When Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake last month a long line of celebrities opened up their wallets and offered their services – including John Travolta, who used his private jet to fly supplies and doctors down to help assist in the aid effort. Still grieving the tragic death of his 16-year-old son Jett last year, the Get Shorty star says that helping others is a way to ease his own pain.
“Absolutely. I think help is probably the biggest button on the planet. People need to help each other,” John tells the Associated Press. “They want to feel like they can help and when you have the opportunity I think most people do help and I had this rare, rare privilege to have this big, empty plane in my backyard and I filled it with supplies and doctors and it was an awesome opportunity.”
John, who also has 9-year-old daughter Ella Bleu with his wife Kelly Preston, says that the family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support they’ve received over the past year.
“My son had such an enormous effect on the world and the kindness of fans and people of all types and sorts around the world have been amazing. I’ve never felt more of a flow of support and love as I have in the past year and we needed it… You’re kind of a sinking ship and you need all the kings horses and all the kings men to keep your head afloat. And we had it.”
He adds, “It’s been hard. We’ve worked every day on it as a family and as individuals. It’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to me – bar none. But I think the help is helping us.”