Enquirer: John Travolta had a six-year affair with his male co-pilot in the 1980s

The National Enquirer has been going after John Travolta for years, so I was rather surprised when The Enquirer seemed to take a backseat in much of the reporting about Masseur-gate. The Enquirer always claimed that JT loved nothing more than a good, dirty spa boning, and that he’s had anywhere from six to fifty gay lovers. But once Masseur-gate came around, all the Enquirer came up with was a tepid report about Kelly Preston “leaving” John because she found out he was a “secret crossdresser”. Boring. Finally, though, The Enquirer is back in the game. This week’s issue apparently claims that Travolta had a six-year affair with his pilot (co-pilot?), Doug Gotterba.

The John Travolta sex scandal has exploded with a new report that the actor had a six-year gay affair with his pilot. Travolta and Doug Gotterba were lovers in the 1980s, according to Travolta’s former secretary and Gotterba’s ex boyfriend. The article is in the new issue of the National Enquirer, which hits newsstands Friday.

Joan Edwards was Travolta’s secretary from 1978 to 1994 and is the first ex-employee to publicly say the actor is gay. “I did everything for him, including taking care of his personal and professional schedules. Of course I knew he was gay. It never bothered me,” she is quoted as telling the Enquirer.

She also says she was aware of Travolta’s affair with Gotterba, who began working for the actor in 1981. “That’s how I met Doug. We both worked for John at the same time. Doug is a wonderful guy and we are still good friends. He told me that John was gay and they had a sexual relationship,” she said.

Gotterba is not quoted by the Enquirer about his relationship with Travolta. The tab says only that he confirmed his employment with the actor.

But Gotterba’s post-Travolta boyfriend, Robert Britz tells The Enquirer, “Doug told me right at the beginning of our relationship that he’d had a homosexual relationship with John Travolta in the 1980s. Doug said John was constantly grabbing at his genital area, but he put up with John’s sexual advances because working for him was ‘lucrative.’”

Britz also reveals that he was shown home video of Gotterba and Travolta in a hotel room. “I personally saw about two minutes of Doug’s home video showing John Travolta sitting at the end of a bed with his shirt off. There were plates of food in front of him. The video appeared to be shot in a hotel room. Doug made it clear that it was very lucrative for him to be what he called John’s ‘personal right hand man’ and homosexual partner,” he said.

But Britz says Gotterba told him the relationship with Travolta was too much and he became turned off by John’s “hairy body” and his weight gain between movies, which Gotterba said made him ‘huge.’

“After a few years, Doug grew apart from John sexually, and John’s advances eventually started to repulse him,” Britz said. “The relationship ended shortly thereafter.”

And while Travolta was peaking in his Hollywood superstardom status, author Wensley Clarkson claims his team scrambled to hide his homosexuality by setting him up on a date with 16-year-old starlet Brooke Shields.

“The supposed relationship reached a head when John was being interviewed by a magazine journalist and just happened to take two lovey-dovey phone calls from Brooke during the interview,” Clarkson wrote in his 1997 biography John Travolta: Back in Character.

“Close friends of John knew perfectly well there was no romance with Brooke. But the rumors certainly helped to improve John’s image.”

Gotterba, 60, now owns a private jet company out of Santa Barbara, California. John married Kelly Preston in 1991 and is fighting two lawsuits from masseurs who claim he became sexually aggressive with them during massages.

[From Radar]

Yeah. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if John had a years-long relationship with a male employee. And that’s what it sounds like, right? That’s not love or affection or anything – that John Travolta paying a dude to be his secret lover, at his beck-and-call. Plus, there’s even a photo of John kissing one of his employee/pilot-types on the mouth – go here to see.

But you know the part that surprised me? The Brooke Shields thing. Is this what made Brooke Shields an Enemy of Xenu? She had to beard for Travolta when she was just a teenager, and then she had the audacity to have postpartum depression, so Tom Cruise had to take her on publicly? Very sketchy. Now I’m worried about Brooke.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Lisa says:

    It tickles me when I see “no comments” under a story like this because nobody has posted yet. It just looks funny, like the online equivalent to crickets chirping.

