Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker's wild love story - from pals to marriage

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Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker tied the knot for a third time last weekend in Italy, in a Dolce & Gabbana extravaganza that their families were there to see.

They first said "I Do" in Las Vegas after the Grammy Awards, before making it official earlier in the month with a legal ceremony in Santa Barbara.

But it wasn't love at first sight for the high-profile pair.

Two images of Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker inside the church in Portofino Italy for their wedding. At left, they are pictured from the side kissing as the priest smiles on. She has a long veil and train in lace with an image of the Maddonna; at right, she shows off her white mini dress and long train.
Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker's Dolce & Gabbana-styled Italian wedding. Photo: Instagram/@travisbarker &/@kourtneykardash

Travis and Kourtney have been friends and in the same social circle for years, since sister Kim was personal assistant to Paris Hilton.

Travis even admitted to having a crush on Kim back then.

"How could you not stare at Kim? Mind you, I enjoyed hanging out with Paris, but I love curvy girls," he told US Weekly in 2015.


Blink 182 rocker Travis also had a similar TV background, choosing to star in a reality show, Meet the Barkers, with former wife Shanna Moakler back in 2005.

In fact, it was Travis Kim turned to when she was considering going into reality TV.

Despite the chemistry between Travis and Kourtney, nothing happened and, over the years, he grew close to the whole family, living in the same Calabasas gated community as the Kardashians.

They had family dinners, Travis introducing his kids with ex Shanna, Alabama and Landon, to the Kardashian sisters.

Images outside in Santa Barbara of Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker legal wedding. Three image: at left, she wears a white mini dress and short veil/shrug covering her arms and he is in a dark suit and shirt; centre, she sits smiling on the bonnet of a car as he kisses her; at right, their vehicle has
Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker get legally married in Santa Barbara. Photo: Instagram/@travisbarker

Spotted in public

Then in September 2018, Travis and Kourtney were spotted going to dinner and a Hillsong church service, just the two of them, and the rumour mill started.

Travis had already been divorced for ten years and Kourtney and her ex Scott Disick, the father of her three children, had broken up in 2015.

But it wasn't until January 2021 that their romance was confirmed.

Travis was dropping flirty messages onto Kourtney's Insta posts and was then spotted with Kourtney at Momager Kris's home in Palm Springs.

"Kourtney and Travis are officially a couple. They have been close friends for years and have been dating for a couple months. Travis is very smitten with Kourtney and has been for a while." an insider told US.

Entertainment Tonight also seemed to have the romance confirmed by someone who knew them both.

"Kourtney and Travis have had a platonic relationship for years and they’ve been friends and family friends for a very long time,” the source revealed. “Recently something sparked and their relationship has turned romantic."

It wasn't long before the couple confirmed their relationship, how else but by going Instagram official?

Kourt posted a picture of them holding hands and Travis commented with a heart emoji.

Travis backed up his emoji outpourings by confirming the romance to Drew Barrymore on her talk show.

"I’m spending time with a woman who’s a great mom, who’s a great friend, and you don’t have to worry about any of those things,” he told Drew. "It just comes natural, it’s like a maturity thing."

Tattoo time

It wasn't long before they were Brady Bunching their families, taking their kids – Kourtney's sons Mason, 12, and Reign, seven, and daughter Penelope, nine, and Travis's 18-year-old son Landon, 16-year-old daughter Alabama, and stepdaughter Atiana, 23 – on a skiing holiday in April.

That same month he got inked, tattooing her name on his chest.

From there it was public displays of affection and double dates with the likes of Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly.

Flight said the most

But it was his flight with Kourtney in August 2021 to Cabo that showed how much she meant to him.

Travis hadn't flown since he was involved in a fatal plane crash in 2008 where four people died and he was left with third-degree burns over half his body.

But he decided that if anyone was going to get him on a plane again, it was Kourtney.

"I made a deal with her," he told NYLON.

"I said: 'Well, when the day comes you want to fly, I'm telling you I'll do it with you. I would do anything with you. And just give me 24 hours' notice.'

"And that's what she did."


It was hardly surprising when the friends-turned-lovers got engaged in October 2021.

Despite red carpet appearances together, was the relationship official until it was confirmed Travis would appear on The Kardashians?

"I definitely hold my relationship really close," Kourtney told Variety, confirming his appearance. "It's so sacred to me and I am very protective of it.

"I think I've learned a lot of lessons. There is a lot of us on there, and we've had such a good time doing it because we have such a good time when we're together, but I definitely want to protect it as much as I can.

"But also, this is my life."

Photos of Travis Barker proposing to Kourtney Kardashian on a beach surrounded by red roses and candles. At left, he wears a black and white striped top and black jeans and gets down on one knee. She wears a black puffer jacket, black dress and boots and bends down to kiss him. At right she has removed her jacket to reveal a backless dress and they stand and hug.
Travis got down on one knee and proposed to Kourtney in October last year. Photo: Instagram/@travisbarker

Having blended their families and finally tied the knot, the couple looks forward to the future, including sharing their IVF journey on the Hulu show.

"Travis and I want to have a baby and so my doctor took us down this road of doing IVF," she told mum Kris on the show.

"Travis and I stay in the moment with it and just do the steps we need to do."

There is no doubt this couple is there for each other through anything!

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