‘I love you’: Devastated John Travolta reflects on ‘special’ relationship with ‘soul mate’ and fellow Scientologist Kirstie Alley following her death at 71… after she spent years desperately longing to marry him
- Travolta took to social media Monday after Alley’s death at 71 was announced
- The performers worked together on the three Look Who’s Talking films
- Alley had past spoken about her romantic interest toward Travolta, 68
- Travolta’s wife Kelly Preston died of cancer at 57 in July of 2020
- His beloved Grease costar Olivia Newton-John died in August at 73
Kirstie Alley’s friend and confidante John Travolta took to Instagram Monday to pay memorial to the actress in the wake of her passing at 71.
‘Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had. I love you Kirstie,’ said Travolta, 68. ‘I know we will see each other again.’
Travolta and Alley had appeared opposite one another in the Look Who’s Talking films – 1989’s Look Who’s Talking, 1990’s Look Who’s Talking Too and 1993’s Look Who’s Talking Now – in which they played James and Mollie, respectively.
He added a tribute on Instagram Stories showing a scene from Look Who’s Talking Now in which they danced with one another.
In 2018, Alley, while appearing on Celebrity Big Brother U.K., spoke about her fondness for the Hollywood stalwart, which extended into romantic areas.
‘I think I kissed Travolta,’ Alley said of the actor, a fellow member of the Church of Scientology. ‘I almost ran off and married John. I did love him, I still love him. If I hadn’t been married I would’ve gone and married him and I would’ve been in an airplane because he has his own plane.’
Alley said that neither she nor Travolta acted on their romantic instincts toward one another, as she was married to Parker Stevenson at the time; and he was wed to the late Kelly Preston (who died of cancer in 2020) by the time she divorced Stevenson in 1997.
Alley expounded on her relationship with Travolta in an interview in on the podcast The Dan Wootton Interview in September of 2018.
‘John would agree it was mutual that we sort of fell in love with each other,’ she said, noting that resisting the romance was ‘one of the hardest things’ she’s ever had to do.
She said, ‘I will say it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, the hardest decision I’ve ever made because I was madly in love with him – we were fun and funny together. It wasn’t a sexual relationship because I’m not going to cheat on my husband.
‘But, you know, I think there are things that are way worse than sexual relationships, than cheating on someone that way. I consider what I did even worse because I actually let myself fall in love with him and stay in love with him for a long time.’
She said that on one occasion, Preston confronted her about her flirty behavior toward Travolta.
‘Kelly came up to me – and they were married then – and she said, ‘Erm, why are you flirting with my husband?’ Alley said. ‘And that was sort of when I had to make a decision and that was pretty much the end of that.’
Appearing on The Howard Stern Show in 2013, Alley described Travolta as ‘the greatest love of my life.’
‘It took me years to not look at John as a romantic interest,’ Alley said, describing Travolta as ‘a very generous person’ and ‘really, really interested in people.
‘If you ever talk to John, and this is genuine with him, you will become the most interesting thing that he’s ever met in his life. He so wants to know who you are, what you’ve done … and he’s obviously very handsome.’
Alley in February of 2020 had said she was hoping to do another Look Who’s Talking, in an appearance on The Talk.
‘John and I, we both really want to do it, because we think it’s funny that we’re the grandparents,’ she said. ‘Our kids will be ugly so that we’ll still be the stars, but the grandkids can be really cute. But we don’t know what’s happening.
‘We heard a rumor they were doing it, but I don’t know if it’s with us or without us. So if you want to write cards and letters? Does anyone do that anymore? You can go online!’
According to a July 2019 report from Deadline, a reboot on the film was in the works with Jeremy Garelick directing and Adam Fields producing.
Travolta in August of 2019 called Alley his ‘best girlfriend’ and ‘soulmate’ while speaking to US. Asked about the potential Look Who’s Talking reboot, Travolta said, ‘I would do anything with Kirstie. So let’s see what happens.’
Alley’s death marks the latest personal tragedy for Travolta, who lost his friend and Grease costar Olivia Newton John earlier this summer following her death at 73 after a cancer battle.
Travolta is two years removed from the death of his wife Kelly Preston at 57 from cancer in July of 2020 at the family’s home in Clearwater, Florida. The couple are parents to three children: Ella, 22, Benjamin, 12, and late son Jett, who died at 16 of a seizure in 2009.
Alley’s children True, 30, and Lily, 28, issued a statement on social media Monday confirming the sad news.
They continued: ‘As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother.
‘We are grateful to the incredible team of doctors and nurses at the Moffitt Cancer Center for their care.’
Alley’s relatives said that ‘the zest and passion for life, her children, grandchildren and her many animals, not to mention her eternal joy of creating, were unparalleled and leave us inspired to live life to the fullest just as she did.
They ended the statement in saying, ‘We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.’
A number of celebrities took to Twitter to pay memorial to Kirstie Alley in the wake of news of her death at 71 following a brief battle with cancer.