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Keeping Up With The Kardashian's star Kourtney Kardashian, 42, and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, 45, are officially engaged after less than a year of dating. The longtime friends confirmed their news on Instagram, after Barker proposed at a beachside hotel in Montecito, California on October 17, 2021.
Kardashian has three children: Mason, 11, Penelope, 9, and Reign, 6, with ex-boyfriend Scott Disick. Their on-and-off relationship ended in 2015. After their high-profile split, Kardashian and Disick started dating other people. The two remain good friends.
Barker has two children: Landon, 18, and Alabama, 15, with ex-wife Shanna Moakler. Barker remains close with stepdaughter Atiana Cecilia De La Hoya, who was from Moakler's previous relationship.
Kardashian and Barker have history that predates their romantic involvement: They're neighbors and live in the same gated neighborhood in Calabasas, California. Barker's family has even had dinners at the Kardashian family's homes. Kardashian and Barker have been seen out with friends over the years and denied dating rumors until now.
Here, everything we know about the two's history, from the first time the couple was speculated to be dating to their engagement.
Rumors of Barker and Kardashian dating surface after the two spend time together in Palm Springs at Kris Jenner's home. The rumored new couple shared a photo of the same view in their Instagram Story, seemingly confirming that they were together.
People reported in late January that Barker and Kardashian were officially dating. A source told the outlet that “they're in Palm Springs together. They've been dating for about a month or two.” The insider added that “Travis has liked her for a while.”
A source told E! News shortly after People released its report that Kardashian's ex Disick was fine with Kardashian's new romance with Barker. “He's really happy for Kourtney and is not surprised they are dating. Kourtney has spent a lot of time with Travis and it's not shocking to him that they developed a romantic relationship,” the source said.
E! News reported the pair was seen enjoying dinner at Matsuhisa in Los Angeles, in what appeared to be their first public date. An eyewitness told the outlet that “they seem very connected, very close. Travis took her hand, and they giggled as they started having a little thumb war with one another. It was playful and sweet. They were talking constantly and very engaged with one another. It seems like such a natural fit.”
According to Page Six, the pair spent Valentine's Day together. Barker posted a photo of a diamond anklet that he gifted the Poosh creator on his Instagram story. Kardashian posted a poem that referenced her romance with the drummer. “Roses are red / Violets are blue / Garlic bread / Blink-182,” the poem read.
Two days later, Kardashian debuted her new relationship on Instagram. She posted a picture of her Valentine's Day-inspired manicured hand holding Barker's tattooed one, confirming relationship rumors. Barker commented “🖤” on the post. Upon her debut of her new romance, a source told People, "Kourtney is very happy with Travis. She wanted to confirm their relationship, because it's something positive."
After making their social media debut, Barker posted a sweet handwritten love letter from Kardashian on his Instagram Story. The reality TV star wrote, “To lots of fun adventures, may we destroy each other completely. Love, Kourtney.”
In early March, Barker was interviewed for The Drew Barrymore Show. The punk rocker talked about his collaboration with Machine Gun Kelly and also provided Barrymore with dating advice. She asked Barker about the difference between dating a single parent vs. someone without children. In his response, he expressed his admiration for Kardashian. “Up until now, I would date girls who didn't have kids, and I find it kind of hard because I think they would have trouble understanding, like ‘Why don't you want to go to dinner every night with me? Or why don't you want to see me every night,’” Barker said. “And now, I'm spending time with a woman who's a great mom, who's a great friend, and you don't have to worry about any of those things. It just comes natural.”
On March 20, Kardashian and Barker were spotted at Nobu in Malibu. The two left the restaurant holding hands. Kardashian wore a gray and green striped button-up with leather pants paired with black thigh-high boots. Barker kept it casual as he wore a checkered flannel top with a graphic tee underneath and black and gray pants, paired with his signature black beanie.
Later in March, the couple attended their first event together. The two were photographed at UFC 260: Miocic vs. Ngannou 2 fight, alongside Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly. They snuggled up to each other in photos and videos taken:
— ESPN (@espn) March 28, 2021
A few days after their public appearance, the couple took their first family vacation. The couple and their kids went to Deer Valley, Utah. Kardashian posted a gallery of pictures of her and Barker's daughters, Alabama and Atiana, on snowmobiles.
While the family was there, Barker's daughter, Alabama, posted a TikTok of the family playing viral "Pass the Phone" challenge. In the video, Kardashian referenced Barker as her boyfriend publicly for the first time. “I'm passing the phone to my boyfriend,” she said.
A few days later, Barker took to his Instagram to share a few memories from their trip. Barker posted a video of him and Kardashian romantically snuggled together in snowy weather. In the following video, the pair slid down a steep snowy hill together as Kardashian laughs and screams in the background.
