John Travolta threatened to walk away from CO$ & ‘marry’ a man in the 80s

John Travolta

This week’s issue of the Enquirer has a preview of Lawrence Wright’s new book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief, and we’ve already covered a bunch of stuff from this book about Tom Cruise and his hilariously misguided quest for the presidency, so now it’s John Travolta’s turn. John may very well be back on the CO$ wagon with bizarre claims of car-crash victim “assists”, and he also secretly longs to replace Tom as the public face of Scientology, but John wasn’t always so willing to be crushed under the alien-tentacled thumb of Xenu. In fact, Wright’s book claims that at one point — sometime in the early 1980s (the Urban Cowboy and Staying Alive era) — John was so fed up with Scientology’s intolerance of the gay lifestyle that he threatened to bolt and “marry” his male lover. Naturally, Xenu wasn’t having any of that nonsense, and since John is still with the cult, the rest is history. Here are the details:

John Travolta

John Travolta once threatened to turn his back on Scientology so that he could run off and marry his boyfriend.

That’s the outrageous claim made in an explosive new anti-Scientology book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright.

In the shocking tell-all, Wright alleges that a young Travolta had grown disenchanted with the church in the early ’80s but was afraid that officials would expose him as gay if he tried to leave.

Travolta, nthen the most prominent member of Scientology, had allegedly confessed his homosexuality during church-run “auditing,” or counseling sessions, according to the book’s author. And while the author states that the church was terrified their top member would be exposed as gay — long considered to be an “illness” by Scientologists — Wright believes they were prepared to destroy the actor’s rising career by outing him if he tried to defect.

Frustrated over being trapped, in one emotionally charged auditing session, Travolta threatened to walk away from the church and “marry” his male lover even though gay marriage was not legal at the time, former Scientology official Jesse Prince told Wright.

Prince claims he was the church’s second highest-ranking official when he left it after 16 years in 1992. “Because of my position, I knew specifically what was said in certain auditing sessions, and I can confirm that John Travolta once threatened that he was going to marry his boyfriend,” Prince told The Enquirer. “There’s no question (Scientology) had a lot on John’s gay activities and used it to keep him from leaving — and to keep him in line.

In the end, says another source, the church convinced Travolta that following through on his threat would NOT be in his best interest. He remained int he organization and eventually wed fellow Scientologist Kelly Preston in 1991.

Despite marrying a woman, Travolta, 58, continues to be at the center of gay scandals. In September, his former pilot Doug Gotterba told The Enquirer that he’d shared a six-year affair with the actor. And last spring, two male masseurs filed sexual battery suits against Travolta in federal court.

Although Travolta’s attorney vehemently denied the claims, several more men have since come forward with similar allegations.

[From Enquirer, print edition, January 28, 2013]

Naturally, the entire world (well, besides Kelly Preston and the rest of the CO$) seems to readily accept that John Travolta is gay, and it’s really not such a big deal that he likes men. Not a problem at all! What is a problem is that John apparently thinks it’s okay to assault other men instead of aiming for mutual gay encounters. That’s some pretty warped thinking. We’ve heard stories of his long-term, co-pilot lover, his spa-based dalliances, and that he’s got a very long list of male lovers. Sadly though, John would rather stay in the closet and sexually assault masseuses to get his rocks off.

In a certain respect, part of me wants to feel sorry for John as well as Kelly Preston for feeling like they need to live a lie in order to keep the CO$ happy enough that their audit files won’t leak to the press. But honestly, the public is learning so much about the evils of the CO$ that they’d likely find great sympathy if such leakage ever happened. And I can’t feel sorry for people who readily remain prisoners of a cult. These two are celebrities who could get out, but they’re just too afraid to confront the truth.

John Travolta

John Travolta

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  1. Riana says:

    I can’t really understand how someone finds themselves in such a cult anyway.

    The second I’m invited to someplace and they tell me to hold two metal prongs and tell them my life’s story I’m pretty much out the door.

    • Amelia says:

      Stability, maybe? Whatever the case, you’ve got to have some pretty big issues if you willingly join organisations like the Co$ (unless you were born into it … *shudder*)

    • j.eyre says:

      My friend checked out COS when she first got to LA and was looking for a religious outlet. She was scared off by their determination but she said she almost bit – they said everything she wanted to hear.

      It was the stalker-like phone calls to which she eventually said no.

    • Issa says:

      Didn’t Kirsti Alley introduce him to the religion? Usually people are recruited into these cults by other members. Plus if you’re recruited by a trusted friend, then it easier to believe the lie.

    • jess says:

      I believe that a lot of celebrities are drawn to CO$ because of the connections. I remember hearing from actor friends that it can really open doors.

