John Travolta: Celebs deserve privacy too

2012-09-22 10:00
London - John Travolta says privacy laws should shield celebrities from the kind of exposure suffered by Kate Middleton.

Gossip magazines have published topless pictures of Prince William's wife taken during a private holiday.

Travolta, who has faced unwelcome scrutiny of his own private life, told the BBC that it is the "worst time to be famous".

He said "there is a right to privacy whether you're famous or not famous, and I feel that anyone being invaded at that level is unfortunate and there should be a law, no one would like that," he said in an interview broadcast on Friday.

Almost retired

Travolta plays a corrupt cop in Oliver Stone's drug-war film Savages, which opens in Britain on Friday.

It's his first film since 2010. Recently he has been in the headlines for his private life, including a discredited — but widely reported — lawsuit claiming he had groped two masseurs.

Travolta, who has been one of Hollywood's best-known faces since he starred in Saturday Night Fever in 1977, said he almost retired from acting after the death of his 16-year-old son Jett in 2009.

He said that after his son's death from a seizure he'd "thought of retiring at one point because it felt like too much".

But he told the BBC that "after three years getting a lot of support from my church and a lot of support from people, fans, family I decided that it was OK to go back to work".

Travolta is a prominent member of the Church of Scientology.


  • obadia.segwape - 2012-09-22 11:34

    are your lives private mr volta I THOUGHT YOU LIKED CAMERAS

      Gemma van der Merwe - 2012-09-22 13:15

      how would you like it if your company's clients got a hold of your private number and contacted you during your holidays and family time and then use the excuse that you love your job?

      stirer.kathray - 2012-09-22 14:15

      You can't have your cake and eat it. You chose to be a "celebrity" and you are happy to wallow in the money you accumulate for being a celebrity. That's the price you pay. You do have an option. Give your money away to a good cause, have some plastic surgery, and get a job as an escort.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-22 11:57

    So how news papers will make money?

  • rhowell1965 - 2012-09-22 18:21

    I am not sure "discredited" is the word to use for the lawsuits that "went away". The plaintiffs were bought off- supported to reports of confidential out of court settlements in at least one of these recent cases. The book about Travolta and his sex life further enhance these masseur stories. What really makes Travolta a target is that he appears to be gay and married. This is no one else's business but it is creepy and people don't like it. If Kelly is happy with the marriage they share- that's her choice. I guess after hooking up with known playboys like Clooney and Sheen- she feels safer with a gay husband.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-09-22 23:24

    My clients do, just part of the industry

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