Some former Scientology members and friends of Travolta have suggested that "he is drifting away from the Church."
John Travolta is reportedly facing a "make-or-break" moment over his 45-year devotion with Scientology after having defied the Church's opposition to cancer treatments in a bid to save his wife, Kelly Preston, according to Daily Mail. On July 12 of this year, a heartbroken Travolta announced the demise of his beloved wife of nearly three decades due to breast cancer on Instagram. He wrote that the 57-year-old had "fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many." In the post, he also thanked Preston's medical team for all their support, saying his family will "forever be grateful to her doctors and nurses at MD Anderson Cancer Center, all the medical centers that have helped."
Houston's MD Anderson Cancer Center is currently listed as the best hospital for cancer care in the United States. However, some former Scientology members and friends of Travolta have now applauded his actions and suggested "he is drifting away from the Church", noting that founder L Ron Hubbard was "really opposed to chemotherapy and radiation." Former Scientologist Jeffrey Augustine said, "The statement was unequivocal in the support of medical staff... It shows they've backed away from Scientology. It'll hurt to lose your wife of 30 years... there will be grief, it's human."
John Travolta is leaving scientology... and I read a comment "Thank the lord he's free of that cult"— Jay Exotic (@j4yyftw) July 24, 2020
And they literally don't see the irony... and I just can't stop laughing.
"There's no acknowledgment in that statement of Scientology, David Miscavige, or auditing, there's nothing - that's critical, he took care of it in his own hands, this is a personal matter, like 'I don't need the Church.'" In a November 1959 lecture, Founder Hubbard declared that "cancer is not caused... it always requires a second-dynamic or sexual upset, such as the loss of children or some other mechanism to bring about a condition known as cancer." "Hubbard was really opposed to chemotherapy and radiation," Augustine said. "But people realize it [auditing] doesn't work when it comes to serious diseases."
"In the Church, they'd say you lost Jett, so that's why you got cancer, so we need to audit that out," he continued. "[But] they did it with medicine. This was handled professionally and elegantly, I really admire the way he did it, he made Scientology a non-part of Kelly's death."
Travolta, in his Instagram post, added he would be "taking some time" to be with his children Ella Bleu and Benjamin. "So forgive me in advance if you don't hear from us for a while," he added. Brendan Tighe, a former security guard for Travolta and Tom Cruise, said the situation was "as tragic as it gets to me."
Hopefully the worm (Hollywood) has turned against @Scientology and we get John Travolta back; sadly, Tom Cruise is too far gone.— Krysz⚡️ (@edwood_k) July 23, 2020
"I honestly don't know what he will do. But I'd guess that he will go through the full gamut of emotion. They were definitely each other's rock," he said of his former boss. "I'd also guess that he will take some time off with his kids to travel the world and get some space. His Scientology handlers will of course try to be there at every step, but he may not want the 'help' right away." Travolta's son Jett died in 2009 at age of 16, thus making it the second tragedy in years. Jett’s death was from a fatal seizure. Let's hope that Travolta and his children have the strength and courage to get through such difficult times.