John Travolta on why his marriage works: ‘We have a great sense of humor’


John Travolta and Kelly Preston have been married for 25 years, which is pretty admirable. They’ve endured quite a bit during those 25 years as well to say the least. So when Travolta attended the Aviation Awards, Extra wanted to know what their secret was. Travolta said the main ingredient to their happy union is laughing.

John Travolta is still in love with wife Kelly Preston after 25 years together! 

While at the Aviation Awards in Beverly Hills, Travolta chatted with “Extra’s” Renee Bargh about his wife, saying, “We just have a great sense of humor about each other. You know we have the stress that everyone else has, but also there’s the moment… I don’t know why I’m laughing, but we have that ability to have good fun at each other, you know.”

The aviation enthusiast gushed about his children Ella and Benjamin, sharing, “They’re exceptional. That sounds like bragging… they are exceptional children. I really like them as people as much as I love them as a father.”

[From Extra]

I can co-sign all of this. All of my relationships have been heavily dependent on humor and I would certainly list it as a reason my marriage works. I recognize there is a great deal more speculation as to how the Travolta/Preston marriage actually works, however. Just my two cents but I do believe they love each other. I’m not discounting the rumors that follow Travolta like a bad smell. I’ve mentioned that I used to work with hotels. One of them was a favorite of the Travoltas. They always stayed in the same room and were seen truly enjoying themselves while on property. They were lovely to the staff, too. And she almost always left a few days before him. Legally, I think that’s all I can say. But they endured the greatest heartbreak parents can face when their son Jett died and stuck by each so I really don’t doubt that they are truly partners who have an arrangement that works for them. And my motto is, it may not work for me but if it works for them – great.

On a crueler note, I think it’s safe to say that the “good fun” Kelly has at his expense must, in large part, be due to that suffering wombat he uses as a wiglet.

Speaking of happy marriages, The Life and Death of John Gotti starring Travolta and Kelly and John and Victoria Gotti is (finally!) set to come out next year. You can see a publicity still of Travolta here. I grew up (at a safe distance) during the days of Gotti and his very existence scared the hell out of me so I am kind of interested in seeing this. I know the story will be Teflon-coated but I want to watch Gotti die a slow, painful death.




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  1. Clare says:

    You’d have to have a pretty great sense of humor to follow Xenu and Miscavige.

    • doofus says:

      yup…and I’m sure they laugh all the time about all the male masseurs that he has ALLEGEDLY sexually assaulted.

  2. Anna says:

    Their marriage is clearly open. He is bisexual and has relationships/encounters outside the marriage and it’s rumored she has boys on the side. Hey, whatever works. They seem “happy”.

    • Merry says:

      I dont think he is bisexual. A bisexual guy is no different than a straight one when it comes to sexual fidelity, in that they chose you out of all available options because you scratch every itch. Plus if he were bi, he would be cheating with both men and women.

      I believe he is gay. Gay men can and do have intercourse with women for babies and appearances but it never scratches that itch. So they spend their lives chasing men because they are never sexually fulfilled at home. I think Kelly is in love with him and I think he loves her as a man might love his best friend. I bet you she has written thousands of Knowledge Reports (Scientology word for selling your spouse out in writing) on him.

    • Rascalito says:

      They DO have a great sense of humour. John tells Kelly he’s straight, and they both laaaaugh and laaaaugh and laaaaugh! Lol just kidding, sort of. I’ve known many bisexual people in my life, and when guys are bisexual, they almost always tell me that with guys they just like sex, but with women they like sex and a relationship. For relationships, they pretty much always gravitate to women for that, and then just have sex on the side with other guys. It’s not that way for everyone bisexual of course, but that’s been an often recurring theme I’ve noticed in my conversations. And the girlfriends/wives almost always know all about it.

  3. kNY says:

    No words.

  4. minx says:

    She must not care, obviously.

  5. HoustonGrl says:

    I have always LOVED John Travolta, and I’m rarely a fan of anyone. His movies (Grease, SNF, and look who’s talking) made me laugh so hard when I was a kid. I also think he’s been great in more substantive roles.

  6. Mia4S says:

    I think they are great friends, absolutely. They made their choices and that’s fine.

    I will never be comfortable the way they denied their son’s condition because of Xenu’s BS. I will never be OK with that. And I will always wonder what if; if that poor boy had been receiving proper medical care and treatment.

    • S says:

      Co-sign. No clue how you allow ANY religious belief to come between you and your child’s health and well being. They’re far from alone in letting it occur, and in religions a lot more mainstream than Scientology, but I’ll still never, ever understand, as a parent myself, ignoring observation, day-to-day experience and gut instinct in favor of dogma.

    • Merry says:

      They also hired a Scientologist whose only work experience was in photography as caretaker to a boy who had a history of weekly seizures. This is the guy Travolta was later photographed kissing on the mouth, so he may even have been a lover secretly brought into the home for his own pleasures under the nanny guise.

      • Shambles says:

        Hot damn.

      • S says:

        Yes, because, if true, he’d be the first celeb (or father in general) ever to have an affair with the nanny.

        Religious denial of condition plus shunning medical treatment is the issue; not if dad was schtupping the caregiver.

      • Bridget says:

        The issue is him potentially hiring someone unqualified to care for his medically fragile child just to give them a convenient place in the home. That’s awful.