      • LAK says:

        That’s what they used to say in the 90s and early 00s. co$ replaced AA meetings for making connections in Hollywood. It’s not so much that people believe in co$, simply that it’s a great networking opportunity.

        i think if ther bad PR continues, it will be abandoned and something else will take it’s place.

  2. Tilly says:

    He’s hideous.

    • Heebeegeebee says:

      He looks like the devil.

    • KellyinSeattle says:

      Yes, and his hair – Chi Chi Chi Chia….

      • akua says:

        like many others in hollywood, he’d look much better if he’d simply embrace the baldness instead of fighting it! (or in the case of women, and I guess some men too, embrace the wrinkles!)

      • nanster says:

        I was thinking that his hair looked like the hair of those old G.I. Joes of the late 60s, early 70s. Anyone else with me?

    • Snowpea says:

      HIDEOUS! And that HAIR! Is it sprayed on? It’s like
      Lego hair!

      • Just Jules says:

        LEGO HAIR – oh girl you just made my day! Laughed out loud cos its the perfect description for that hot mess on his head!

  3. lucy2 says:

    It’s a shame, had he left he probably would have been much happier instead of trying to create a life based on a lie. But no excuse for assault. I’m still a little stunned how all that got swept under the rug by the media.

    • poppy says:

      his life would be SO much better. he would have gotten out from under their thumb and brought attention to the fact this is an organization that uses blackmail and extortion to keep members. everyone would have been better off. it wouldn’t have hurt his career any more than he managed to do himself. by the time he “came back” with pulp fiction, nobody cared if he was gay or straight. for christ’s sake, it hasn’t hurt him too much that he is a freaking scientologist.

      the assault business is vile. like the business with his son. disgusting. forever on my sh*tlist because of his son. there is nothing he can do to redeem himself. putting your cult before the care and health of your own child? smh.

      maybe he should pull a lance armstrong?

    • RocketMerry says:

      Yep. Shoulda, coulda, woulda.

      Just get out of there, John, already!

    • wilkie.collins says:

      Was it the rug on his head that they swept it under, that thing is scary. The hair of doom, it will haunt my dreams.

  4. pinkheart says:

    hilarious,wish that had really happened in the 80’s

  5. Elceibeno says:

    Do you have be rich to be accepted in that church?

  6. says:

    That spray-on hair is really a mind control helmet engeneered by the CO$

    • Suzanne says:

      Does he look in the mirror and see the same thing we do? Seriously…that hair (?) looks like he took a Magic Marker and colored in his scalp! He really does come off as a creepy predator. She has got to be in denial…but hey…lots of people are.

    • mia girl says:

      Perfect! That is really the only viable explanation for the hair.
      It’s so God-awful, oh sorry in this case, Xenu-awful.

    • BooBooLaRue says:

      Best comment of the day!

  7. Post-Its says:

    I’m really curious to know if Kelly Preston accepts that John is gay and is just putting on a show, or if she is in complete and total denial.

    • poppy says:

      i doubt she cares. this is the classy lady that was engaged to charlie sheen until he shot her. she bearded her way up to john travolta. george clooney was in the mix. so i don’t think she cares. she is a professional.
      i don’t think scientology helped her career like she thought it would.

      • MJ says:

        Are you seriously blaming her for being in and getting out of an abusive relationship? I think these people are sad and ridiculous, but it’s not her fault that her ex is a psycho.

      • MJ says:

        Are you seriously blaming her for being in and getting out of an abusive relationship? I think these people are sad and ridiculous, but it’s not her fault that her ex is a psycho.

      • poppy says:

        no, i am not blaming her for being in and getting out of an abusive relationship. i agree with you she had nothing to do with charlie sheen being a horrible person.
        my point is she seemed extremely eager to cash in with ANY guy with money and connections.
        it wasn’t a secret at the time sheen was an abusive, drug addicted, child porn watching pos. maybe she thought he would change for her. she was young, desperate and ready to make it in hollywood. charlie sheen has a knack for picking out exactly her type. he preys on her type.
        it is unfortunate it took being shot to give her the push she needed but getting away from charlie sheen is the smartest thing she’s ever done.

        my point, less than a year after sheen, she was married to travolta. married. she didn’t really care who she was with as long as they could give her career a leg up.

        in no way do i condone how charlie sheen treats women and in no way did i mean she deserved it or was responsible for it. if my comment upset anyone, apologies.

  8. bopit says:

    any organization, and especially any religious sect that encourages repressing who you truly are is so sad and tragic :-/

  9. Nicolette says:

    Sphincter says what?

  10. Anne says:

    For some reason, I thought “grease lightning” when I saw his pic. Eww!

  11. fabgrrl says:

    I’d like to imagine that if John Travolta had married his love back in the 80s, then none of this assault would have happened. I’d like to think that Travolta is a good guy at heart but the pressure he has been under the last 30 years twisted him.