After the family ski trip, the couple spent their first Easter together. Barker spent the holiday with the Kardashian-Jenner family. Kris Jenner posted a picture on Instagram of golf clubs she gifted her family for the holiday. “Happy Easter, and thank you @callawaygolf #irvingazoff for making our Easter so special!!! 🙏🐰🐣🐥🙏 and thank you for the @coreygamble @realtristan13 @travisscott @travisbarker that are already on the golf course!!!!!!! LOL #impatient,” Jenner captioned the post.
A source told Entertainment Tonight that Kardashian and Barker's relationship had become “way more serious,” around the time of the trips. “This is the happiest Kourtney has been in a while, and her family is thrilled for her,” the source said.
Their families get along together too, the source added: “Kourtney and Travis' kids get along great, and all have the best time together. Kourtney's been trying to keep their relationship as private as she can on social media, but they're both super into each other and cute together.”
As the couple's romance heats up, on April 9, Kardashian debuted Barker's new tattoo on her Instagram. The TV reality star posted a picture of her boyfriend's new ink of her name, “Kourtney,” written in cursive handwriting, with her manicured hand placed on his chest. A day before, paparazzi spotted Barker's new tattoo as he walked around shirtless. The tattoo is located right above Barker's left nipple.
On April 18, Barker surprised Kardashian with a giant floral display for her 42nd birthday of her favorite flowers. The reality TV star posted a "birthday dump" of photos on her Instagram of Barker and herself, along with her friends and family celebrating her big day. "Little birthday vibes," she captioned the post.
On Kardashian's birthday, Barker posted a sweet Instagram post honoring his girlfriend. The Instagram post was a collection of PDA-filled photos of the couple and a rare intimate video of Kardashian sucking Barker's thumb, laughing as Travis recorded her. "I FUCKING LOVE YOU! 🖤 YOU'RE A BLESSING TO THIS WORLD HAPPY BIRTHDAY," Barker captioned the post.
A source told People that "Travis often spoils her, and he gave her the most amazing, beautiful flower arrangement for her birthday."
The source also said that "Kourtney still seems very happy with Travis. He is very into her. He constantly gives her compliments and attention. You can tell he is thrilled to be dating her." The source continued, "Kourtney is soaking it all up and enjoying life."
A day later, a source spoke to US Weekly about how the seriousness of Barker and Kardashian's relationship. "Their relationship has gotten more serious over the past two months. Travis's post on Instagram was just him wanting to let everyone in the world know how crazy he is about her. They love each other very much, and their chemistry is off the charts."
In late April, Barker and Kardashian took a vacation to Utah. The couple shared moments of their trip as they rock climbed, hiked, and relaxed on a boat enjoying Utah's scenery. Kardashian posted a steamy PDA filled photo of herself in a bikini kissing Barker, while he held her in his arms. "Just like heaven," Kardashian captioned the post.
The couple spent Mother's Day together. Barker gifted Kardashian three giant floral arrangements that filled the hallways of her home. Kardashian took to her Instagram story to share Barker's grand gesture.
Days later, Barker got another tattoo dedicated to his girlfriend. Kardashian posted a gallery of photos and a video of her tattooing Barker 's arm on her Instagram. The tattoo read, "I love you," in her handwriting.
The couple of three months are becoming more severe as they sparked engagement rumors. A source told Entertainment Tonight that "getting engaged and married one day has definitely been a topic of conversation between Kourtney and Travis." The source continued, "Travis would absolutely love to tie the knot with Kourtney, but Kourtney hasn't been sure that's the step she wants to take in their relationship right now. She is extraordinarily happy and doesn't feel the need or want the pressure of getting married."
The source added, "Travis makes Kourtney laugh uncontrollably, and she loves that he always brings a smile to her face. She also really loves that Travis is such a great, hands-on dad. Travis loves that Kourtney has such an entrepreneurial spirit and that she is a strong, independent mom. They feel like they're the perfect match."
A second source, per ET, also confirmed the seriousness of their relationship. "Kourtney and Travis are in love and have talked about their future and the possibility of getting engaged and married. Kourtney hasn't felt this strongly about anyone in a while and can see a forever with Travis," said the source. The source continued, "although the couple hasn't been together for a while, they've known each other for years and have a strong connection." The source added that Kardashian's family hadn't seen her this happy in a while.
Barker took his first flight since 2008 with Kardashian. The drummer hadn't traveled by plane, since surviving a crash 13 years prior that tragically killed four people. He captioned his Instagram photo about the flight to Mexico, “With you anything is possible,” and tagged Kardashian.
After conquering his fear of flying, Barker and Kardashian jetted off to Italy, where they packed on the PDA.
Kardashian's ex, Scott Disick, made headlines for reportedly sending an Instagram DM to another one of the reality star's ex-boyfriends, Younes Bendjima, saying, “Yo is this chick ok!???? Broooo like what is this. In the middle of Italy.” Apparently Disick wasn't a fan of the couple's PDA.
The couple made their red carpet debut at the 2021 MTV VMAs, where Barker performed with Machine Gun Kelly.
On October 17, 2021, Barker proposed to Kardashian on the beach in Montecito, California, surrounded by hundreds of red roses. Of course, she said yes.
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