Doug Gotterba: John Travolta's Secret Boyfriend of Six Years?

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After a week or two of relative quiet, the John Travolta sex scandal has exploded again with a new report that the actor had a six-year gay affair with his pilot.

Travolta and Doug Gotterba were lovers in the 1980s, according to Travolta’s former secretary and Gotterba’s ex boyfriend, who spilled to the National Enquirer.

We know, we know, it's the Enquirer. Grain of salt. But 1) these are just the latest in a LONG string of people alleging similar things, and 2) Rielle Hunter.

Joan Edwards was Travolta’s secretary from 1978-1994 and is the first ex-employee to publicly say the actor is gay - a surprisingly common revelation of late. 

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“I did everything for him, including taking care of his personal and professional schedules. Of course I knew he was gay. It never bothered me,” she said.

Carrie Fisher has also said John Travolta is gay. Edwards says specifically, she knew of Travolta's affair with Gotterba, who began working for him in 1981. 

"That's how I met Doug. We both worked for John at the same time. Doug is a wonderful guy and we are still good friends," she told the celebrity news mag.

"He told me that John was gay and they had a sexual relationship," she said.

Doug Gotterba is not quoted by the Enquirer about his relationship with Travolta. The tabloid says only that he confirmed his employment with the actor.

But Gotterba’s post-Travolta boyfriend, Robert Britz, confirms that and more.

"Doug told me right at the beginning of our relationship that he'd had a homosexual relationship with John Travolta in the 1980s," Britz recalled.

"Doug said John was constantly grabbing at his genital area, but he put up with John's sexual advances because working for him was 'lucrative.’”

Britz also reveals that he was shown home video of Gotterba and Travolta in a hotel room.

"I personally saw about two minutes of Doug's video showing John Travolta at the end of a bed with his shirt off. There were plates of food in front of him."

"The video appeared to be shot in a hotel room. Doug said it was lucrative to be what he called John's 'personal right hand man' and homosexual partner."

But Britz says Gotterba told him the relationship with Travolta was too much and he was turned off by John's "hairy body" and weight gain between movies.

"After a few years, Doug grew apart from John sexually, and John's advances started to repulse him," Britz said. "The relationship ended shortly thereafter."

And while Travolta was peaking in his Hollywood stardom, author Wensley Clarkson claims his team scrambled to hide his rumored homosexuality.

By setting him up on a date with 16-year-old starlet Brooke Shields.

"The relationship reached a head when John was being interviewed by a journalist and just happened to take two lovey-dovey phone calls from Brooke during the interview," Clarkson wrote in his 1997 biography John Travolta: Back in Character.

"Close friends of John Travolta knew perfectly well there was no romance with Brooke. But the rumors certainly helped to improve John's image."

John married Kelly Preston in 1991 and is fighting two lawsuits from masseurs who claim he became sexually aggressive with them during massages.

What do you think? Is John Travolta gay?



The only reason this is an issue is becuz he denys it. No one would have cared if he would have been honest at the start. Not that its anyones business but his...and maybe his wife!!


How will the stigma of being gay ever go away if people aren't going to do what it takes and admit it, right now the gays are at the point of Rosa Parks or Emmeline Pankhurst, they need an advocat for gay rights, who better than a multi talented action star to do this?


How will the stigma of being gay ever go away if people aren't going to do what it takes and admit it, right now the gays are at the point of Rosa Parks or Emmeline Pankhurst, they need an advocat for gay rights, who better than a multi talented action star to do this?

Yogesh mohan

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Who cares if Travolta's gay. The only reason people honestly do care is because he's managed to hide it for so long and now is also allegedly crossing the line grabbing male genitalia at massage parlours without rightful consent. It's not really our business what gender he prefers but if he loves men then he should be proud of it, instead of denying it or getting others to cover up the scandal. Hes a great actor either way... admitting your gay won't change a thing about that or who you really are. Say it loud Johnny (GAP)...Your wife deserves the truth most of all not your fans... Be who you are buddy!


The sexual assalt allegation is worth investigation but as to anyone's sexuality, who cares? I look forward to the day when someone reveals that (Shock, Horror) some well known star or politician is heterosexual and on ly sleeps with the opposite gender. I would even buy that magazine as a collectors item


This issue is not a gay issue.It is an issue of sexual assault.Regardless of sexual identity.These masseurs did not take money for sexual favors.They were physically assaulted anyway.Their rights were not considered.They felt their personal safety was violated.Therefore they deserve justice.However I believe they will be paid off quietly as is so often the case in celebrity and political lawsuits


Who the hell are we to make judgement on other peoples sexual orientation, as long as all parties are consenting adults then it`s their business. To the people that leave nasty comments I feel sorry for you as it`s usually jealousy that brings out that nastiness so I hope one day you will know who you want to be.


Just found a pic of this Doug guy....He ain't no great pick of the litter, either--Seems like both were desperate for some man fun.. Both of them now look like a bunch of tired, aging queens. Go back in the closet, both of you, lock the door and throw away the key. Two pigs in the blanket!


When I saw the film STAYING ALIVE--I was like buff, greasy, dancing in those CATS-like coustumes....GAY!!!!

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