Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump recalled in a 2009 blog posting how he tried to pick up actress Kelly Preston in a tribute to John Travolta's wife after the couple's son, Jett, had died.
In the posting "Loyalty and Kelly Preston," Trump insisted that he did not know that Preston was married to John Travolta. The couple had been wed for 18 years when Jett, 16, suffered a seizure at the Travoltas' vacation home in the Bahamas, noted the Ocala Star-Banner.
At the time of Jett's death, Michael McDermott, a family friend of the Travoltas who had just arrived in the Bahamas, told the newspaper: "[John is] broken up. He just had to tell [daughter] Ella a minute ago."
McDermott added: "Kelly's very quiet."
"Just say a prayer for them," McDermott stated. "That's all you can do at this point."
Trump recalled trying to pick up Preston, and bragged about his "outstanding" track record with women in a blog posting that was originally written on the Trump University website, notes Mediaite.com, and has been saved on Archive.org:
I have always respected people who were loyal and faithful -- which brings to mind Kelly Preston. A long time ago, before I was married, I met Kelly Preston at a club and worked like hell to try and pick her up. She was beautiful, personable, and definitely had allure. At the time I had no idea she was married to John Travolta.
In any event, my track record on this subject has always been outstanding, but Kelly wouldn’t give me the time of day. She was very nice, very elegant, but I didn’t have a chance with her, and that was that.
When I later found out she was married to John, I liked and respected her even more. Some people have values that matter to them, and she is one of them. Her loyalty was unwavering and I have always remembered that about her.
Being true to someone is very close to being true to yourself. That’s a valuable attribute in today’s world. I’m sure she was a wonderful mother to Jett and my thoughts are with her and her family after their terrible loss.