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Kelly Preston: Scientology Got Me Through My Son's Death


While her husband, accomplished pilot John Travolta, may fly through the air with the greatest of ease, Kelly Preston apparently has found a formula for staying grounded.

Asked how she coped with the death of 16-year-old son Jett from a fatal seizure in 2009, Preston, 48, tells Health magazine for its September issue: “To be honest, [it was] the Scientology Center. I don’t know if I would have made it through without it.”

She adds about life’s lessons she’s learned, “Don’t sweat the small things. Love your kids like it could be the last moment.”

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Mother to daughter Ella Bleu, 11, and son Benjamin, born last November, Preston says: “I’ve always wanted to be a mother, ever since I was 11.”

As an actress starting out, she recalls, “I was doing commercials for thousands of dollars, but I’d still babysit for $3 an hour just because I loved it.”

Kelly Preston

Speaking of her past, Preston discusses her liberal upbringing, and says, “There was this fallacy in Hawaii, where I grew up, that pot’s not addictive, and that it’s natural, and all this other B.S.”

But today, she says, “I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t do drugs. I’ve done all of that. And now, I live a really clean life.”

As for life with John, Preston tells Health, “I’ll be sitting there [in our Florida home] doing something really normal with the kids and then all of a sudden I hear, ‘Whoosh!’ and see the lights of the airplane and he’s like, ‘Honey, I’m home!’ ”