John Travolta still a Scientologist
- Bang Showbiz
- 28 July 2009
John Travolta has insisted his faith in the Church of Scientology is ''as strong as ever'', despite claims he is considering abandoning the bizarre religion
John Travolta has denied he has abandoned Scientology.
The 55-year-old actor was rumoured to have grown disenchanted with the bizarre sci-fi religion after the death of his son Jett in January.
But his representative Paul Bloch claims the star's faith is as strong as ever.
Bloch told People magazine: "There's no change in the relationship between the Church of Scientology and John. He is a member and it's as it was, now and forever."
Jett was 16 years old when he died after suffering a seizure in the family's Bahamian holiday home. He was autistic, a condition not recognised by the Church of Scientology.
Rick Ross, a US author and lecturer on Scientology, said: "There have been strong rumours coming out of Scientology that John Travolta is disappointed the religion was not able to help his son more.
"I think it would be very difficult for John Travolta at this stage to extricate himself from Scientology. It would be a huge move on his part because Scientology keeps files on its celebrity members containing embarrassing personal information about them.
"And Scientology has proven in the past that it has a penchant for releasing that information to embarrass people who have left and who have said things it doesn't like. That's why I think Travolta will want to keep his problems with the Church private."
John and his wife Kelly - also a strict follower of Scientology - also have a daughter, Ella Bleu, nine.