    • CTgirl says:

      +1 What is there to really say? Anyone surprised? Anyone?

      • Blue says:

        Exactly. I don’t think anything said about John would surprise me at this point.

      • LindaLoo says:

        The only thing that continues to surprise me is that Celebrities think this stuff will never come out!!!!

    • TheFactR says:

      JT is a pig! Kelly makes women look stupid. She has to know her MAN is not faithful!

      Kelly likes to play the poor victim, for pitty.

      If JT is gay, just be gay and don’t bring in the women and the family to nasty things up more. Just go be gay, BUT Don’t molest anyone while you are being gay either.

      Sexual assault is assault no matter who the victim.

      I would take bets, Kelly will stay with the slimeball and play the victim forever more.

      • gg says:

        Where is she playing the victim? I think she’s stonewalling him and hiding out.

      • deep says:

        Kelly is in it for the lifestyle that John’s money brings. She doesn’t have to do anything but exactly what she wants to do. Expensive trips, jewelry, beautiful homes and cars, etc. She knows he is gay and hasn’t seemed to care. But, to save face she will eventually have to leave him. And..she’ll take a chunk of change with her as she walks out the door. I used to love him, but now he just makes me sick. Not because he is gay, that doesn’t bother me. It’s because he is a sexual abuser. And, that’s just disgusting. If proven so in a court of law..they need to throw the book at him. But, I am sure his money will buy him out of all of it. I believe the stories because if they weren’t true, John would be suing for slander left and right.

  2. Anonny says:

    Wait for it: all of these named people are going to be called gold-diggers, scorned former employees, resentful, [fill in the blank] by his attorneys.

    • TheFactR says:

      Yes but it out now that the public will forever know what a pile of crapy slime he is now.

      How do those celebrities think they can continue to assault ppl and no one will ever bring the story to light, JT got away with it for a very long time before it hit the fan (pun).

  3. Peach Dancer says:

    Oh that’s so funny, can’t stop laughing. I think it’s time for gay’s to admit and finally live their life they wish to. So ridiculous.

  4. really says:

    Jebus, this guy should just come out already.
    Xenu might reject him, but if done properly, he could be the new hero of the gay community. And it’s not like he’s playing romantic hetero leads these days, anyway.

    • TheFactR says:

      WTH, gay hero! HE assaulted them, it was not always mutual sex, it forced himself un-pleasantly I will add. That is no hero

      • really says:

        Firstly, I agree with you… if the allegations are true.
        Secondly, I meant that his powerful PR people could spin this such that he becomes a gay hero, given that he was such a hetero sex symbol in the 70s and early 80s. He could chalk up the predator stuff to the pressure of hiding from homophobia, etc…
        Again, this is *not* what I think happened, but it is one of many ways that he and the corporate press could spin it.

  5. Karen says:

    No one cares that you’re gay, John. What is disgusting are these allegations of you being a sexual predator. If they’re true, you should be punished.

    • Snarky says:


    • mln76 says:


    • MST says:

      Word. He should just give a press conference and come clean. If all these allegations are true, he’s almost as bad as Jerry Sandusky.

      • Jackie says:

        not quite. JS and the sexual abuse of young boys is very different. at least JT seems to stick to adults, and there are no accusations of rape.

        btw, i am in no way defending JT.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      That’s what bothers me most, I think. That, and him getting away with it for so long; and how the CO$ is providing the muscle for the heavy lifting, i.e. victim intimidation; attorneys bad-mouthing them; etc…

      • Maguita says:

        I agree!

        Times have changed tremendously. In the 70s and 80s, you were expected to put up with sexual harassment, or go away.

        Many, many ex-Hollywood hook-ups had started with unwarranted groping and harassment. You had choices:

        1-You put up with it
        2-You CONTROL IT, and take advantage of it (that is what this pilot has done)
        3-You fight it and most probably lose your job, and come to the realization that you are not made to work in such an environment.

        What surprises me still, is that John Travolta, with all his sexing everywhere with everyone, hasn’t already caught an incurable disease. His nonchalance towards casual encounters FOR DECADES is surprising.

    • gg says:

      Lying and living a false life is far “worse” news than simply being gay. He’s made life very difficult for himself, all because of LIES. Thanks again, $cientology.

