After living separate lives for years, insiders say JOHN TRAVOLTA and KELLY PRESTON will stay in their reportedly deteriorating marriage and dodge a $220 million divorce.
The Hollywood couple’s 22-year union will remain intact after leaders in the Church of Scientology ordered them not to split, and urged them back into counseling, sources tell The ENQUIRER.
“I think Kelly feels trapped, but she’ll follow what church leaders say because she and John are now Scientology’s most high-profile couple,” said a source.
“They’ve been told it would be ‘disastrous’ to the church if they divorced, so to shore up their reportedly crumbling marriage they’ve been advised to undergo some new counseling.”
Another insider added: “The church has taken some pretty harsh public relations hits over the years. It’s very important for John and Kelly to soldier through as a couple to show the world that theirs is a happy marriage made stronger through Scientology teachings.”
While Scientology’s brightest star, Tom Cruise, brought then-wives Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes into the church fold, the actresses left it after divorcing the “Mission: Impossible” star.
“King of Queens” star Leah Remini and Oscar-winning writer/director Paul Haggis have also been vocal against the church since defecting, while actress Carmen Llywelyn told The ENQUIRER that Scientology “ruined my life and my career” after her split from actor Jason Lee, a devoted Scientologist.
Margery Wakefield, a former high-ranking Scientologist and the author of three books about the church, told the ENQUIRER: “The Church of Scientology absolutely cannot let John Travolta and Kelly Preston get divorced and would do everything in its power to prevent it. A Travolta divorce would be a monumental embarrassment to them. The one and only fervent mission of the Church is to ‘clear the planet,’ in other words, to get every person on earth into Scientology.
“If the Travoltas divorced, it would slow down achieving that goal.”
Although a rep for the couple insists there is no trouble in the marriage and Kelly does not feel trapped, Travolta, 60, has admitted that the couple has undergone Scientology marital counseling in the past.
“Our church does a lot to keep us together,” he said. “When we have issues, we go settle it up.”