John Travolta pays tribute to late wife Kelly Preston on the first Mother's Day since her death

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John Travolta was married to Kelly Preston for 29 years. ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/Getty Images
  • John Travolta shared a heartfelt message about his late wife Kelly Preston on Mother's Day.

  • The "Grease" actor said Preston brought "three of the most wonderful children" into his life.

  • "Thank you. We love and miss you. Happy Mother's Day," he wrote on Instagram.

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John Travolta celebrated his first Mother's Day without his late wife Kelly Preston on Sunday.

The 67-year-old actor shared a sweet social media tribute to Preston, who was 57 when she died in July following a two-year battle with breast cancer.

"Dearest Kelly, you brought into my life three of the most wonderful children I have ever known. Thank you. We love and miss you. Happy Mother's Day," Travolta wrote on Instagram.

An old photo of the couple with their children Ella Bleu Travolta, 21, and Benjamin Travolta, 10, accompanied the message.

The actor also included a picture of Preston holding their eldest son Jett Travolta, who died at 16 after reportedly suffering a seizure and hitting his head.

Ella, Travolta and Preston's daughter, also shared a message commemorating her mother on Sunday.

"Mama, thank you for all you have done for us and for this world. I miss you and love you very much, but your smile, warmth and love is ever lasting. Wishing all of the moms a happy Mother's Day," she wrote on Instagram, along with a photo of herself with Preston.

Travolta and Preston met while filming "The Experts" (1989), but the "Jerry Maguire" star was married to actor Kevin Gage at the time.

Preston and Gage divorced in 1987, two years into their marriage. Four years later, she exchanged vows with Travolta. The actors remained married for 29 years.

In July, the "Pulp Fiction" actor announced that Preston died of breast cancer.

"She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many," he wrote on Instagram.

The actor said he would be "taking some time" to be with his children following the loss of their mother. "Forgive me in advance if you don't hear from us for a while," he wrote.

Travolta explained that mourning his late wife has been "something personal" to him during an April interview with Esquire Spain.

"Mourning is individual and experiencing your own journey is what can lead to healing," he said.

While many people have reached out to the actor to express their condolences and share their own grief as a means of making him feel less lonely, Travolta said the interactions can often end up hurting more than helping.

"You don't know how many people have approached me ... and then I felt so saturated with everyone's sadness that I didn't know what to do," he said. "The first thing you should do when you experience grief is to go to a place where you can mourn, without any interference."

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