake, there are people here who think John’s gay, right? That he likes cocks instead of kitties?
    See I’m always wondering, why can’t a man be a bisexual, whereas when a woman pulls the same trick, they’re totally bi?

  50. jocular says:

    ok @ the original bellaluna then he did it.

  51. Delta Juliet says:

    @ Lady D

    As a lifelong Bruins fans, I totally agree with you. In fact I would love to take care of Tim Thomas personally <3

  52. gg says:

    “John Travolta on his marriage: “Our church does a lot to help us keep together””

    Yeah, John, WE KNOW. They force a LOT of things. :roll:

  53. Tiffany says:

    They are married still because it is good for the COS. Period.
    As one who knows how COS works from family history, believe me, these stars are good for the church, and they pay a ton of cash for audits that clear them of “deviant” behavior.
    I still don’t get the big deal with being gay. Is anyone going to look back and think Tony Manerro wasn’t sexy? I don’t think so.

  54. Mingo says:

    Oh no! The “Church” of $cientology would NEVER try to $upre$$ bad publicity from their ca$h cow!

  55. LunaT says:

    The kid is adorable. His parents are full of sh!t. I’m not saying JT needs to tell everyone about who he has sex with, but, c’mon, he married the woman who said Charlie Sheen’s gun went off when it feel out of his pant’s pocket. If someone believes these two have nothing going on other than a perfectly hetero, honest marriage(I mean honest w/other people, not each other), I got a bridge I wanna sell ya.

    As to why there isn’t photographic evidence? Um, the guy has a ton of $. I’d bet more than just a bit of it has gone to pay off anyone who has evidence JT isn’t down w/the ladies.

  56. fanci says: