John Travolta shared a sweet tribute to his late wife Kelly Preston for the first Mother’s Day since her death.
On Sunday, the actor posted two family photos on Instagram honoring Preston, who died in July at 57 after a two-year battle with breast cancer.
The first photo shows Travolta and Preston modeling in their bed with their daughter Ella and their then-newborn son Benjamin; all dressed in white.
“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 captioned the photos.
Travolta and Preston were married for 28 years before her death, after tying the knot in 1991.
The 67-year-old has spent the past year grieving the loss of his wife in private, working through this “personal journey.”
However, the actor recently told Esquire Mexico that healing had been complicated, and the outpouring of support hasn’t exactly been helpful.
“The most important thing you can do to help another person when they are in mourning is allowing them to live through it and not complicate it with yours,” he told the publication in April. “Even though it’s great to have company, sometimes it turns into you helping them instead of you working on your loss and grief.”
“You have no idea how many people have come up to me … and afterward, I’ve felt saturated with everyone else’s pain that I didn’t know what to do,” Travolta continued, noting that he still appreciates the condolences.
“The first thing you should do while going through grief is going somewhere where you can truly mourn, with no interruptions.”