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Travis Barker Clears Air on Kourtney-Kim Kardashian Rumors and His Alleged Past Fling With Kim

Kim Kardashian left with Travis Barker right
Photos: Kim Kardashian left/CMG - Travis Barker right/RBC Media

Blink-182’s Travis Barker recently decided it's time to confront and clarify the persistent rumors that have been circulating about him being a wedge between the Kardashian sisters, Kourtney and Kim.

The Underlying Rumor

The drummer of Blink-182 opened up in a fresh conversation with the Los Angeles Times. Rumors had swirled around Barker's previous remarks about Kim Kardashian, made in his 2016 memoir, suggesting that there might have been a link between this and the alleged ongoing tension between the sisters. The rocker had described Kim as “f------ hot”, admitting that he used to secretly admire her even though he was romantically involved with Paris Hilton at that period.

However, Barker rubbished the speculation and stated, “You give people a little information and they think they’ve solved the mystery of ‘this is why they’re fighting.’ It’s just so ridiculous.” He further expressed his exasperation with how people misconstrued the narrative, with claims such as “Kourtney’s fans are worried about Travis. He’s a womanizer.” He emphasized that his intentions behind sharing those details in the memoir were purely therapeutic.

Barker's Bond with the Kardashians

Travis Barker, who exchanged wedding vows with Kourtney Kardashian in a three-part ceremony the previous year, reiterated the platonic nature of his relationship with Kim. “That’s her sister. She knows we used to talk. Nothing bad was going on,” he revealed.

Kim Kardashian herself had previously addressed this speculation. In 2021, as whispers grew louder about her alleged relationship with Barker, she tackled the issue head-on during an Instagram Q&A session. “NO! False narrative!" she exclaimed. "We've been friends for years, and I'm so happy for him and Kourt."

The Root of the Kardashian Sisters' Tiff

The friction between the Kardashian sisters reportedly commenced when Kim launched a fashion line with Dolce & Gabbana shortly after Kourtney's wedding, which was notably styled by the same renowned Italian brand.

A particular episode of The Kardashians further illuminated their discord. Kim drew parallels between Kourtney's wedding and her own nuptial with Kanye West in 2014. She pointed out, "I got married in Italy. Am I saying you copied me by getting married in Italy? Who performed at my wedding? Andrea Bocelli. Who performed at Kourtney’s wedding? Andrea Bocelli.”

This disagreement continued to intensify, but Kim displayed her characteristic wit by referencing their spat in a repost of Corey Gamble’s picture (from his Dolce & Gabbana collaboration), tagging Kourtney with a cheeky “👀.”

Moving Forward

On her 43rd birthday, Kourtney hinted at burying the hatchet. Sharing a throwback to their teenage brawls, she stated on Instagram, “People think the fights they’ve seen on TV are bad if only they got to witness the hair pulling, nail digging ones from early high school.” She ended on a loving note, celebrating the bond of sisterhood, “I love you deeply forever and always. May God bless this year with love and happiness and abundant joy ❤️.”

To sum it up, while public figures like the Kardashians and Travis Barker live under constant scrutiny, it's essential to discern between mere rumors and reality. The recent clarifications from Barker highlight the importance of understanding the context and hearing out individuals before jumping to conclusions.

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