    • Carolyn says:

      Cosign. I remember these allegations a few years ago. LOL that a lot of the QANTAS photos are being used on JT stories. Wonder if mgmt are peeved? Oh lordy JT should have just simply come out. He would have had a lot of support from people outside the LGBT community as well. And he wouldn’t have had to resort to assaulting people to get his kicks behind closed doors. Sad, really.

  6. lucy2 says:

    I could easily see all of this being true, and none of it is particularly shocking or surprising.
    Time for him to get a real (not COS) publicist, and his best bet for damage control is to just admit the truth, apologize for his wrong doings, and seek therapy/rehab – followed by a book deal or sobby sit down with Oprah.
    In no way does that excuse him if he has been assaulting guys all these years, but I could see a decent PR person urging that course of action.

  7. Jackie says:

    i think he loves the sneaking around, paying men to be at his beck & call, and all around sexual power tripping.

    i don’t get the sense coming out and living proudly as a bisexual/gay man interests him in the slightest. that wouldn’t get him off.

    it’s all about power and sex with this predator.

    • Lindy says:

      Huh, I hadn’t thought about it from that angle, but it does make some sense. Even if he *did* decide to just get comfortable with his sexual identity and come out openly, that still wouldn’t give him the thrill he seems to get from exploiting others and using his money and power to control others. In any case, he is awful.

    • TheFactR says:

      Exactly, nail on the head!

      It is not only the gay male sex partner thing, it is the POWER it gives him to be rough and tough with those males and the coming on to them when they are saying NO!

      It is ALL about the POWER TRIP with John T.

    • lori says:

      I agree!!

  8. QQ says:

    I like what Lainey said about this; that the one putting pressure and not wanting this to come out ( cause lets face it Travolta would be embraced!!) is Kelly; why? cause then it calls into question her gullibility or bearding abilities, the scientolocrap, and without john she wouldnt have the standard of living she’s had all these years

    • TheFactR says:

      Kelly plays the victim and likes it.

      Kelly has minor children, the $s she’d get to support them could take care of them pretty much.

      Women who like to play victims are really mentally unstable and need medical treatment for it.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      They’ve been married for over 20 years, have multiple joint properties and beyond-numerous assets, and two minor children.

      It’s not like she’d suffer much, lifestyle-wise.

  9. Loulou says:

    He probably gets off on the clandestine aspect of things, plus the power conferred by CO$ when they hunt down those coming out of the woodwork. It’s almost like that Edgar Hoover guy, some twisted power trip. Travolta would probably stop getting off if the whole thing became banal.

  10. Kaboom says:

    It would be interesting to see how Gotterba launched his business. It might be founded on a “parting gift” with a NDA attached.

  11. jess says:

    I could care less about John and kelly, I just feel bad for their kids.

  12. Mimi says:

    I’m much more concerned with the questionable nature of his eyebrows. They scare me.

  13. corny says:

    Wow, do you think he might be gay?

  14. fabgrrl says:

    Yeah, that Brooke Shields thing surprised me. She was SIXTEEN years old, and supposed to beard for someone? Someone a good TEN years older than her? Who in the h*ll thinks it’s okay to set something up between an underage girl and a fully adult man? And then, if Kaiser’s theory is correct, punishes her for it not working out?

    • lw says:

      Remember when she also bearded Michael Jackson back in the day? Methinks her Mama whored her out on every possible level.

      • Marjalane says:

        That’s exactly where I was going- The whole Michael Jackson/Brooke Shields thing makes the John Travolta thing very believable. I doubt if the “affair” with Diana Hylands was anything more than a deep friendship- Her being so much older than J.T. took the questrion of gay off the table for awhile. Keeping your reputation, (ha) in Hollywood is a strange game!

      • TheFactR says:

        Poor Brooke, what a disaster for your mom to whore you out as a teenager, it never really works to do that, everyoneknows MJ was gay

      • mln76 says:

        Re Diana Hylands didn’t he ‘confess’ to a secret affair AFTER her death so she could neither confirm or deny the truth of it? I think he just used the death of that poor woman as cover.

