John Travolta’s daughter Ella, 21, penned a sweet tribute to him on Father-Daughter Day on October 10. In the tribute, Ella shared a photo on Instagram from her appearance with John, 67, on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
“Happy Father-Daughter Day to my hero, my best friend,” Ella captioned the post. “I love you so much, Daddy.” John shared the same image on his own Instagram account for the holiday, captioning the post, “Happy Father-Daughter Day Ella! I love you more than words can express!” The sweet photo is from the duo’s press tour for their 2019 crime thriller film together, Poison Rose.
John Travolta is also a dad to Benjamin, 10, with his late wife Kelly Preston, who died at the age of 57 from a two-year battle with breast cancer. The actor recently opened up about his struggles with parenting after Kelly’s death in a candid conversation on Kevin Hart’s Hart to Heart in August.
The Hairspray star recalled a discussion he had with his son Benjamin about mortality following Kelly’s death, revealing that his son had told him that “because mom passed away, I’m afraid you’re going to.”
I said, ‘Well it’s a very different thing.’ And then I went through the differences about my longevity and in her limited life,” John told the comedian, explaining that he told his son that death is a part of life. “Nobody knows when they’re going to go or when they’re going to stay. I said, ‘Your brother left at 16 — too young. Your mother left at 57.”
John and Kelly also shared the late Jett, who died at the age of 16 in 2009. Their eldest son, who had autism, passed after he suffered a seizure at the family’s vacation home.
“That was too young. But who’s to say?” John continued. “I said I could die tomorrow. You could. Anybody can. So let’s look at life, that death is part of life. You see, you don’t know exactly. You just do your best at trying to live the longest you can.”