• Melissa Kennedy was born on 27 July 1982 in Fontana, California, USA and holds American nationality.
• She is the former wife of famous American musician Travis Barker and was married to him for nine months.
• She is an entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker.
• She is into travelling, philanthropy, and animal welfare.
• Her former husband Travis Barker is an American musician, author, and devout Catholic.
Who is Melissa Kennedy?
K. Melissa Kennedy was born in Fontana, California USA, on 27 July 1982 – her zodiac sign is Leo, and she holds American nationality. She’s perhaps only known for being the former wife of Travis Barker, a famous American musician who gained recognition when he became the drummer of the rock ‘n’ roll band Blink-182.
Early life and education
Melissa was raised in Fontana by her parents, about whom not a lot is known as she respects their privacy; it’s believed that her mother was a real estate agent, and that her father was a businessman. Because she hasn’t spoken of having any siblings, most of her fans believe her to be an only child.
— K. Melissa Kennedy (@kmelissakennedy) December 4, 2017
Melissa was mostly into dancing during her teenage years, and it’s said that she was on her high school cheerleading team; she was also into sports, and occasionally played soccer and ran track. She became interested in acting when she was around 17 years old, and thus joined her high school’s drama club; Melissa could’ve been seen appearing in a couple of school plays, mostly portraying supporting characters.
She matriculated in 2000, and because she hasn’t spoken of her further education, it’s believed that she hasn’t attended college.
Melissa hasn’t shared many details, concerning her career with the public, but it’s known that she’s an entrepreneur, and is the founder of the company 48 Innovate.
She’s also an author, having published her book “The Innovation Revolution: Discover the Genius Hiding in Plain Sight” in 2017.
Melissa’s also today working as a motivational speaker, and it’s said that she also does a bit of gardening.
Love life and divorce from Travis Barker
Melissa and Travis haven’t shared the details of when and how they met, but it’s believed that they were introduced by a mutual friend at a house party in 2000.
They were together for the following two years, and married in August 2002, in a private ceremony attended by only the closest of their friends and family members; however, they divorced nine months later.
Melissa hasn’t spoken of any other men whom she has perhaps been with. However, in what probably explains the separation from Travis, it’s widely known that he married Miss USA 1995 Shanna Moakler on 30 October 2004; Shanna had previously given birth to their son Landon Asher on 9 October 2003, and their daughter Alabama Luella followed on 24 December 2005. Travis and Shanna divorced on 11 February 2008; on 3 April 2022, Travis and his girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian had an unofficial wedding in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As of May 2022, Melissa seems to be single, was once married to Travis Barker, and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Melissa’s passionate about travelling, and has been to more than 10 US states, mostly for work but also for pleasure; she has also been to a couple of European countries, and her dream travel destination is Hong Kong, China.
She’s a philanthropist and has worked with a couple of charity organizations, while she’s also worked with a couple of human rights organizations, and is a supporter of the LGBTQ community.
Melissa’s a lover of animals, with elephants and crocodiles being her favorites.
She’s into reading books – her favorite author is Paulo Coelho, while her favorite book is “Veronika Decides to Die”.
Melissa likes to watch movies in her spare time – her favorite actor is the late Marlon Brando, and actress Julia Roberts, while a couple of her favorite films include “The Godfather”, “Apocalypse Now” and “Last Tango in Paris”.
Age, height and net worth
Melissa’s age is 39. She has medium long brown hair, which she usually dyes red, and her eyes are blue. Her height is 5ft 8ins (1.75m) and she weighs around 155lbs (70kgs).
As of May 2022, Melissa’s net worth stands at more than $200,000, while her former husband Travis’ net worth has been estimated at over $50 million.
Who is her former husband Travis?
Travis Landon Barker was born in Fontana on 14 November 1975 – his zodiac sign is Scorpio, and he holds American nationality. Travis has become famous for his drumming skills, and the American monthly magazine “Rolling Stone” has named him ‘punk’s first superstar drummer’.
He was raised in Fontana alongside his two older sisters, by their mother Gloria Barker who was a babysitter, and their father Randy who was a car mechanic. Travis was four years old when he received a drumming kit from his mother, and he played on it until he turned 15; while attending Fontana High School, Travis also learned to play the piano and guitar. He was interested in various other activities rather than just music, and had dreams of becoming a professional skateboarder or surfer.
Upon matriculating in 1993, Travis moved to Laguna Beach in Orange County, California, and began working as a trash man. He then became a member of the punk rock band Snot, before moving to another punk rock band Feeble.
Travis co-founded the band The Aquabats in 1994, and their album “The Fury of The Aquabats!” was released on 28 October 1997.
The Aquabats went on to tour with Blink-182 in November 1997, and Travis then began drumming for Blink-182 after they had fired their previous drummer Scott Raynor, because of his problems with alcohol. The band’s first album with Travis as their drummer, entitled “Enema of the State”, came out in June 1999 and was a huge success; it spawned three hit songs, including “All the Small Things” which topped the Modern Rock Tracks Chart.
Travis founded his own record label LaSalle Records in 2004, and the first band signed to it was The Kinison; in the following year, Blink-182 went on an ‘indefinite hiatus’.
In October 2004, he and his second wife Shanna Moakler began starring in their own reality show “Meet the Barkers”, which aired on MTV.
On 19 September 2008, Travis was supposed to travel in a private plane, although he was afraid of flying; the plane crashed before taking off, and only Travis and his colleague DJ AM survived. Because of the burns which he had suffered, Travis spent close to three months in hospital, and underwent 16 operations.
Blink-182 reunited after his accident, and Travis also began working on his solo career, releasing his debut album “Give the Drummer Some” in March 2011; six months later, Blink-182 released their new album “Neighborhoods”. Their following (seventh) album came out on 1 July 2016, entitled “California”, and Travis is currently working on his second solo album.
He’s also an author, having published his autobiography “Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums” on 20 October 2015.
Perhaps surprisingly, Travis is apparently a devout Catholic, and prays on a daily basis.