John Travolta and Kelly Preston 'Overjoyed' With New Baby Benjamin

VIDEO: John Travolta and Kelly Preston announce the birth of their son Benjamin.

Actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston took to Travolta's website earlier this week to announce the birth of their 8-pound, 3-ounce son, Benjamin Travolta.

"We are overjoyed to announce the arrival of our son, Ella's baby brother, Benjamin Travolta. Born November23, 2010 in Florida, Benjamin is healthy and doing beautifully. Thank you for the congratulations messages and wishes -- we are beyond happy about the newest addition to our family," the family said in the message.

Some famous friends of the happy couple spoke with People magazine this week about how elated they are with for Travolta and Preston.

We are completely overjoyed about the birth of Benjamin," says Keisha Whitaker, a film producer and wife of actor Forest Whitaker, who have been friends of the couple for years. "We love them so much. This feels like full circle." Producer Donald Zuckerburg, who has worked closely with Preston on a number of projects, including the upcoming movie Casino Jack, spoke to the magazine about her experience giving birth at 48.

"She was very much looking forward to having the baby. She hadn't experienced any sickness," Zuckerman said. "She is a magnificent person -- fun, nice, upbeat. She deserves the very best in life."

The happy news comes almost two years since the Travolta's lost their son Jett in the aftermath of a seizure.

Travolta, 56, and Preston, 48, announced the pregnancy earlier this year, celebrating with a dozen close friends at a shower held at their Los Angeles-area home. "This baby is such a healing baby," a family friend told People magazine.

The pregnancy was the first bit of good news they had shared in a long time. "It's impossible to keep a secret," they wrote in a statement on Travolta's Web site in May, "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," the online statement continued and like this week's update, was signed "Love, John, Kelly and Ella."

The Travoltas have come a long way since their trials and tribulations of the past. A look back:

Jan. 2, 2009

Jett died Friday morning at the family's vacation home in the Bahamas after what the family's lawyer says was a seizure-related incident.

"A nanny attempted to revive him, all attempts were made, but he couldn't be revived," Travolta's attorney, Michael Ossi, who was also in The Bahamas, told "They tried as hard as they could to revive Jett."

The seizure was only part of the story. Royal Bahamas Police Force spokeswoman Loretta Mackey told the Associated Press that Jett Travolta died from hitting his head in a bathtub.

Jan. 5, 2009

The death certificate revealed that Jett died of a seizure. His parents released a statement the day before.

"Jett was the most wonderful son that two parents could ever ask for and lit up the lives of everyone he encountered," said the statement posted on John Travolta's Web site. "We are heartbroken that our time with him was so brief. We will cherish the time we had with him for the rest of our lives."

Jan. 8, 2009

Tom Cruise, a fellow member of the Church of Scientology, weighed in on the tragedy.

"It's horrific," a visibly shaken Cruise said in an interview that aired on ABC's "The View." "It's just horrific. Here you have a man, both of them doting parents, they're wonderful people and ..."

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