Most people know Travis Barker as the drummer for Blink-182, but his relationship with Kourtney Kardashian has also been making headlines for some time.

They kiss on the red carpets of the world, pose in a hug for social media photos and have just married not once, not twice, but three times: Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian are, it’s easy to see, on the display of their love.

While Kardashian’s life seems to be an open book thanks to the reality TV series Keeping up with the Kardashians, Travis Barker is not a blank slate when it comes to reality TV either.

Travis Barker: He also has reality TV experience

From 2005 to 2006 he too was accompanied by cameras throughout his life. The reality show “Meet the Barkers” ran on MTV at the time with his ex-wife Shanna Moakler and their two children, Landon and Alabama, as well as stepdaughter Atiana. Moakler and Barker married shortly after divorcing his first wife, Melissa Kennedy. The musician has married the oldest of the Kardashian sisters for the third time.

For those unfamiliar with reality TV, Travis Barker should be a household name as a musician. As a drummer in the punk band Blink-182, he celebrated the greatest stage successes, meanwhile Barker is also a sought-after producer, among others for rap star Machine Gun Kelly.

Bad plane crash

The tragedy of his life unfolded almost 14 years ago when Barker boarded a private plane in Columbia, South Carolina, along with his assistant, bodyguard and friend Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein on September 19, 2008. The destination was Los Angeles, but the plane didn’t make it there.

Due to a loss of pressure in the wheels, the Learjet veered off the runway and crashed into a fence, where it burst into flames. The two pilots, Barker’s assistant and his bodyguard died. Barker himself and DJ AM made it out of the machine, though not unharmed. Barker’s body was full of gasoline and caught fire. 65 percent of his skin surface was burned, the injuries so severe that he almost lost his foot. The drummer was in the hospital for eleven weeks and had to endure 27 operations.

Four people died

Little did he know at the time that no one survived except himself and DJ AM. “I always thought everyone was in the hospital, including the two pilots and also my best friends. Up until two weeks before I left, I thought everyone was in different rooms. Then I went crazy. I wasn’t in a good mood,” he said. ABC News”. “I was kind of crazy. I was suicidal,” Barker explained.

Almost a year after the tragic accident, his best friend DJ AM died of a drug overdose. Barker was also struggling with his drug addiction before the crash, apparently even affecting the anesthesia in the hospital, so that he regained consciousness several times during the operations.

In interviews after the crash, Barker revealed that he had a bad feeling as soon as he entered the plane. The original plan was for his then-wife, Shanna Moakler, to fly with him, but she decided against it at the last moment because she too had a bad feeling about it.

After the plane crash, it was more than ten years before Barker boarded a plane again. He only overcame his trauma alongside Kourtney Kardashian. “Everything is possible with you,” he wrote for a photo of himself and the entrepreneur in front of a private jet. Their relationship grew out of a friendship. Kardashian and Barker were neighbors for years, and their children played together regularly. Until the platonic connection became more. In the reboot of the reality show “The Kardashians”, the couple even revealed that they would like to have a child together and let cameras accompany them to the doctor’s appointments.

Sources used: “Buzzfeed News” / “ABC News”

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