John Travolta: 'Forever' a Scientologist, Says Rep
07/27/2009 AT 05:00 PM EDT
A July 25 report in Britain's Daily Mail newspaper claiming that Travolta, 55, had grown disenchanted with his longtime religion in the wake of his son Jett's death in January is "totally false," his rep Paul Bloch tells PEOPLE.
"There's no change in the relationship between the Church of Scientology and John," says Bloch. "He is a member and it's as it was, now and forever."
The still-grieving actor, his wife Kelly Preston, 46, and their daughter Ella Bleu, 9, recently returned to one of their favorite spots: their oceanfront island home in Isleboro, Maine, where the family spent their last Christmas with Jett in 2008. On July 18 Travolta and Preston exchanged greetings with locals at the island's Dark Harbor gift shop. "He's pretty low-key," says one local. "He pretty much stays to himself when he comes."
The getaway was a break for Preston, who has been filming The Last Song – a coming-of-age film in which she plays the mother of Miley Cyrus's character – in Savannah, Ga., this summer. The actress's maternal instincts have made an impression on Cyrus, 16, who on July 10 posted a photo of the two on the set with the caption, "Loving on Mama Kelly!"
"Kelly Preston is my hero," Cyrus Tweeted on July 7. "She is so wonderful and has healed so beautifully. That family is such a blessing."
The close-knit family will hit the big screen together in the upcoming comedy Old Dogs, which features the acting debut of Ella Bleu. The movie opens Nov. 25.
Reporting by ELIZABETH LEONARD