    • Agapanthus says:

      The terrible tragedy was about their son and there were some hideous rumours around the care he was given in accordance with CoS rules. Depending on how brainwashed they are by this cult, I would have thought they must have felt terribly guilty about his death.

      With regard their marriage, whatever works for them but isn’t CoS alleged to blackmail it’s celebrity members to support them, financially and otherwise, by compiling evidence of their ‘secrets’?

  7. Arock says:

    I guess you’d have to. Xenu, wigglets, Olivia newton john popping up every couple of years. The time here’s that whole sleeps with guys thing. Honestly, if they can rock it through all that (and all the crazy) with whatever deal they have, more power to them. But omg I’m still going to laugh.

  8. KBeth says:

    Or maybe it works because he’s gay & she doesn’t care.

    • NGBoston says:

      No one cares apparently but he and Miscaivage about lying and covering that one up. Oh, and Hollywood Movie Producers of course.

  9. Dani says:


    • lucy2 says:

      Ha, that was my first thought too. We should make a Sure, John meme too.

      Really though, I imagine they have a partnership and friendship, and that’s about it. I’ve also gotten the impression that she’s a true believer in COS and he’s sort of stuck.

      • doofus says:

        ” I’ve also gotten the impression that she’s a true believer in COS and he’s sort of stuck.”

        I agree with this. I think that he would LOVE to drop out of that cult but A) she’s a true believer and B) they have WAY TOO MUCH dirt on him.

      • Bridget says:

        Her terror and trauma after Sheen must have been epic for her to have turned down this path.

    • GingerCrunch says:


  10. QQ says:

    Meh! Let em be happy in their clearly Companionate Corny Xenu marriage

  11. Eric says:

    She must giggle at his Curious George-style hairline.

  12. paolanqar says:

    And you’re both brain washed by scientology.
    The lenght some people would go to pretend they’re happy is unbelievable.

  13. S says:

    My gut says that you’ve got a good handle on their marriage; and I agree 100% with the, ‘Wouldn’t work for me, but if it works for them, great.’

    I worked for a long time, very closely, with a minor sports celeb around whom rumors long swirled that his manager was actually his partner. Said celeb then married another, even higher profile, female sports star. The rumors persisted. But I can tell you, as someone privy to private moments, the kind of hotel stuff you mentioned, they always seemed to be a genuine couple, even though, right up until the moment they got together I firmly and totally believed, even without rumors, just by observation, that he and his manager were a couple (and thought it was no big deal). Fast forward almost 20 years and they’re still married and have kid(s). Would that kind of a marriage work for me? Nope. But I had no reason to think either of them are/were even slightly unhappy or “faking” their togetherness. So, yeah, if it works for them, God bless.

    All that being said, you just know that anyone asking Travolta about the “success” of his marriage for an interview quote is, at least slightly, trolling.

  14. NGBoston says:

    Oh, John. Not that anyone cares, but you are a closeted bi-sexual with gay preferences and the tendency to have been enjoying the company of younger males throughout a great part of your career and marriage.

    So, to me- your marriage is open at best and a total fraud. No one is fooled.

    Still like him as an actor, but any person who kisses the ass of DM on the daily loses great respect in general. Serious side eye to Tom Cruise as well. I think she did IVF with a surrogate donor and who even knows if Suri is truly Tom’s biological child. That marriage was also a huge sham. HUGE. Same with Kidman.

    • Winter says:

      I don’t think Kidman relationship was a sham he wasn’t in xenu for 10 yrs when they were together now Katie Holmes definitely a sham relationship but.I do think he is suir father evident by Nicole miscarriage she wanted the exposure and fame so she really can`t be surprised that by his actions now or then kelly and jhon have a relationship that works for them and a clear understanding of things.

  15. Shambles says:

    You know it’s getting fun when someone says “Legally, I think that’s all I can say.” ;)

  16. Gisele says:

    They do seem to love each other, but it seems to be as friends rather then romantic partners. They obviously have an arrangement that works for them and that’s their business. They also both come across as truly sweet people. What I can’t accept though, is that because of the cult they belong to, they took their son off of his seizure medication and he died while having a seizure, They denied the fact he had autism as well because Scientology claims that autism doesn’t really exist and that they can audit the symptoms out of the person. I read an article about their family over a decade ago and you could tell the writer found their family life disturbing. It mentioned how Jett slept the entire time he was there, even though it was an entire day. John bragged that the whole family stay up all night and sleep all day. Ella would have beeb about 3 at the time. Not exactly a healthy life for a toddler. That’s a really screwed up way to raise children, but then again, Scientology doesn’t believe infants and children should be treated any differently than adults are.

  17. Ellie says:

    Guess you have to be if you want to stay married to a gay man. Oops, sorry honey, wrong hole LOL

  18. jana says:

    Good sense pf humor? Only a clown would believe and follow Scientology, John. I don’t know what that crazy ass cult has on you, but it must be a doozy.

  19. holly says:

    “We have a great sense of humor” yes, we can tell that just by looking at your rug

  20. Rubber Ducky says:

    At least we know both of them must laugh at his wigs.

  21. Jenny says:

    Share a great sense of humor but not the marital bed=happy, long-lasting “marriage”. Good job, John, good job finding such a fun beard!