There’s no doubt that it’s been a very hard year for the Travolta family. After losing their son in January, they each as individuals seemed to fall apart. Understandably so. John Travolta couldn’t be seen, much less interviewed, except for driving a golf cart around his massive estate in the wee hours of the morning. Kelly Preston was supposed to give a talk in California about dealing with grief but bowed out because it was just too painful for her to talk about. But, as painful as it is for the Travolta family to slap on their happy faces and go out into the world, John and Kelly are willing to do it for their daughter, Ella.
The appearance was a surprise and was meant to show support for the debut of the family’s movie, Old Dogs, in which they all appear. But mainly, the star of this show is Ella, and John wanted to make that very clear at the debut. From People,
“Nine months after the death of their 16-year-old son Jett, John Travolta and Kelly Preston – with their daughter Ella Bleu – made their first public appearance together on Friday to promote their new Disney film Old Dogs.
Walt Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook introduced the family during a surprise appearance for fans at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif. Travolta led the way on stage, holding Ella’s hand, as the family helped Cook introduce the movie. All three appear in the comedy, which marks Ella’s big screen debut.
According to the Associated Press, Travolta told the crowd, “I always appreciate the audience’s love for me.” He continued: “I hope they love Old Dogs and much as we do, because I’ve got my baby in it.”
I can’t imagine how hard it must have been for the Travolta’s to step out and face the public. I commend them for doing so for the sake of their daughter. After all, it’s not every day that a little girl appears in a movie for the first time ever. This family is definitely one still in mourning and we again pass on our condolences to them. We also want to congratulate Ella on her first movie ever and hope that it will be a smashing success!
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