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Travis Barker: who is Kourtney Kardashians new boyfriend, how long have they been dating and does he have kids? – The Scotsman02.19.21

NewsPeopleThe Blink 182 drummer is covered in tattoos and survived a plane crash

Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 12:15 pm

The latest update for anyone keeping up with the Kardashians, is that eldest sister Kourtney has confirmed she is now romantically involved with Blink 182 drummer, Travis Barker.

The news may be bittersweet for fans of Kourtney and Scott Disicks decade long will they wont they get back together saga, but in a post on Instagram the star made it clear she was now Barkers girlfriend.

So, who is he and does he have children too? This is what you need to know.

Travis Landon Barker is an American musician, songwriter and producer best known as the drummer in rock band Blink-182, though he is also a member of rap rock band Transplants.

Barker was raised in California with his two siblings and parents. His mother Gloria passed away on his first day of high school after suffering from Sjgren syndrome.

He began taking drumming lessons aged six and he continued to refine his musical talents throughout school while also describing himself as a stoner during his time at high school.

The drummer left school and became a binman, while performing with several local punk bands. He then replaced the original drummer for Blink in 1997 and soon became an international star.

Barker has enjoyed a successful drumming career, named by Rolling Stones magazine as one of the top 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time, as well as Punk's first superstar drummer.

As well as his successful career as a drummer, the 45-year-old founded clothing company Famous Stars and Straps in 1999 and LaSalle Records in 2004.

Barker was involved in a plane crash in 2008 when the plane wheel went on fire during takeoff, he was treated for his burns in hospital for 11 weeks, and ABC News later reported he was in so much pain he offered to pay friends $1M to end his life.

He released a memoir titled Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums, in 2015, where he talks about his lifelong fear of flying and now refuses to fly, choosing to take a boat to Europe and a tour bus everywhere else.

He also became a vegan in 2008, having been a vegetarian since the 1990s.

Has he been married and does he have kids?

Barker has been married twice and has two children.

In 2001, he married Melissa Kennedy but the two divorced only nine months later.

He then began dating former Miss USA Shanna Moakler and in October 2003, she gave birth to his first child, a son named Landon Asher.

One year later, in October 2004 the couple married in a wedding inspired by dark animated film Nightmare before Christmas.

They then starred in reality TV show, Meet the Barkers, which followed them as Barker released his final tour with Blink and the production of Transplants album.

Moakler welcomed their second child, a daughter named Alabama Luella Barker, on 24 December 2005.

Barker and Moakler split in August 2006, announcing it on their MySpace pages. The divorce was heavily publicised and Barker subsequently became addicted to consuming excessive amounts of prescription medication, marijuana and alcohol.

He credits the life-changing plane crash in 2008 as saving him from further addiction, as this was when he decided to completely give up pain medication, alcohol and illicit drugs. At this point he took up running and swimming and became vegan.

How did he meet Kourtney Kardashian?

Barker and Kourtney have known each other for some years, but only recently officially started dating.

He has previously dated Kim Kardashians friend Paris Hilton, who Kim also worked for in the early noughties.

The drummer had commented on his attraction to Kim in 2015, saying How could you not stare at Kim?

Mind you, I enjoyed hanging out with Paris, but I love curvy girls. Kim was eye candy.

I was [in] no way disrespectful to Paris, but I couldnt keep my eyes off Kim.

However, he has never been romantically involved with Kim and in 2018 he collaborated with her husband, Kanye West on the track "One Minute".

At the time, Kourtney was dating Younes Bendjima but the couple went their separate ways later in 2018

In March 2019, Barker denied rumours he was dating Kourtney Kardashian, stating: Kourtneys like a dear friend. Thats it.

I mean, I love her to death. I love her family to death. But yeah, just friends.

The pair lived in the same gated community in Calabasas, California for years and his two children are thought to be friendly with the eldest two of Kourtneys brood - Mason and Penelope.

She also has son Reign, all of whom are with her ex-partner and long term friend, Scott Disick.

Kourtney and Travis were spotted together at the Palm Springs home of her mum - momager Kris Jenner - in January 2021.

