Why Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker Skipped the 2022 MTV VMAs

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Why Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker Skipped the 2022 MTV VMAs

Newlyweds Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker opted not to make their first big red carpet appearance at tonight's MTV VMAs following their May wedding. Barker is up for Best Alternative Song with Willow and Avril Lavigne for “G R O W.” Given his one nomination, it's understandable why Barker and Kardashian chose not to come out to Newark, New Jersey for the ceremony.

Barker has been out on tour with Machine Gun Kelly, with Kardashian sharing some shots from the road. Her last carousel of photos, posted to her Instagram on August 23, featured shots of her and Barker in Indiana.

The two were photographed together in Los Angeles on August 24:

Photo credit: Rachpoot/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images
Photo credit: Rachpoot/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images

Barker's return to performing follows his health scare in late June when he was hospitalized for severe pancreatitis. Barker wrote on his Instagram Story, following his discharge:

“I went in for an endoscopy Monday feeling great. But After dinner, I developed excruciating pain and have been hospitalized ever since. During the endoscopy, I had a very small polyp removed right in a very sensitive area, usually handled by specialists, which unfortunately damaged a critical pancreatic drainage tube. This resulted in severe life threatening pancreatitis. I am so very very grateful that with intensive treatment I am currently much better.”

Kardashian shared her own statement on her Instagram, writing, “Oh what a scary and emotional week it has been. Our health is everything and sometimes we take for granted how quickly it can change. Travis and I went in for a routine endoscopy together and he ended up with severe, life-threatening pancreatitis.”

She added, “I am so grateful to God for healing my husband, for all of your prayers for him and for us, for the overwhelming outpouring of love and support. I am so touched and appreciative.”

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