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Diana's dance partner John Travolta defends Kate's right to privacy

21 SEPTEMBER 2012

Prompted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's decision to take legal action against the release of intimate photographs of themselves, Hollywood star John Travolta has spoken about his own experiences in the spotlight.

During his heyday, John said the intense media interest was "daunting" and cited Diana, Princess of Wales as a victim of invasive attention too.

However the Pulp Fiction actor, who famously danced with the Princess at a White House dinner in 1985, added that back then was nothing compared to now. With the arrival of the internet he reckons that the present day is the "worst time to be famous".

 

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Speaking to the BBC, John called for a privacy law and condemned the publication of the intimate photographs of Kate, saying "there is a right to privacy whether you're famous or not famous and I feel that anyone being invaded at that level is unfortunate and there should be a law, no one would like that."

Having risen to fame after his 1977 role as Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever, the superstar also added that he nearly retired from films after the tragic death of his teenage son three years ago.

Sixteen-year-old Jett died after suffering a seizure on a family holiday in the Bahamas.

 

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He said: "I lost my son a few years ago and I had been having quite a time of that and after three years getting a lot of support from my church and a lot of support from people, fans, family, I decided that it was okay to go back to work because I'd even thought of retiring at one point because it felt like too much."

The 58-year-old, who is currently promoting his new film Savage, directed by Oliver Stone, revealed that he took an interest in the movie because it was a "high-end, five-star film".

Savages, which is based on Don Winslow's best-selling thriller and also stars Blake Lively, Salma Hayek and Benicio del Toro and is due to open in the UK on Friday.

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