Male pilot claims he was John Travolta’s lover

Doug Gotterba, a male pilot, claims he was John Travolta’s gay lover in the 1980s and that the actor admitted to him that he was still into men even after marrying actress Kelly Preston in 1991. The 62-year-old pilot, who last saw Travolta in 1992, told The National Enquirer, “They’d just gotten back from the Church of Scientology’s Celebrity Center in Hollywood when I arrived and John asked me to go with him for a walk on the beach. We were making small talk when suddenly, I blurted out, ‘So, John, tell me. Now that you’re married, do you still prefer men – or women?’ He looked me straight in the eye and said, ‘Well, Doug, I still prefer men!’ I said, ‘Okay.’ And that’s the last time we saw each other.”

Gotterba says he first met the Saturday Night Fever star in February 1981 when the actor was interviewing for a pilot’s position. The two flew to Monterey, California where they spent the night at a resort. “We had a wonderful dinner with a fantastic bottle of merlot, and I got the sense I was being courted,” Gotterba said. “As we walked from the restaurant back to the room, John suddenly said, ‘Hey, would you like a massage?'” By this point, Gotterba knew where things were headed. One thing led to another and according to Gotterba, it was the start of what would become an intimate six-year relationship. Earlier this year, two male massage therapists filed lawsuits against Travolta, claiming he made unwanted sexual advances towards them. But despite all this, the 58-year-old actor has made no comments regarding these lawsuits or his questioned sexuality. His representatives are still maintaining that it’s all lies. ~Isabelle Khoo

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  1. Suneagle • August 30, 2012 @ 10:11 AM

    Wow!! Who’s paying these guys??!! Hahahaha!! Get out of Scientology buddy someone high and powerful is controlling your future. Good Luck. 🙂 I’m pretty sure John is not gay. Still sticking by him here sorry.

  2. Carol • August 30, 2012 @ 10:13 AM

    All of this is between John Travolta and his wife. Get a life, people!

  3. Julie Chase • August 30, 2012 @ 10:51 AM

    The gospel according to the National Enquirer ?????who has it in for John. Really!!!!!

  4. daniel • August 30, 2012 @ 11:04 AM

    So what if john is gay or not if he isit is his choice let him be everyone has a right to be who they are

  5. Vic • August 30, 2012 @ 12:38 PM

    Announcing that your Gay is not a novelty today. Whether he’s Gay or not….WHO CARES!!!!

  6. C-Dub • August 30, 2012 @ 1:21 PM

    Daniel and Julie and Vic: I agree. And who cares!

  7. Elise • August 30, 2012 @ 3:21 PM

    true or false, it’s the man’s personal life. I didn’t even read the story because it’s none of my business. He’s a good actor and a great dancer and that is all the info on JT we have any right to . . . please give me stories that are relevant and readable!

  8. Sandi • August 30, 2012 @ 4:46 PM

    I agree with Elsie… it is his personal business… leave him alone already!!!!!!

  9. Running 4 U • August 30, 2012 @ 7:17 PM

    People today will believe anything that is put in a book or a magazine. People often believe in just plain old gossip. I’ve learned that gossip and lies will hurt and destroy others and that the ones who are spreading the garbage are the ones who are truly unhappy and have messed up in their own lives, so they feel it’s their need to attack the ones who are truly the happiest. People need to start growing up and start minding their own business and move on with their own lives by trying to fix their own problems. This is called, “GETTING A NEW LIFE” and stop spreading nothing but lies and hurting others. Who cares what goes on in his life, as long as he’s living and breathing and enjoying the fact that he’s truly happy to be alive and still on this planet that we all call Earth.
    “GET A LIFE PEOPLE, GET A LIFE”

  10. Snepts • August 30, 2012 @ 11:03 PM

    To quote George Kennedy in THE CONCORDE: AIRPORT ’79, “They don’t call it a cockpit for nothin’!”

  11. Doris C • August 31, 2012 @ 12:57 AM

    Who cares? It’s his life is it not? None of anyone’s business, I think he is great!!!! Gay or Straight.

  12. realperson • August 31, 2012 @ 2:58 AM

    FYI: most of these comments are being written by one or two people from Team Travolta. Try not to make it too obvious guys.

  13. Cat Rowley • August 31, 2012 @ 4:58 AM

    It’s true it’s his business BUT if your going to carry on like your straight & lie to your wife (unless she is aware of-which I doubt) at least have the kahoonas to admit what your are. But his scientology will not allow it-so he is also a hypocrite. This shows just how much power scientology hasH-something Katie Holmes recognized & got out. I think John also feels he would not get the “manly” roles anymore if he came out. Playing this dual-role life will surely catch up with him sooner or later.

  14. Cat Rowley • August 31, 2012 @ 5:13 AM

    It’s true it’s his business BUT if your going to carry on like your straight & lie to your wife (unless she is aware of-which I doubt) at least have the kahoonas to admit what your are. But his scientology will not allow it-so he is also a hypocrite. This shows just how much power scientology has-something Katie Holmes recognized & got out. I think John also feels he would not get the “manly” roles anymore if he came out. Playing this dual-role life will surely catch up with him sooner or later.

  15. Shirley • August 31, 2012 @ 11:21 AM

    Whatever! who cares. He’s an actor, did you expect anything different?

  16. Muffey • August 31, 2012 @ 12:45 PM

    When did we stop knocking at a door before opening it? If Travolta chooses to sleep with men, THATS HIS BUSINESS! He is a talented actor. What does it matter as long as he gets the job (acting) done? Do we all have nothing better to do with our life then snicker about who some one is sleeping with? The only person Travolta has to answer to is his wife/himself.

    If you don’t like what you find in his bedroom, shut the door and walk away! You shouldn’t be knocking in the first place.

  17. Xenu • August 31, 2012 @ 3:38 PM

    I agree with all the Scientologists and their sock-puppets posting here, who cares?

  18. Jan • August 31, 2012 @ 4:59 PM

    I used to be a publicist for a major record company…my kids are not even allowed to look at the National Enquirer, and others OK, etc. These are not magazines, do not buy them, how would you like your life displayed. Gay or Straight, Who Cars??? I do not introduce myself by saying “Hi, I’m Jan and heterosexual”..irrealivent!!!

  19. Lina • September 3, 2012 @ 11:29 AM

    Oh my god, is this story ever going to end? John Travolta is a fantastic actor, he is not gay! End!

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