Well when the media dogs catch a scent, they don’t let up. The latest celebrity gossip over John Travolta is that he is indeed gay, apparently having had a six-year affair with his pilot in the 1980s. Considering that he has been married to Kelly Preston since 1991, a more accurate description of Travolta, assuming all this hoopla has merit, would be “bisexual,” but that term makes for much less stark buzz.
Joan Edwards, who was Travolta’s secretary from 1978 to 1994, chimes in about Travolta’s private relationship with his pilot, Doug Gotterba. “I did everything for him [Travolta], including taking care of his personal and professional schedules. Of course I knew he was gay. It never bothered me,” she told the Enquirer.
She also refers directly to Gotterba, saying “That’s how I met Doug. We both worked for John at the same time. Doug is a wonderful guy and we are still good friends. He told me that John was gay and they had a sexual relationship.”
Gotterba’s later boyfriend confirmed the relationship, saying “Doug told me right at the beginning of our relationship that he’d had a homosexual relationship with John Travolta in the 1980s. Doug said John was constantly grabbing at his genital area, but he put up with John’s sexual advances because working for him was ‘lucrative.’”
The article also mentioned something of an incriminating video where the two were in a hotel room, one without a shirt.
The story of John aggressively making sexual advances on employees seems to confirm the latest bit of litigation from Travolta’s masseuses that John had harassed them, and the styling of Gotterba’s report that he permitted the relationship just because the job paid well doesn’t paint an attractive picture of homosexual love, but then again, what a man tells his new lover about his old may not accurately describe the reality of the situation.
So it seems that as usual, celebrities have no rights to privacy, at least in sexual matters, and that whatever juicy stories about Travolta’s intimate side can be snatched at certainly will be.