News Update, January 2:
Read the original post from June 2007, below:
Occasionally mentioned and rarely seen, John Travolta and Kelly Preston's older child Jett, 15, is the subject of sudden media scrutiny as his parents stand accused of failing to acknowledge or properly treat what may be autism, which Scientology considers a weakness that can be cured.
On May 10, an item eviscerating John and Kelly's treatment of Jett appeared on the website Hollywood, Interrupted. It read in part:
"I don't think it's a stretch to call their treatment of Jett child abuse," Ocala, Florida restaurant manager Tim Kenny tells Hollywood, Interrupted. Kenny claims he met Travolta at his restaurant in February, and, after "comping" the movie star and his daughter a meal per restaurant policy for celebrities, he asked him, "as one autistic child's father to another," if he "was doing anything special in terms of therapy" for Jett. Aghast, Travolta responded, "Well, we involve him in the arts." Then, he offered to send Kenny a book, and high-tailed it out of the restaurant.
The Kennys also claim that Kelly and John "let Jett sit in front of video games all day eating junk food, while they eat the best organic food money can buy. They exclude Jett from all social events because they are embarrassed."
"Once," reports Kenny, "when Kelly took him to the movies, Jett started to have a meltdown and Kelly pointed at the nanny and ordered, 'Take care of it.'"
Celebrity watchers may have a hard time placing Jett, as he's rarely photographed. However, his younger sister Ella Bleu gets carted out on many red carpets, is costarring with her parents in a film and is a frequent topic of conversation during talk show appearances, so no one can argue they don't want their kids exposed to the press.
What to do? Cue the paparazzi! Not to say that such a huge star would ever want his or her picture taken, but a snapper spied the family, Jett included, John not, spending quality time together in Oahu on May 23. Kelly sits with Jett on the beach, Kelly walks down the beach with her arm slung over Jett's shoulders, Kelly goofs with Ella in the water. All the while, she happens to look picture-perfect in a bikini and never seems put out by the theoretical intrusion of a photographer joining in on her Hawaiian vacation. See the full gallery of mom-and-kids here.
By the time the Hollywood, Interrupted item had picked up enough steam to be splashed across the top of Page Six, the damage control was in place.
People.com reported on Wednesday that the parents plan to try for number three this summer. "I really like having kids. I enjoy their energy and it keeps everything wonderful and hopeful," Travolta crowed to the reporter during a Narconon fundraiser.
And turn to page 42 of the new, Shiloh-bedecked Us Weekly for "Hawaiian Holiday! Kelly Preston and son Jett spend quality time together"
Rumor has it, they never really did before.