Preston shared a rare photograph of her son Jett on Instagram in which she paid tribute to her beloved son

By Alexia Fernandez
April 08, 2019 03:17 PM
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Since the death of their son Jett in 2009, John Travolta and Kelly Preston have kept their personal lives out of the spotlight — but from time to time the couple has opened up about how they’ve managed their grief.

Jett, then 16, passed away 10 years ago after suffering a seizure and hitting his head in a bathtub in the family’s vacation home on Grand Bahama Island.

Preston, 56, shared a rare photograph of herself, Travolta, 65, and Jett on Instagram Friday in which she paid tribute to her beloved son just days before what would have been his 27th birthday.

“To my sweet love, Jett… you are in our hearts forever,” Preston lovingly wrote in the caption.

In sharing the photograph, the actress also raised awareness for those with Autism, writing, “I send love to all of the beautiful autistic children and the wonderful people who love them. May we all shine and grant love and respect to children with special needs💕” along with hashtag acknowledging April is Autism Awareness Month.

While both Preston and Travolta haven’t spoken much about their son or Autism, the actress did open up in November 2012 while on an episode of The Doctors.

“[Jett] was autistic. He had seizures and when he was very young, he had Kawasaki Syndrome,” Preston said at the time. “I strongly believe as a mother, as does my husband, that there are certain contributing factors that lead to autism and some of it is very much the chemicals in our environment and in our food.”

She and Travolta also have a 19-year-old daughter, Ella, and welcomed their second son Benjamin, 8, in 2010.

Kelly Preston and John Travolta
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Of having another son following the loss of their first, Travolta said the addition helped keep their family together during a Good Morning America interview in September 2016.

“Certainly having little Ben has been a beautiful kind of glue for us to rebond after a tremendous loss,” he said.

Ben was born after the couple tried for three years to conceive. “He’s given the house a renewed spirit and purpose,” Travolta told PEOPLE in 2011.