    • Piper7 says:

      sounds a little bit like how Katie Holmes was picked for Tom Cruise….

  15. Neelyo says:

    “Gotterba told him the relationship with Travolta was too much and he became turned off by John’s “hairy body” and his weight gain between movies, which Gotterba said made him ‘huge.’”


  16. dorothy says:

    Would love to be a fly on the wall at the Travolta house these days. Imagine the conversations he and Kelly are having.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      Imagine the conversations the CO$ is having with both of them!

    • TheFactR says:

      They aren’t, Kelly already knew and played the victim and will continue to play the victim and walk around the issues at home and together.

      Kelly is as bad as JT for those reasons and not thinking of the kids.

  17. sarahtonin says:

    I find this story sad. He should’ve been allowed to live his life openly from the beginning.

    The stupid thing is that most reasonable people wouldn’t care if a celeb was straight or not. A good actor can convince us s/he really is the character they are portraying anyway, so it shouldn’t matter who they go home with off camera.

    These stories are only newsworthy because they tried to hide it from us.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      I agree that it’s sad that, for a myriad of reasons (most of them $$$), JT felt unable to live his life how he wanted. But whatever his reasoning, this is the path he chose. No one MADE him join the CO$.

      What’s even more sad is the many people he’s gotten away with preying upon, just because of his status.

      Also, the operative word in your sentence is “reasonable.” I don’t know if you live in the States, but “reasonable people” are in short supply here lately.

    • TheFactR says:

      DON’T forget too JT forced himself on many or all of them. He assaulted them, maybe some were willing, but SOME were not willing and that is more than being gay that is a sexually violator!

    • sarahtonin says:

      Oh don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel sorry for him being a predator. That’s an entirely different thing. If he sexually assaulted someone then he should pay the consequences. That whole business is really nasty and has nothing to do with being gay, just as rape has nothing to do with sex.

      I just find it unfortunate that people have to live like this. There are plenty of people who would accept a gay actor. I don’t fantasise about stars and so I don’t care who they sleep with, it doesn’t affect me. There are plenty of like-minded people out there, in Australia at least.

      Anyway, his life of misery and discontent in the closet won’t balance the damage he has done to anyone who joined CO$ because he advocated it though. No sympathy there either, he can rot for that.

  18. TheFactR says:

    The GOOD NEWS is now: Everyone knows JT is a total slimeball with a horrible sexually sickness, assaulter, and unfaithfall marital partner.

    • sarahtonin says:

      Wow. Here I am trying to argue above that there are enough reasonable people out there to accept his sexual preference. I guess I forgot about all those intolerant Christians?

      • Jackie says:

        being a sexual harasser is a sickness, regardless of sexual orientation.

      • sarahtonin says:

        They are two completely separate issues that have little to do with each other.

        I am taking offence to someone suggesting being gay is a ‘sexual sickness.’ It has nothing to do with being a sexual predator, which, for the record, is also intolerable.

  19. Greta says:

    I believe the David Miscavige, the leader of the crime enterprise CO$ is controlling the leak of information. These people were kept under control for years. Why did the devious DM decide to let Travolta’s lifestyle become gossip fodder?
    When the Scientologists are involved, there is someone being destroyed, or a message being sent. Is it to Katie Holmes who is supposedly getting ready to exit her shammariage? I wonder?

  20. Lantana says:

    Did no one notice how unattractive that pilot guy is? Would JT seriously be doing him? Maybe he has a good personality I guess. I wouldn’t hit that.

  21. kiyoshigirl says:

    Scientology is clearly going through a rough patch during which major players are abandoning the organization. Unfortunately those who dare to escape risk the wrath of COS who’ve been known to sabotage and destroy the careers of its defectors. I have no doubt that COS has waged a campaign against JT. I do not doubt, nor do I care, that JT is gay. I do not doubt, and I do care, that JT has taken advantage of many young men over the years. I do think JT has committed many transgressions for which he needs to be held accountable, but to those he has harmed (civil or criminal), not to COS. COS is nothing but a cult whose sole purpose is to raise funds and control minds in order to do that. Hollywood actors who join COS know that its membership comes with MANY pros and MANY cons, but as young newcomers to the entertainment industry actors view COS as a major career advantage and are willing to put up with all the bullshit that it entails.

