John Travolta is the delighted father of three children: Jett, Ella, and Benjamin, who died as a child. Here’s where you can learn more about them.
John Travolta, 67, is not only a well-known actor in the entertainment sector, but he is also a loving father. Before his wife Kelly Preston died in 2020, the Grease star had three children with her and has shown fans snippets of their relationship over the years. His family comprises his first child, Jett, his daughter Ella, and his youngest son Benjamin.
Find out more about John and Kelly’s children below.
Jett was born in Los Angeles, California on April 13, 1992. According to WebMD, Kawasaki syndrome is “an condition that causes blood vessels to become inflamed,” and John and Kelly were extremely open about his autism. Kelly reportedly remarked in an episode of The Doctors in 2012, “He was autistic, he had seizures, and he had Kawasaki syndrome when he was very small.” Jett passed away in 2009 at the age of 16 after having a seizure at his family’s Bahamas vacation house.
Following his death, John and Kelly made it a point to share his story with the public and post images of him on social media, particularly on big events like his birthday. Kelly paid him a touching homage on the 10th anniversary of his death, which featured a loving message. “To my darling love, Jett… you will always be in our hearts,” she wrote beside a photo of her kissing John. “All of the beautiful autistic children and the great families that adore them receive my affection. May we all shine and treat children with unique needs with love and respect.”
Ella was born in California on April 3, 2000. When she was nine years old, she made her acting debut, following in the footsteps of her parents. It was in a part opposite Robin Williams in Old Dogs, and she went on to star in John’s film The Poison Rose in 2019. In 2021, she also starred in Get Lost, a live-action version of Alice in Wonderland, and John proudly shared a photo of her in costume with a loving note on Instagram. “This is my daughter Ella, who plays Alice in Wonderland in a live-action remake! I’m a proud father since it’s called “Get Lost.” ” he penned.
Ella spends time with her family when she isn’t working on her acting CV, and she frequently tweets images of herself with her father and younger brother Benjamin. She also frequently pays touching tributes to Jett and her mother, Kelly.
Benjamin is John and Kelly’s youngest child, born on November 23, 2010. He’s already been in the spotlight with his parents, making his red carpet debut in May 2018 at the French premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story. He enjoys playing a variety of sports while he is not in front of the camera. “Like all the kids, he’s into gymnastics, tennis, fishing, and the computer world,” John told PEOPLE in August 2019.
The gifted pre-teen also adores dancing, as seen by his appearance in a few dance videos with his father. When they had a chat about death after his mother died, John said that his youngest son seemed to have a serious side and that he taught him a lesson about living and being grateful. “’Does 30 years ago feel like a long time?’ he asked.
‘Yes,’ I replied. ‘Don’t you believe you have 30 years left in your life?’ he asked. ‘I do,’ I replied. I have at least another 30 years in me.’ ‘What’s wrong with that?’ he asked. In August 2021, John explained on Hart to Heart. “A ten-year-old is telling me that!” It shifted my perspective.”