Olivia Newton-John paid tribute to the late wife of her former Grease co-star John Travolta, Kelly Preston.
Kelly died at age 57 after a two-year battle with breast cancer on Sunday morning, and 71-year-old Olivia remembered the actress’s “sweet mind” in a heartfelt message on Instagram Monday.
‘@therealkellypreston was a radiant, warm, and sweet spirit – a sweet, loving wife, mother, and friend. My heart breaks for John, Ella and Ben. No words can express my grief for his family. Kelly’s light shines in her beautiful children. Xox, ”Olivia wrote on Instagram, along with a photo of the pair.
“My Heart Breaks For John”: Olivia Newton-John Pays Tribute To The Late Wife Of Former Grease Co-Star John Travolta Kelly Preston
John announced that his 31-year-old wife had lost her battle with breast cancer on Sunday evening.
“It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly lost her two-year battle against breast cancer. She fought a brave fight with the love and support of so many. My family and I will be forever grateful to his doctors and nurses at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, all the medical centers that helped, and his many friends and loved ones who were by his side. We will always remember Kelly’s love and life.
“I’m going to take the time to be there for my children who lost their mothers, so forgive me in advance if you haven’t heard from us for a while.” But know that I will feel your outpouring of love in the weeks and months to come as we heal. All my love, JT.
Travolta family spokesperson told People Kelly chose to “keep her fight private [and] had undergone medical treatment for some time, supported by his family and closest friends, “in the months before his death”.
“My heart breaks for John, Ella and Ben”: John expressed his sympathies to those close to Kelly (the trio photographed in 2002)
Summer Love! John and Olivia have remained friends since starring in the 1978 hit musical film Grease
John and Olivia have remained friends since playing with Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson in the 1978 blockbuster musical film Grease.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia earlier this year, John revealed that he had never lost contact with his former teammate.
“We love each other and when you love people you stay in touch,” he said when asked how he had maintained their 40-year friendship.
In late 2019, the duo got together in their iconic Grease costumes for the first time since their 1978 film for a singular Meet ‘n’ Grease event in Florida.
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John said the singalong event was “a glorious experience … [it was] one of the highlights of our lives to come back as Sandy and Danny.
The duo have been there for each other through good and bad times.
« [In tough times] John still reaches me, ”Olivia told People.
“When you share this kind of dazzling success [such as Grease] – and nothing could exceed it – you share a link, ”he told the site.
“I crossed it by having a child, in divorce, by losing his sister. She lived through my marriage, my children.
The Saturday Night Fever actor added, “It’s wonderful and full of shared memories.”
Greased Lightnin ‘! At the end of 2019, the duo got together in their emblematic Grease costumes for the first time since the shooting of the film for a singular Meet ‘n’ Grease event in Florida