The rumor that John Travolta is gay has been going for years and years. How did it all start? And, is he really gay?
Let’s begin with the story that led to assumptions that Travolta was gay. It seems that a former employee of his, pilot Douglas Gotterba filed a suit against the “Pulp Fiction” star. Gotterba claimed that he wanted to write the story of his life and that story included a six-year gay affair with the actor.
Gotterba, who was Travolta’s pilot in the 80’s believes that the actor and his attorneys have faked a confidentiality paper according to which he was supposed to keep quiet about anything personal involving Travolta. The actor and the attorneys said that indeed there was such a paper but it was referring to employee-employer relationship.
What was the reaction of the 61-year-old actor? He dismissed the rumors saying that it’s all about people trying to get money and media having hot subjects.
“This is every celebrity’s Achilles heel. It’s just about people wanting money. That’s all. It happens on many levels,” he said while promoting his movie Forger.
When asked if he’s one of those celebrities that are more likely to be rumored to be gay, the actor replied, “Also I don’t care that much about it. Other people may attack it back more than I do, but I let all the media stuff go a long time ago because I can’t control it. I think that’s why it persists, to some degree.”
The rumors started in 2009 following the death of his 16-year-old son, Jett, who was said to have been found by Travolta’s alleged gay lover at the time. The actor’s reaction was of disgust towards a part of the media.
“I found [the attention] most offensive with the loss of my son. I felt like that was the lowest I’d ever felt. Sex stuff is always going to be interesting to somebody, but you stay away from family. You really should. With that, I always felt like the media—not all of the media, but parts of it—went too low there,” he said.
On August 7, 2015 the case seemed to have been dismissed with no chance to be filled again. Of course, rumors about Travolta’s sexuality have never been dismissed and they go on and on. At some point, the media speculated that he and Tom Cruise were lovers. A tabloid speculated that he and Tom Cruise have been in a relationship 30 years ago, after Travolta had became obsessed with Cruise’s performance in Risky Business.
The rumors claimed that Travolta has been in a gay relationship with Risky Business actor but at the same time, the tabloid that spread the rumors wrote that Travolta used to put his eye on new talented actors in the 80’s, and as it sounded it was more like he helped Tom Cruise in his career.
Officially, John Travolta is not gay. If we look at the speculations and rumors we cannot stop thinking that he might be. Maybe his former employee blackmailed the star, and indeed Tom Cruise was a fellow actor he helped. Do you think other way?