Kirstie Alley: John Travolta is 'not gay'
Kirstie Alley says that despite a slew of rumors, John Travolta, her co-star in the "Look Who's Talking" films, is not gay.
The 61-year-old actress and current "Dancing With The Stars" contestant also described the actor, who is married to actress Kelly Preston, as the love of her life. Alley made her comments to Barbara Walters in an interview for ABC to promote her new book, "The Art of Men (I Prefer Mine al Dente)," which was released on Tuesday. Parts of the sit-down aired on "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, November 7.
"This is a difficult question to ask but I know that as I talk to you, I can hear the viewers saying, 'Well, you know there have been these rumors that John Travolta is gay.' I love John Travolta so I wish him only good things. How do you answer that?" Walters asked Alley.
"I know John with all my heart and soul. He's not gay," the actress replied. "I think, some weird way in Hollywood, if someone gets big enough and famous enough, and they're not out doing drugs and they're not womanizing, what do you say about it? I think that people think that's the supreme insult - 'He's gay.'"
Rumors about Travolta's sexuality have floated around for years.
Earlier this year, two male masseurs sued the actor, alleging that he touched them inappropriately during massage sessions, and later dropped their lawsuits. Travolta denied their claims. He also denied allegations made against him by a former cruise ship employee, who claimed in a different lawsuit that the actor "forcefully embraced" him in the nude.
In 2010, the tabloids The National Enquirer and Star magazine ran stories about an interior designer who claimed Travolta had sexual encounters with men at Los Angeles saunas. The actor's lawyer called the claims "blatant defamatory lies."
Also that year, outspoken "Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher told the U.S.-based national gay and lesbian newsmagazine The Advocate: "Wow! I mean, my feeling about John has always been that we know and we don't care. Look, I'm sorry that he's uncomfortable with it, and that's all I can say," Fisher added. "It only draws more attention to it when you make that kind of legal fuss. Just leave it be."
Travolta, 58, and Preston, 50, had three children together. One of them, son Jett, died in 2009 at age 16. Alley is friends with both actors, shares a common religion with them - Scientology - and helped them cope with their loss.
Travolta was single when the 1989 film "Look Who's Talking" was filmed. He married Preston in 1991, in between sequels "Look Who's Talking Too" and "Look Who's Talking Now."
Alley told Walters that she developed feelings for Travolta, which nearly caused her to leave her then-husband, Parker Stevenson. The two divorced in 1997.
"John is the greatest love of my life," she said. "When I fell in love with John, when we were doing 'Look Who's Talking,' believe me, it took everything that I had, inside, outside, whatever, to not run off and marry John. And be with John for the rest of my life."
When Walters asked why she didn't, Alley said, "Because I feel like when you marry someone you're supposed to work hard at it, and you're supposed to make it work."
She also revealed that she fell in love with Patrick Swayze while working on the TV mini-series "North and South," which was released in 1985. The actor was himself married - to Lisa Niemi, until his 2009 death. The actor died of pancreatic cancer at age 59.
Alley told Walters that while filming the mini-series, Swayze wanted her to divorce Stevenson and be with him, adding: "I probably was more willing to break up my marriage, and I wasn't willing to break up his marriage."
However, she also clarified in a Tweet that she and Swayze did not actually "have an affair," adding that "It did NOT include SEX.#gossip."
(Pictured above: Kirstie Alley appears on the cover of her 2012 book "The Art Of Men.' / Kirsty Alley, John Travolta and Kelly Preston pose for photos during the 38th Anniversary Gala held at the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International on Aug. 4, 2007, in Los Angeles. Credit: Atria Books / AP Photo / Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre / Rene Macura)