It’s not every day two strangers fall in love, but some celebrities have managed to turn love at first sight into happily ever after. The late Kelly Preston said she loved her husband, John Travolta, since the first moment they met each other and they aren’t the only couple that found lasting love from a fleeting moment.
The couple met at a screen test for their 1989 comedy, The Experts. Although Kelly was still married to her ex-husband, Kevin Gage, at the time, she couldn’t deny the way she felt for John. After they got divorced in 1987, Kelly began dating the Saturday Night Fever star in the early ’90s. The duo later got married in September 1991 and stayed together for 28 years.
“To my dearest Johnny, the most wonderful man I know. You have given me hope when I have felt lost, loved me patiently and unconditionally … made me laugh harder than any other human being possible … shared the most beautiful highs and at times lows,” the Jerry McGuire actress wrote on Instagram for their 28th wedding anniversary in September 2019.
“You’re a dream Daddio and make life so much fun! I trust my love with you implicitly … with you I know I will always be OK no matter what happens,” she added. “I love you forever and completely. Happy 28th Anniversary!”
Sadly, nine months later, Kelly died from breast cancer on July 12, 2020. John revealed the heartbreaking news on Instagram and said his wife put up a “very courageous” fight. The Hairspray star added he’ll “forever be grateful” to Kelly’s caretakers, the medical facilities and her friends “who have been by her side.”
The couple’s daughter, Ella Travolta, also shared her own tribute to her mom and said anyone who met Kelly was “lucky.” She referred to the Twins star as a “courageous, strong, beautiful and loving” woman who could make anyone “feel instantly happy.”
“Thank you for being there for me no matter what,” Ella gushed. “Thank you for your love. Thank you for your help and thank you for making this world a better place. You have made life so beautiful and I know you will continue to do so always. I love you so much, mama.”
Although the Travoltas are missing Kelly more than ever, John will never forget his amazing love story with his soulmate. In fact, he previously told Closer Weekly the secret to a happy marriage is to “care deeply about each other” and to “protect” one another no matter what. “Keep checking in and keep growing and changing,” he said. “Keep doing things, just the two of you.”
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