Reports at the time stated sources close to the couple said they were smitten with one another.

However, it was not until 16 February that Kardashian revealed they are official. In a post on her Instagram to her 111 million followers, she shared a picture of their two hands clasped together.

The picture has already been liked over 2 million times.

What do Barkers tattoos mean?

Barker has over 100 tattoos, which are almost as famous as his music.

Some of the most notable are the portrait of his daughter on his back, as well as the words Landon and Alabama on each wrist, the name of his two children.

The SELF MADE tattoo on his knuckles is in honour of his success as an artist, he explained the tattoo was inked in 2000 because: Ive worked for everything I have. I dont really have anyone to thank for my hand through it all, and making me what I am.

Barker has One Life One Chance scribed on the top of his head, One Life One Chance is the name of a non-profit organisation founded in 2009 by Toby Morse, the lead singer of the band H2O.

Barker is a member of the organisation and in 2012, he said: I support what Toby is doing for the youth. Its good that these kids can see that not every rockstar is a drug addict and he is such a positive, all-around role model for them.

The drummer has a love for Cadillacs, which could be the reason behind the huge Cadillac scribe up the right-hand-side of his torso, alongside a 1947 Cadillac emblem.

The Can I Say tattoo on his neck is in tribute to the first album of band Dag Nasty, an American punk rock band from Washington D.C. Barker has spoken of his love for the band, as a young man growing up.The boombox and angel wings on his stomach are a tribute to his love for music, he has said of the tattoo: I grew up loving to break-dance and I collected ghetto blasters. I had like 20 of them.

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Najee gave Bay Area every reason to root for him forever – NBC Sports Bay Area01.15.21

Before Najee Harris played in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship, he joked that his Alabama teammate Tua Tagovailoa would have more fans in the stands at Levi's Stadium than he would, despite Harris playing in front of his hometown fans in the Bay Area.

"Never more than Tua," Harris said with a laugh. "Never."

Now two years after that heartbreaking loss to the Clemson Tigers, Harris was back in the national championship for the third time in his four-year career at Alabama. Days prior to Monday's title game, a digital billboard was seen of Harris in Antioch that read #AntiochStrong. Truth be told, Antioch and the rest of the Bay Area have always kept its eyes on Harris. From overcoming years of adversity with his single mother and four siblings in the East Bay to becoming a star on and off the field for the Crimson Tide, Najee has given his home fans every reason to always watch over him.

Harris, 22, capped off his historic college career Monday night in Alabama's 52-24 blowout win over Ohio State with 158 total yards (79 rushing and 79 receiving) and three total touchdowns (two rushing and one receiving). His 30 TDsare the most in a single season in both Alabama and SEC history. He holds the Alabama record formost career rushing yards (3,843) andrushing touchdowns (46) in school history. Harris also holds the school record for yards from scrimmage (4,624) and total TDs (57).

As a two-time national champion and Alabama record book staple, Harris compiled the greatest college career by an Alabama running back ever. Better than Derrick Henry, Shaun Alexander, Mark Ingram and so many others. But it wasn't always easy. Not as a youth, and not in Tuscaloosa.

Harris spent time in homeless shelters and hotels as a child before moving to Antioch when he was 13 years old. He admitted frustration insharing a backfield withfuture NFL running backs in Josh Jacobs (Raiders) and Damien Harris (New England Patriots) his first two years of college. There even have been reports he thought about transferring after his freshman year. But Harris stuck with the plan, and he's extremely thankful he did so.

Im different in a lot of ways, Harrissaid to the San Francisco Chronicle's Ron Kroichick days before the championship game. I guess you could say Ive matured a lot, just in going about life and school. Im growing into a man, I guess just being more responsible. I approached school differently (this year), 100 percent."

Harris has been vocal about his preference for his homeover Alabama. He even got a "Bay Area" tattoo last year. Really, he took the best part of the Bay with him to the South. Harris graduated with adegree in consumer sciences and earned a minor in social welfare. He recently went viral for remembering Kroichick's voice over a Zoom press conference. Harris even imitated fellow Northern California legend Megan Rapinoe and explained how he has been inspired by the USWNT star.

