Travis Barker and the Kardashian family recently took their relationship to the next level after the Blink-182 drummer tied the knot with Kourtney in Las Vegas last month. The union, which got conducted without a marriage license, has expanded the Kardashian family even further, adding three more kids from Barker’s previous relationships.
While Barker and Kourtney’s love life has brought greater attention to the Kardashians in recent months, the drummer recently acknowledged that his place in the family had been cemented long before its recent hype.
He revealed that he once advised Kourtney’s sister Kim about starting “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” which brought the Kardashian family to the limelight.
‘It’s Wild To Think What It Has Become’
Barker brought up an odd occurrence that he now thinks aided at the beginning of Kourtney’s sister Kim and her family’s reality program “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” about two decades ago. He revealed that at the height of his own family’s reality show in the 2000s, Kim came to him seeking advice before her family signed their deal with E! Network for “KUWTK.”
“I said, as long as you have nothing to hide with your family and you want to put it all out there, do it,” Barker told Vanity Fair in a recent interview. “It’s wild to think what it has become.”
Truly, “KUWTK” surpassed all the expectations in viewer ratings that were set for it at its inception, ultimately running for 20 seasons and shooting the family to stardom alongside increasing their financial net worth.
The series’ highly rated ratings propelled the showrunners to debut other spin-offs based on other family members. The list includes “Kourtney and Kim Take Miami,” “Kourtney and Kim Take New York,” “Khloé & Lamar,” “Kourtney and Khloé Take The Hamptons,” “Dash Dolls,” “Rob & Chyna,” “Life of Kylie,” and “Flip It Like Disick.”
Following the showrunners’ choice to finish the protracted family saga series, the Kardashians announced on Instagram on September 8, 2020, that the show will end in 2021. The celebrity family then returned to television about a year later with “The Kardashians,” a Hulu series that started on April 14, 2022, and has already shown four episodes.
Kourtney, Kim, and Khloé Kardashian, as well as their half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner and their mother, Kris Jenner, are featured prominently in the series. It also contains the Kardashian sisters’ current and former relationships, including Barker, Kanye West, and Scott Disick.
Barker is primarily seen on the program with his companion Kourtney. The couple is known for displaying their love for all to see, and they have frequently displayed excessive PDA as well as uttering sexual expletives.
Backlash Over PDA
While Kourtney and Barker have cranked up the heat on their relationship, some have taken issue with their mushy public moments. They have both recently come under fire for their excessive PDA and lewd comments.
A recent episode of “The Kardashians” featured one such scenario, which depicted the couple’s visit to a fertility clinic to get samples for their IVF journey. In another episode, the love birds were caught grinding in front of a realtor during a property tour.
Fans have reacted strongly to both cases, accusing Barker and Kourtney of disrespecting professionals who were only performing their jobs. Regardless of the outrage, the couple has continued to flaunt their sex life on social media.
Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian Connection
One could likely trace Kourtney and Barker’s super closeness to the fact that they had been friends for a decade and lived just blocks from each other for years. They were seen hanging out as friends over the years and remained close even while they were in relationships with different partners.
Barker has two children from his ex-wife Shanna Moakler, Landon, 18, and Alabama, 16, while Kourtney has three children with Scott Disick, her ex-husband, Mason, 12, Penelope, and Reign, seven.
The duo now jointly have five children, yet they still want to grow their family, as seen by their visit to a fertility clinic. Although they have not provided any further information regarding their visit, given the couple’s penchant for publicity, fans will definitely receive one in the future.
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