    Admittedly, I was a little kid in the early 80s, but I remember the homophobia. I think Travolta would have had NO career, other than a Liberace-esque one, if he had been out. Not that his career did too well anyway at that time, but he was still around and had goodwill.

  12. hopperlea says:

    Travolta is doing this on purpose. He is becoming the head queen and abusing men to p*ss off CO$. He is going to do everything and anything to make them kick him out and not the other way around. I think he wants to publically embarrass CO$. I am just waiting for Travolta to show up in full gay mode soon.

    And Kelly Preston is just a famewhore who will throw her children (all 4 of them) under the bus for her stupid cult.She is even more pathetic than JT is.

  13. Dawn says:

    I feel bad for John if this is true and I believe it is. Can you imagine living your life in secret for 38 years? How sad. It’s not too late, he can still walk away and he should from that cult. His family would be better for it in the long run.

  14. j.eyre says:

    I do how one logistical question, if I read this correctly: COS threatened to go public with his homosexuality if he married his boyfriend? Would that marriage have then been kept on the closet? Because if he swaps vows with a guy, I may have figured out the homosexual thing on my own.

    And if the marriage were to be kept secret – why marry him? It’s not legal nor known so what point was making?

    I don’t doubt the story is true, I just don’t understand it.

    • spugzbunny says:

      I think the threat was to release his much more personal and probably sordid audit files.

      I also sort of read that by threatening to leave, he must of wanted something in return. That return would be COS accepting homosexuality. They wouldnt at it sounds like he genuinely believes in COS therefore stayed and bearded it up.

  15. Cecada says:

    First Mel Gibson is exposed as a cheating, drunken, anti-semite and racist POS; now John Travolta is gay, which is nothing to be ashamed of – – but he rejects this about himself and suppresses it and harasses innocent men with it all for a deranged cult because apparently he’s a gutless turd. And yeah the whole “hair drawn on head with a Sharpie” thing is just heartbreaking. Oh, John… I guess if he cannot accept his own sexual orientation, why would he accept that he’s BALD?!

    I grew up with these guys; they were my heros. I don’t know how much more of this I can take. If Tom Hanks is ever exposed as some deranged nut of some sort, I think I may have to stop going to the movies altogether. Make it stop, please.

    • Trashaddict says:

      I’ve been feeling exactly the same way, very disappointed in so many actors I admired. Well, the acting business tends to attract this kind of person. I think the answer is, to enjoy their screen personas and not confuse that with who they really are. That being said, I will no longer watch/pay for any movies involving Woody Allen and Mel Gibson as I think that would be an endorsement of their crappy off-screen behavior. Unfortunately I think there will be more added to the list as time goes on….

  16. Asiyah says:

    I normally don’t comment about this but I feel that a huge reason why many of them stay in Scientology is because it gives them a sense of power (e.g. mind control) that no other organization, religious or otherwise, gives them. Scientology appeals to their inner egos and ish. So maybe it’s not that they are scared to leave because they don’t want to be exposed, maybe it’s an issue of realizing that their entire belief system of having these superpowers is complete BS and they’re really not deities of sorts. Maybe this is just me refusing to believe that some people are actually that scared to be caught. *shrugs*

    • Viv says:

      I think you are spot on. You have to be a bit self-absorbed to want to become a famous actor and constantly hearing at Co$ that you are a better being surrounded by degraded beings- if you just drink the Kool-Aid- might not seem too crazy to that person.

      You would need a rather strong and selfless character to admit to yourself and the world that either all that Co$ crap was a scam that you wasted tons of money on or it didn’t work on you because you are not worthy.

  17. Jocelyn says:

    Why do people assume he’s gay? He could be bisexual. Maybe he thought that he really could be committed to his wife when he first got married.

  18. Layale says:

    The first pic, the way his hair is, and where his head is positioned, it looks like little horns coming out of his head. Please John, we don’t care if you’re gay–but change your drawn-on hair! PLEASE!

  19. emma says:

    He must just get his kicks through being predatory, or others being predatory. Maybe he was assaulted in his early days and warped his brains to think that it’s hotter to be sneakier and a normal straight-on encounter wouldn’t be as hot.
    Kind of like George Michael.

  20. nikzilla37 says:

    I’m really amazed at how they keep the charade going.

  21. handsome man saved me from the monsters says:

    I’ll always like john Travolta, I feel sorry for him. Leave Danny alone!!!

  22. Rex says:

    Kind of odd that after his son died there were rumours about John Travolta feeling guilty about not treating his son with medication because he was (clearly) autistic, and then all of a sudden these gay rumours come out…

  23. Psyren says:

    His hair looks like astro turf.

  24. Decent says:

    not very nice pic of him

  25. JennBee says:

    He looks incredibly freakish but he seems to be happy to cash the checks that keep him in the closet.

  26. Abra says:

    How long has he been spray painting his hair on?