"Megan, she go crazy," Harris said before beating Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl. "She's from California, first of all. And she listen to Nipsey [Hussle]. Nipsey Hussle's like one of my favorite rappers, too. She gave a shoutout to him.

"But really, just all the stuff she stands up for. She's a feminist in how women in the world get treated unfairly and how they get paid different than men. So she really stands up for all that, I like how she does all that. Obviously all the social injustice, she plays a part in all that. And for her to be a woman and saying all that stuff, it could be scary for her for being a woman in what they would say is a man's world. And her just playing a part, standing up, not listening to all the naysayers out there and standing up for what she believes in, it's motivating and it's inspirational.

"Me as a male, I guess you could say ... not too many males would say that they look up to a woman. But I really look up to her, just for what she does outside of sports."

Harris himself helped lead a walk in Tuscaloosa during the summer to protest racial injustice. He wore a shirt that read "Defend Black Lives; racial solidarity against this corrupt system" while walking next to coach Nick Saban. Harris, who was seen as reserved growing up, even gave a speech at the event.

This is not a problem that will simply come and go in a news cycle, Harris said, according to AL.com. It is not a problem that will eventually dissipate without action. Being here today is a huge step, but I ask you, whats next? For certain, we cant let this momentum die. This has to be an ongoing movement until change happens. We must do more as a team and as individuals to keep this movement going.

This call for change cannot end here today. We walk to this schoolhouse door intentionally because, while much has changed in the last 57 years, too many things have not. So in the present moment, we as student-athletes need to play our part in bringing out positive change. ... We need change in our system of law enforcement, we need change in our communities and we need change in our hearts.

The star running back is a culture changer. Antioch High School won one game his freshman year when he rushed for165 yards on the varsity team in 2013. They then won seven games his sophomore year and reached the second round of the playoffs when he rushed for 2,263 yards and 23 touchdowns. Antioch won the Bay Valley League his junior year when they went 11-1 as Harris rushed for 2,744 yards and 36 touchdowns, and they reached the second round of the playoffs his senior year when he gained 2,776 yards rushing and scored another 34 rushing TDs. He finished his high school career with 7,948 rushing yards, which is a Bay Area prep record and the fourth-most in California history.

Now, Harris is ready for the next step, one that any Bay Area high school football fan saw coming. He returned to Alabama for his senior season and went from a late-second or early-third-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft to the top running back in the draft class and a likely first-round pick. It seems unlikely he lands with the 49ers, the team he grew up rooting for, or the Raiders, the team that took his former teammate(Jacobs) in the first round two years ago. Both teams have to hope Harris isn't in their division for years to come, though.

From his days bouncing between homes as a child to cementing his legacy in college, Harris grew in every sense of the word. He grew as an imposing force on the football field and a better student in the classroom. Most importantly, he grew as a person, understanding just how important his voice can be.

No matter where Harris winds up next, he'll always know where home is and he'll never have to search for fans. The Bay will always look out for one of its very best.

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Helena year in review: Looking back at top news stories of 2020 – Shelby County Reporter – Shelby County Reporter01.03.21

FROM STAFF REPORTS

The year 2020 was as historic as it was shockingthe headlines included an attempt to return to a normal economy amid COVID-19, the early closure and staggered return of school, a dreaded second wave of the pandemic, and significant local and national elections. Here we recap the top news stories from a year we will not soon forget:

JANUARY

Jobless rate at record low for 7th straight month

Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced that, for the seventh month in a row, Alabama has reached a new record low unemployment rate, with Shelby Countys rate again the lowest in the state.

Alabamas preliminary, seasonally adjusted November unemployment rate is 2.7 percent, down from Octobers previous record rate of 2.8 percent, and well below November 2018s rate of 3.8 percent.

Bywater Oyster Bar & Grill opens in Old Town Helena

Youll certainly feel like youre dining seaside when you sample a seafood dish at Bywater Oyster Bar & Grill. Even though the closest body of water is nearby Buck Creek, the new establishment in Helenas Old Town district seeks to create a coastal state of mind amidst the historic backdrop of the 1890s structure occupied by 4085 Helena Road.

