Melissa Kennedy is an American celebrity, who became famous after marrying the acclaimed American musician, Travis Barker, who serves as the drummer for the rock band Blink-182.
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Melissa Lynne Kennedy was born under the Leo zodiac sign on 27 July 1982, in Fontana, California, and is 40 years old as of 2022. She was brought up in Fontana by her mother, who worked as a real estate agent, and her father, who was a businessman – she hasn’t shared their names. She was very physically active as a child, and liked dancing and playing soccer.
Melissa attended a local high school, where she was a member of the cheerleading squad. She was also interested in acting, and joined the school’s drama club at the age of 17. She matriculated to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 2000, and graduated with a BA in Mass Communication and Journalism. The Californian celebrity later joined Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria in 2005, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in International Business. She later graduated with an MBA degree in marketing from North Carolina State University.
Hobbies and Interesting Facts
Melissa is a philanthropist who works with many charities and human rights organizations. She is a big supporter of the LGBTQ+ community.
She is a lover of animals, and her favorite ‘animal’ is a crocodile.
Travis’ ex-wife is also keen on traveling, and has toured many US destinations and European cities. Her dream travel destination is Hong Kong in China.
She loves reading books during her spare time – her favorite is “Veronika Decides to Die”, and her best-loved author is Paulo Coelho.
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Melissa is also into watching films and TV shows, and her favorites are “The Godfather” film franchise, “Last Tango in Paris,” and “Apocalypse Now.” Her favorite entertainers are Julia Roberts and the late Marlon Brando.
Many confuse Travis’ estranged wife with the American author, K. Melissa Kennedy, but the two aren’t related. The latter is famous for writing the 2017 book “The Innovation Revolution: Discover the Genius Hiding in Plain Sight,” which is a guide to creating a successful business.
Melissa served as the Public Affairs Co-ordinator at North Carolina State University from 2000 until 2004. She is a successful real estate agent, who was a salesperson for the firm Pacific Sand Mortgage and Realty Inc. from 2003 – 2006. She was thereafter hired by Lifestyle Estates Realty and Funding Inc., to work as a real estate broker. In 2005, she landed a job at ChannelAdvisor Crop as a Product Marketing Manager, then in 2006 Kennedy was hired by Cisco networking hardware company and she held two positions until 2011, as an Organization Adoption Manager, and as a Social Media and Web Marketing Strategist.
Melissa also served as Client Strategy Director at Magnet Video, as a Manager at Bonnaroo, and as the president of Triangle Interactive Marketing Association. She also worked as a Local Organizer and Global Facilitator at the UP Global: Triangle Startup Weekend corporation.
She is the co-founder of the plant-based and cannabis-infused body and bath products firm, Everleigh Brands, which sells women’s products in the Greater Denver Area.
Melissa has made two TV appearances together with Travis; she appeared as his wife in Blink-182’s documentary, “Blink-182: The Urethra Chronicles” in 1999, and its sequel in 2002. Before she divorced Travis, Melissa helped him run his hip-hop and punk-inspired clothing brand, Famous Stars and Straps, as vice-president from 1999 until 2018.
Travis and Melissa began dating in the late ‘90s, and exchanged wedding vows at a private wedding ceremony in November 2001. Their marriage didn’t last for long, as they divorced in August 2002. The duo didn’t welcome a child together, and she’s remained tight-lipped about her romantic life since her divorce, and is seemingly single as of 2022.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Melissa is of Caucasian ethnicity and has green eyes and short black hair. She is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall and weighs around 139lbs (63kgs).
Melissa has earned a decent sum working for LifeStyle Estates Realty and Funding Inc. She also received a good amount as a divorce settlement and is reportedly worth approximately $1 million as of 2022. On the other hand, her ex-husband, Travis, is worth approximately $50 million.
Who Is Melissa Kennedy’s Ex-Husband, Travis Barker?
Travis was born under the Scorpio zodiac sign in Fontana, California, on 14 November 1975, He to Gloria Barker, a nanny, and father Randy Barker, who was a car mechanic, and was raised together with his two sisters. The Californian singer went to Fontana High School, and was very interested in music as a student. He learned to play the piano and guitar perfectly – he also dreamt of becoming either a professional surfer or a skateboarder. After he matriculated in 1993, Barker relocated to Laguna Beach, Orange County, where he started working as a trash collector.
Travis joined the rock band Snot, and thereafter became a member of another rock band, Feeble in 1993. In 1994, he co-founded The Aquabats band, and they released their first album in October 1997. He later began drumming for Blink-182 in the same year, replacing drummer Scott Raynor, who had been fired after becoming an alcoholic. The band released the album “Enema of the State” in 1999 which was a success – the album had many hit songs, including “All the Small Things.”
In 2004, Barker founded the record label called LaSalle Records, and signed the band The Kinison. In 2005, Blink-182 went on an hiatus, reuniting in 2008. Travis released his first solo album, “Give Drummer Some” in 2011, and the band Blink-182 subsequently released the album “Neighborhoods” in September 2011. Their next album, “California” was released in 2016.
Travis is an author, who released the autobiography “Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums” in October 2015.
After his divorce from Melissa, Travis began dating Shanna Moakler, who was crowned Miss USA in 1995, and they tied the knot in 2003. They parted ways in 2005, after welcoming two children together, the youthful rapper Landon Baker, known professionally as OTG Landon (born in October 2003), and daughter Alabama Luella Baker, who was born in December 2005, and is now a singer and a model. Travis went on to date the American socialite, Kourtney Kardashian, and they married in Las Vegas, Nevada in early 2022. Travis has now adopted Kardashian’s children, Mason Dash Disick, Reign Aston Disick and Penelope Scotland Disick.