Actress Kelly Preston and her son Ben are gracing the cover of the latest issue of Health magazine. In the accompanying interview, Preston talks, among other things, about the 2009 death of her son Jett and how Scientology has helped her cope with the grief.
Kelly and husband of many years John Travolta have always been very vocal supporters of the Church of Scientology, even saying at one point it was what kept them together for so long.
After praising CoS and its practices (much vilified in the press) for helping her deliver baby Ben into the world some time ago, Kelly is now saying it also helped her move past Jett’s death.
“To be honest, [it was] the Scientology Center. I don’t know if I would have made it through without it,” the star says of the help she received in the aftermath of her son’s tragic death.
Jett, who was 16 when he died, suffered from autism and was often prone to debilitating seizures. While the family was on vacation, he was found unconscious on the floor of the bathroom, and pronounced dead shortly afterwards, when an ambulance arrived on the scene.
After that tragic episode, Kelly and John had almost lost all hope of having another child, though they had been trying for another for years.
And then, the miracle happened, Kelly recalls.
“We [had been trying] for quite a few years. When I found out I was pregnant, I was floored. I’d snuck out of bed and then came back and woke Johnny up in bed. We both started crying. It was wonderful,” she says.
It wasn’t just that a new baby was what they’d wanted for years – Kelly knew she wanted to be a mother since she was just 11, she says.
Back then, she would do television commercials and make a good buck, but she still baby-sat for $3 an hour just because she liked to be surrounded by children, Preston explains.
More on the interview here.