The death of 16-year-old Jett Travolta in early 2009 nearly caused John Travolta to retire from acting. Opening up about the loss, and his frustration with celebrity culture today, the 58 year old told the BBC:
“After three years of getting a lot of support from my church, and lot of support from people – fans, family – that I decided it was OK to go back to work because I’d even thought of retiring at one point. It just felt like too much.”
Though he’s happy to be acting again, John Travolta insists there is something wrong with the way the rich and famous are treated.
Referring to Kate Middleton’s topless photo scandal, the father of 12-year-old daughter Ella and nearly 2-year-old Benjamin commented, “There is a right to privacy, whether you’re famous or not famous. I feel that anyone being invaded at the level is unfortunate. There should be a law. No one would like that.”
John Travolta added, “It’s probably the worst time to be famous in the history of fame because of the Internet and the level of invasion of privacy is so extraordinarly high.”