Kelly Preston’s mother revealed the actress was grief-stricken and longed for a baby after the death of her teenage son.
Preston’s mom, Linda Carlson, tells UsMagazine.com she “burst into tears” when she heard her daughter was pregnant with her third child at age 47.
“I cried so hard I couldn’t see straight, just bawled my eyes out,” she said. “Because I’ve been so worried about her! When they’re that unhappy. I could cry right now remembering.”
Jett Travolta died after he suffered a seizure while the family was on holiday in January 2009.
John Travolta and Kelly Preston were then extorted by the Bahamian paramedics who first responded to the call.
Carlson tells Us that the new child “will know all about Jett.”
“He’ll see the pictures and he’ll be told stories. He or she, whatever,” said Carlson. “It couldn’t come at a better time. Her aura is so filled with peace. It’s changed their lives.”
Carlson admits her daughter and Travolta have “been through so much. Not only losing Jett but those godawful horrible men trying to extort them! Unbelievable. It was awful on them, they were grieving so badly. They do weather it, but holy cow, such grief. John was devastated, just devastated.”
Continued Carlson, “We are over the moon I’ve been praying that this would happen. Especially since Jett’s death. Anything to get them out of their sorrow. I know Kelly has been longing for another baby. She just loves babies! So do I. I just can’t wait for this child to arrive. It’s taken them out of such deep grief and made them able to focus on new life. It just couldn’t come at a better time.”
She says Preston announced the news at a family lunch shortly after her brother, Chris, revealed he was engaged.
“She just said ‘I’m pregnant!’ and it just spilled out,” Carlson recalled. “And I burst into tears and I had to go over and just embrace her. I was so thrilled I couldn’t see straight.”