“We tried for several years, and we didn’t think it was going to happen for us,” the couple tell PEOPLE in an exclusive story in this week’s issue.
Their daughter Ella Bleu, 10, also reacted with joy. “This is a miracle, and we feel blessed,” say Travolta, 56, and Preston.
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The family has also been inundated with well wishes from fans. “We are so moved by the generous outpouring of support and goodwill we’ve received from people all over the world,” they say.
Those close to the family, meanwhile, denounce speculation the couple are trying to “replace” son Jett, who died last year at age 16, with a new baby. A family friend says, “They can never replace him” and that the couple “always wanted to have more kids.”
The couple announced the news overnight on Travolta’s web site, saying, “It’s impossible to keep a secret, especially one as wonderful as this. We want to be the first to share this great news with everyone that we are expecting a new addition to our family.”
Kelly is said to be three months along. Just 11 days ago she was photographed in Los Angeles wearing a long, loose dress to hide her growing baby bump.
It was just 16 months ago that 16-year-old Jett Travolta, who suffered from autism, died after hitting his head on a bathtub during a seizure.
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