    For new COS members, the early months must be thrilling and full of possibilities. It has to be damned hard to turn down extravagant COS events at a Malibu beach house, or Mexican resort when you know some of Hollywood’s top talent will also be there. Unfortunately, years ago JT chose that route. He signed a pact with COS whereby he had to hide his sexuality. That set him up for a lifetime of lies and pretense. If he could have lived his life openly, free from the threats of COS perhaps he wouldn’t have acted out on his urges in ways that have been harmful to others? Unfortunately we will never know.

  22. Lem says:

    I can understand why & how Kelly committed to this relationship. She was very young -had just had her heart broken, not to mention her arm shot, whilst living through what could only be described as a horribly temultous relationship with Tiger’s blood Sheen, back when he was truly protected yet certifiable. As I see relationships like this .. after all that (and probably temporarily swearing off men as we all have been known to do) you get offered a nice gig with a safe, rich, celebrity. (She was always a social climber) Who is will treat you like a princess while sparing your sanity. At least at first .. and that’s how you get trapped.
    I dare say the same thing happened to SJP after RDJ and it makes you wonder who knocked up & tortured Katie for her to give her life over to Tiny Tom.

  23. Lem says:

    This new Terintino remade Travolta folks have no problem accepting as gay. Although, he does sound like a smarmy a$$. However that sweathog/ Saturday Night Fever Travolta would have not made the cut as a gay man. Different models, different generations, different attitudes.
    Eventually, and to some degree already these attitudes will change in Hollywood PR. As evidenced by NPH being thoroughly accepted and lauded and celebrated. Yet obvious closet cases, ie the gossip girl guys/ boy banders, no one quite trusts.

  24. deep says:

    As far as I am concerned, if these claims are proven true, John is a PIG! Plain and simple. He should be very ashamed of himself. He’s for sure in hiding. So is Kelly.

  25. Kim says:

    No duh. Everyone in Hollywood knows he is gay.

  26. Kim1 says:

    Isnt it interesting how all his celeb friends have been silent Kirstie Oprah Streisand?

    • deep says:

      Yes, it is interesting..the silence is deafening. From John to Kelly to all of his friends. If it wasn’t true, people, including himself, would be coming out to defend him. But, they aren’t because they can’t. Nobody cares if he is gay, it’s the predator part that is just sick.

    • mayamae says:

      Particulary the fellow CO$ Kirstie. Maybe the church has turned it’s back?

  27. Orange Cone says:

    Do you guys think JT is bisexual or straight-up gay??

    but this reminds me of when back in the days, Greek rulers had sex w/their slaves because it was about power and the slaves were just objects to be used and abused, but they didnt consider it homosexual. It was about power and entertainment, and it seems to me that JT is behaving this way. Also, how come I get the feeling JT thinks this is funny? (idk?)

  28. lmfao says:

    Ewwww. Is that the Gotterba guy in the above pic next to JT? And HE had the problem with a hairy, large body? Brother needs to take a glimpse in a mirror more often, damn!

  29. mayamae says:

    I just don’t get the draw to $cientology by gay men. They think you are evil fool!

  30. Francesca says:

    Oh yeah, this is good…

  31. Snowpea says:

    This is freakin’ hilarious!

    Is that old geezer in the last couple of pictures JT”s lover Gotterba? THAT IS HILARIOUS! And HE couldn’t cope with John being huge and hairy? Pot, meet kettle ; )

    Also, in the second last pic, John is holding up that model of a plane, but all I can see is a GIANT WHITE COCK!

    Please don’t judge me. I just have a very dirty mind ; )

  32. sparkle.burnout says:

    Ok, devil’s advocate here. What if he’s just a freaky dude with a non-traditional marriage? If he assaulted any of his alleged lovers, I have a big problem with that, and there should be consequences. However, if he and his wife are comfortable with their situation, I say live and let live. Why are all of these spa hook-up guys coming out of the woodwork so suddenly. I smell opportunistic jerks. If I was constantly in the public eye, I think I would keep my unconvential lifestyle as confidential as possible too. Just food for thought.