A Complete Timeline of Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker's Relationship
In a move that just about nobody saw coming, Kourtney Kardashian came out of the coronavirus pandemic with a tattooed rock-star drummer on her arm. After a string of romances and fizzled-out high-profile couplings, Kardashian embraced 2021 with a brand-new beau in Travis Barker from TRL mainstays Blink-182. It seemed like an unconventional pairing, given the gloss and glam of Kardashian and the ink-and-sleeveless tees that came with Barker, but the world was entranced by the two, especially as their online interactions started to get as over-the-top as Barker's band's parody music videos. Here's what you need to know about this incendiary duo, between the Calabasas connections and the inky tattoo tributes.
Cue it up. In a move that was bold enough to give even the most seasoned celebrity insiders whiplash, Kardashian and Barker officially coupled up. Avril Lavigne said it best: "He was a punk / She did ballet / What more can I say?"
After much speculation, a source told Us Weekly that the two had been dating "for a couple months" when they'd made their debut. This was after Barker left flirty comments on Kardashian's Instagram posts and
"Kourtney and Travis are officially a couple," the insider said. "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."
Fans of Keeping Up the Kardashians will note that Barker has appeared on the long-running show alongside his now-ex-wife, Shanna Moakler (they divorced in 2008). The Kardashians and Barkers both live in Calabasas and back in 2018, Barker and Kardashian were seen getting dinner together and attending a church service.
Things go Instagram-official. After the earlier emoji comments, Barker shared a photo of the two holding hands on Valentine's Day. He also posted a note that Kourtney wrote him, which read, "To lots of fun adventures, may we destroy each other completely. Love, Kourtney."
Things steamroll through the usual celebrity relationship milestones. Yes, there are paparazzi sightings. Yes, the couple continued to post about one another on social media. And yes, Barker got several tattoos that can be traced back to Kardashian. One is a reference to the movie True Romance, which they've both shared as one of their favorite flicks. And the second, which he got a few months later, is Kardashian's name.
During an appearance on The Drew Berrymore Show, Barker brought up his new flame.
"I'm spending time with a woman who's a great mom, who's a great friend ... It just comes natural," he shared. "It's a maturity thing.
Later that month, the two were seen on a double date with fellow pop-punk super-couple Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly.
The two take a trip to Deer Valley together with their kids.
For Kardashian's birthday, Barker gifted her a huge, over-the-top flower arrangement that included blooms being suspended from the ceiling. They also spent Easter together and, naturally, there was a big Mother's Day gesture, too, involving three gifts.
Kardashian gave Barker a tattoo. It's unclear whether or not "tattoo artist" will be added to her résumé or if the ink is for a Poosh feature on love and dedication.
Barker also took the time to call Kardashian the "love of his life" as the two took their kids to Disneyland.
Of course a relationship like this had to culminate in an over-the-top proposal. Travis popped the question in Montecito, California, with an over-the-top beachside rose display. Kourtney would go on to show off her engagement ring on Instagram.
Sources at TMZ reported that Kourtney and Travis tied the knot in Las Vegas after the 2022 Grammy Awards. Barker performed with Lenny Kravitz and H.E.R. during the show and after, at about 1:30 a.m. local time, the duo "walked into a wedding chapel and did not allow photos." If the rumors are true, it would mark Kourtney's first wedding.
A day after the news broke, Kourtney shared photos from the ceremony, clarifying that she and Barker did not obtain a marriage license.
"Found these in my camera roll," she wrote alongside the photos. "Once upon a time in a land far, far away (Las Vegas) at 2am, after an epic night and a little tequila, a queen and her handsome king ventured out to the only open chapel with an Elvis and got married (with no license). Practice makes perfect."
On the first Monday of May, the couple made their Met Gala debut in matching menswear looks by Thom Browne. The two walked the carpet hand-in-hand, stopping to exchange a few kisses, of course. Kourtney's outfit included a cropped white button down and a black and ivory deconstructed skirt. Travis wore a suit jacket and a kilt over black trousers. It was a night of a lot of firsts. Not only was it the couple's first joint Met Gala appearance, but it was Kourtney's first time altogether at the prestigious event. For the first time ever, all five Kar-Jenner sisters attended the affair.
A few weeks later, Kravis made things official — legally speaking — with a courthouse wedding in Santa Barbara, Calif. For the occasion, she wore a short white dress with a heart embroidered on the bodice and Barker wore an all-black tuxedo. E! News reported that Kourtney's grandma, Mary Jo "MJ" Campbell, and Travis's father, Randy, acted as witnesses. After the wedding, the family celebrated at a restaurant in Montecito.
"Kourtney is over the moon and so excited to start this next chapter with Travis," a source told E!. "They were excited about this day and madly in love."
"They had to legally get married first ahead of their big Italian wedding, which is happening very soon," a second source told People. "All the details are set and the whole family, including all the kids, are very excited."
Ahead of the weekend of May 21, the entire Kardashian-Jenner group (minus Rob Kardashian) traveled to Portofino, Italy, to celebrate the couple's official nuptials. Kravis said "I do" in a lavish, yet intimate, ceremony on a cliffside surrounded by their children and her sisters.
Kourtney's mother, Kris Jenner, walked her down the red velvet aisle that ended in opulent gold fixtures, candles, a dozens of red roses. The couple's close friends, Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly, were also in attendance. The Poosh founder shared several images from the ceremony, writing, "happily ever after."
Kourtney made things officially official when she changed her Instagram bio to "Kourtney Kardashian Barker."