The Untold Truth About Travis Barker’s First Wife Melissa Kennedy

April 18, 2024
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Who is Melissa Kennedy?

Melissa is an American celebrity, probably best known to the world as the ex-wife of American punk Travis Barker, the drummer of the rock band Blink-182.

Melissa Kennedy Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education

Melissa Lyne Kennedy was born on 27 July 1982 under the Leo zodiac sign, in Fontana, California USA. Despite the popularity she attained while married to Travis, she’s successfully kept details about her childhood away from the public eye. As a result, Melissa hasn’t shared the names of her parents and whether she has siblings or not, while her educational background also remains a mystery.

Popularity Through Marriage

Melissa and Travis started dating in the late ‘90s. There is no information on how the two met, but Travis was a rising musician at the time, living off the success of Blink-182’s debut album “Enema of the State” (1999). The two married in 2001, but as Travis’ popularity increased, he found less and less time for Melissa, which caused a strain in their relationship. This resulted in a divorce just nine months after the wedding ceremony; they didn’t have children together. Although she became rather popular while married to Travis, Melissa’s avoided media appearance, and hasn’t shared many details about herself.


Career and Life After Divorce

Melissa has pursued a career on her own, and is an accomplished realtor. She worked as a salesperson for Pacific Sands Mortgage and Realty Inc. from 2003 to 2006, then switched companies and became a real estate broker for Lifestyle Estates Realty and Funding Inc. Moreover, she helped her ex-husband manage his clothing business, Famous Stars and Straps, serving as the brand’s vice president from 1999 to 2002. After her split from Travis, Melissa has apparently lived a single life in California, away from the media, and there isn’t much information about her at the moment.

Net Worth

As of early 2022, Melissa Kennedy’s net worth has been estimated to be around $1 million, earned largely through her career as a realtor.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Melissa Kennedy has short black hair and green eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 8ins (1.73m), weighs approximately 138lbs (63kgs), while her vital statistics are unknown, but she has an average figure.

Melissa Kennedy Ex-Husband, Travis Barker Biography

Travis Landon Barker was born on 14 November 1975, in Fontana, California USA. He’s the youngest of three, the only male child. Of English, Italian and Irish ancestry, Travis got his first drum kit when he was just four years old and started taking lessons when he was five.


Before high school, Travis also learned to play trumpet and piano, and while in Fontana High School he played the drums with the jazz ensemble, and snare drum in the marching band. After high school, he worked as a trash man in Laguna Beach and played with several bands including Snot and Feeble, through which he met and with whom he would play in the ska-punk group the Aquabats. They recorded their debut album “The Fury of the Aquabats!” in 1997, after which the band went on a tour with San Diego-based group Blink-182. Travis caught the eyes of the Blink-182 members and when their drummer announced his departure, they named Travis as his replacement.

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At first he played occasionally with the band, but as they realized his perfection, Travis was announced as the full-time member, and his first studio work with the band was “Enema of the State” in 1999. The success of the album launched Blink-182 to stardom, especially the popularity of songs such as “What’s My Age Again?”, “Adam’s Song” and “All the Small Things”, among others. The band performed until the mid- 2000s, releasing critically acclaimed albums “Take Off Your Pants and Jacket” (2001), and “Blink- 182” (2003), after which they announced an indefinite hiatus.


Travis took time to work on his own music, and collaborate with other bands and musicians, including the punk rap-rock group the Transplants, with whom he worked on several albums, such as “Transplants” (2002) and “Haunted Cities” (2005) in his first stint, and “In a Warzone” (2013) and “Take Cover” in 2017. He collaborated with Adam Goldstein, better known as DJ AM, as the duo TRV$DJAM, and they were involved in a Learjet 60 airplane which crashed on take-off from Columbia, South Carolina – Travis and Adam were the only ones who survived, as the crash killed both crew members and the other two passengers. The two still suffered critical injuries, and were transported to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia.

Travis spent over 11 weeks in hospitals and burn centers, and had 16 surgical procedures, blood transfusions, and numerous skin grafts. Luckily, he recovered completely and later filed a lawsuit against the plane’s owners, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co, and an airplane maintenance company. The lawsuit was settled out of court, but Travis never revealed the details. Blink-182 reunited in 2009 and have since then released three studio albums – “Neighborhoods” (2011), “California” (2016), and “Nine” (2019). Moreover, Travis released his solo album “Give the Drummer Some” in 2011, and has recently worked with Machine Gun Kelley and the band Atreyu.


To speak further of his accomplishments, Travis has authorized an administration deal with Warner Chappell Music, and one of the first musicians that he signed is Avril Lavigne. Travis Barker’s net worth has been estimated to be around $50 million, as of early 2022. After splitting from Melissa, Travis was married to American model and actress Shanna Moakler from 2004 to 2008, while since 2021, he has been in a relationship with reality TV star and model Kourtney Kardashian.

Olivia Wilson

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