Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian gave new meaning to PDA when they went public with their relationship. From red carpet make-out sessions to handy Insta shots on a private plane, these two lovebirds, who tied the knot at a glamorous Italian wedding in spring 2022, have taken the public with them to every milestone. The intensity of their relationship makes it hard to remember that Blink-182’s drummer was halfway through a string of celebrity romances before he met the eldest Kardashian sibling. For example, he and singer Rita Ora (who is now married to director Taika Waititi) were once involved in a short (and we mean short) courtship that didn’t quite go with the public nature of his relationship with the “Kardashians” star, but definitely came close.
US Weekly was the first to report that Barker and Ora were dating in 2015. The publication quoted a source connected to Barker as saying, “[Barker’s] like very much [Ora.] He likes interesting women and she’s beautiful.” The same source noted that their mutual love of music cemented their bond.
A few weeks later, Barker followed US Weekly, and while he didn’t specifically confirm a relationship, he did share that he and Ora had met at the Power 106 All-Star Game. “We just took a picture together but obviously she’s stunning and gorgeous,” Barker added. “Of course, Rita Ora was the only hot cheerleader in the whole place, so you couldn’t help but notice her.”
More public confirmations soon followed.
Travis Barker gushed about Rita Ora
Officially, Travis Barker and Rita Ora dated for around three weeks (via Daily Mail UK). During this time, the couple managed to bag a lot of social media content. For example, Barker commemorated the short-lived couple’s first official meeting in a black-and-white Instagram snap, which he captioned, “Me and the beautiful @ritaora at @power_106 #Power106AllStars.” Pleased with the cute reputation, Ora posted the same image her Instagram account and replied, “Nice to see you too.” Around the same time, Barker continued to gushed about Ora. In a now-deleted People interview, the drummer had nothing but glowing things to say about PopSugar, “I mean, she’s awesome. It’s one of those great things that happens, you’re like, ‘Whoa, I wasn’t expecting that.’ And I never doubt it. Just enjoy it.”
Shortly thereafter, in October 2015, Barker and Ora showed up separately to a Halloween event at Knott’s Berry Farm. However, Entertainment Tonight reports that the two have bonded inside, where they have spent time with Barker’s children from a previous relationship. The same report says the former X Factor judge got on well with the kids and was “really cute” with them. Despite their fall fun, the relationship ended before Halloween that year. A source claimed Barker said, “I don’t have this longing to be in a 24/7 relationship.” A short statement for an even shorter relationship.
The chaotic drama from Travis Barker and Rita Ora
Despite the brevity of the relationship, Travis Barker and Rita Ora still experienced a bit of messy relationship drama. During the commercial, Barker’s ex-wife, Shanna Moakler, went to the press and shared some seriously negative revelations about their relationship. “Our marriage has been plagued by his addiction to pills and other women,” she told the Daily Mail UK. She added: “He cheated on me all the time. Living with him was like being on a roller coaster – he’s a character from Jekyll and Hyde. I wish Rita the best of luck – she’s going to need it.”
While Barker never responded to Moakler’s rude words, he did address rumors that he was living with her while he was dating Ora. “One word for it: just thirsty. Thirsty. I have no connection to my baby’s mother, other than that she is the mother of my children. I don’t know where these rumors are coming from. This is the craziest thing I’ve ever heard,” Barker announced, according to Contact Music US Weekly.
And though Ora and Barker have been apart for years, they share another common thread: Robert Kardashian. Yes, that’s right, before Ora started dating Kourtney Kardashian’s current husband, she dated her brother, who even got a tattoo of hers, via IB Times. Despite the possible awkwardness, the Kardashian family has welcomed Travis Barker with open arms, if her hit Hulu show The Kardashians, in which he and the reality star flaunt their love in front of the entire family, is any indication.