John Travolta says mourning is 'personal' experience 9 months on from wife Kelly Preston's death

Amy Johnson
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John Travolta attends G'Day USA 2020 at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel on January 25, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Sarah Morris/Getty Images)
John Travolta attends G'Day USA 2020 at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel on January 25, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Sarah Morris/Getty Images)

John Travolta has said mourning is a "personal" experience while reflecting on the topic of grief less than a year after the death of his wife Kelly Preston. 

The 67-year-old actor's spouse died in July last year following a private two year battle with breast cancer. 

He's said "experiencing your own journey" when it comes to mourning is what can lead to "healing". 

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"The most important thing you can do to help another when they are in mourning is to allow them to live it and not complicate it with yours. That's my experience," he told Esquire Spain, the Mail Online reports. 

John Travolta and Kelly Preston attend the
John Travolta and Kelly Preston attend the "Gotti" New York premiere at SVA Theater on June 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

He also divulged that he was focusing his efforts on helping his and Preston's children, Ella, 21, and Ben, 10, in making their own way in the world. 

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"I will ensure the future of my children, help them with what they want to do with their lives.

"It is what I do with Ella now with her films and teaching her to work in the profession. Ben is barely ten years old. I want to help him evolve because he has his whole life ahead of him," he shared. 

John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston, daughter Ella Blue Travolta (R) and son Benjamin Travolta in 2018. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston, daughter Ella Blue Travolta (R) and son Benjamin Travolta in 2018. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)

Following in her parents' footsteps, Ella is set to star in upcoming film Get Lost - a modern reimagining of Alice in Wonderland. 

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She also appeared with her father in a Super Bowl advert back in February.

The Saturday Night Fever star also experienced a tragic loss 15 years ago when his and Preston's eldest child Jett died in 2009 at the age of 16 from a seizure.  

Travolta recently shared a tribute to Jett on what would've been his 29th birthday.

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