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?



John and Kelly made the choice to throw their kids into this when they decided to have a gay man pretend to be married to woman in some traditional marriage. Oh yeah, we eat at Dennys, oh yeah we love each other, oh yeah lets have another baby to replace Jett. Meanwhile, behind closed doors, slurp, slurp, slurp. suckle, suckle, Get rid of your alien religion and pray to Jesus for the salvation you so desperately need!!!! you can cure gay with an e-meter.


I think the real tragedy is those brave massage therapists who filed as John Doe #1 and John Doe #2, those guys got ripped to shreds, people acted like they were monsters and liar. Now we find out that Travolta has been assaulting men, having sex with men in bath houses without protection, dressing like a woman, and assaulting men in bath houses, in gyms, and in massage rooms, and spas. Of course lets make the fake stories about poor John the family man, poor kelly, they are all picking on them blah blah blah. This man is a sexual predator, being gay is awesome. I am gay!!! but being a molester and a liar is something else.


I just don't see what the big whoop is over "is he or isn't he?". It's really no one's business whether he's gay or not. If he is gay that changes nothing about the work he has done. I think it's despicable that people are crawling out of the woodwork with their "shocking" allegations just to have their 15 minutes of fame and in the process embarrassing John and his family with all the sordid details. Don't these people realize and/or care that John has a daughter who has now reached the age of understanding what's being alleged about her dad? I feel so sorry for her. What kid wants to read this sort of thing about their dad and know that their peers are reading it or hearing about it as well? I feel so sorry for her. It's time people give some thought to the collateral damage they do when these allegations are made. Grow up already!


This is so sad. Not necessarily for Travolta, but for his wife and children who have to endure the exposure of his double life. Being gay is, thankfully, now no longer something to be ashamed of (it never was, except for society's condemnation). Now the rumors are flying and people who've known about his life are finally "outing" him. It's such a shame that he just can't be himself. If he's bisexual, he needs to confess that. However, the fact that he's been cheating on such a faithful and loving wife is disgusting. What a waste of happiness!


I am not saying John Travolta is gay and I am not interested but I will say this.... how can you blame anyone in USA for wanting to hide that they are gay as you are very unkind and unaccepting to gays in your country. You are so discriminating. I am glad I do not live in USA. John Travolta seems a decent, good person and that's what should count.


no need for name calling or bullying ! too much of that crap in this world isnt there ? i certainly surprised "if" this is true. this is the tabloids ya know ! i have loved him since his vinny barbarinno days & forward. he's a GREAT ACTOR & SEEMS DOWN TO EARTH.....DOES HIM BEING GAY, MAKE HIM ANY LESS ? no. everyone, and i mean EVERYONE , should be treated w/ dignity and if u dont like it, dont look, dont listen. go live under a rock ! i am married & not gay.....but do have friends that are & a cpl family members.....and i do not love them any less ! love is supposed to be UNCONDITIONAL ~~~~~~


if you are a faggot own up and move on leave women alone quit faking,


I enjoy his acting - loved him in FaceOff and Domestic Disturbance, Grease, Phenomenon and so many others. Since I'm not sleeping with him, I really don't care who is. Leave him alone.


So he is what he is. How does he do the honorable thing and 'come out' without hurting his wife and children? Tough place to be in.


I will never watch another John Travolta movie again!!!!

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