Morgan Road expansion project continues

An expansion project aimed at widening the heavily trafficked Morgan Road (Highway 52) is making progress in its effort to relieve congestion on the route. The road, which links Helena and Bessemer, has been in dire need of expansion since the population in the area increased more than 20 years ago. Currently more than 18,000 drivers take the route each day, which has caused severe congestion on the two-lane highway.

Reporter moves publication days to weekends

The Shelby County Reporter and its affiliate newspapers serving Alabaster, Helena, Pelham and the Highway 280 corridor, are shifting publication days from Wednesdays to Weekends, beginning with newspapers to be published on Saturday, Feb. 1 . Wednesday, Jan. 29 is the final Wednesday edition with the first Weekend days later.

FEBRUARY

Minor storm damage hits Helena following tornado

Parts of Shelby County were awoken during the early morning hours of Thursday, Feb. 6, by a sudden tornado warning, specifically the city of Helena, as well as other areas of North Shelby County along the Alabama 119 and U.S. 280 area. Around 2 a.m. a tornado warning was issued for the county just to the west of Helena, and shortly after that turned into a confirmed tornado according to ABC 33/40 meteorologist James Spann.

Samaniego appointed to commission position

Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego was appointed to serve as a Commissioner on the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town announced Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Flash flooding causes issues for roads in county

As rain moved through Shelby County on Monday, Feb. 10, the area was put under a flash flood warning, and it didnt take long for flooding to take over many roadways.

Several roads became impassable in cities like Alabaster, Calera, Chelsea, Columbiana and Pelham, as well as areas off Cahaba Valley Road in North Shelby. The recorded rainfall from 7 a.m. on Feb. 10 until 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, was more than 3 inches across the entire county, while some spots got close to 4.5 inches of rain in the 24-hour span.

Public meeting to be held about toll bridge

Lay Lake area residents and others will have an opportunity to voice their opinions about a proposed toll bridge over the Coosa River at a public involvement meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

A private developer has proposed the toll bridge project, which would connect Shelby and Talladega counties, at Shelby County 28 at Perkins Landing on the Shelby County side of the river.

Llamagram spreads love across county

Most people expect to receive candy and flowers on Valentines Day, but this year Helena Hollow Farm helped people bring something a little more exciting to loved ones with Llamagrams.

For the fee of $50 the farm brought a live llama as a gift to the front door for several residents unsuspecting Valentines. According to Jamie Griffin, Helena Hollow owner, the Llamagrams were a big success.

MARCH

Community steps up to provide food assistance

The immediate closure of public schools in Shelby County in light of the ongoing threat of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has raised questions about children having access to an adequate supply of food during the next several weeks.

Three car thief suspects arrested in Helena

Three car thief suspects have been apprehended by the Helena Police Department after an early morning chase ended with the three suspects fleeing on foot following a car crash. According to the Helena Police Department, the individuals stole a car in Alabaster and around 4 a.m. were spotted by HPD before crashing their vehicle and taking off on foot.

Commission rejects proposed toll bridge

A proposal to build a toll bridge over the Coosa River connecting Shelby and Talladega counties was denied by a unanimous vote of the Shelby County Commission at its meeting on Monday, March 23.

County has 36.67-percent voter turnout

With Super Tuesday came a busy day of voting for many residents across Shelby County, and at the end of the day, several candidates had won primary elections, while other races are headed to run-offs.

Alabama schools closed until April 6

Gov. Kay Ivey addressed the state of Alabama in a press conference on Friday afternoon, March 13, and declared a state of emergency, while also declaring that all public schools in the state will be closed for 2.5 weeks as of Thursday, March 19.

Residents unite for help during viral outbreak

Helena residents are coming together to share information and provide help to fellow residents during the coronavirus epidemic through a Facebook group called Helena Pandemic Help Exchange. According to City Council President Hal Woodman who created the group, the goal is to create a network of neighbors to help each other through this crisis.

Hillsboro to see new retail space

A development project headed by U.S. Steel Real Estate will bring a new retail area to the Hillsboro community in Helena, as well as improvements for the trail system that surrounds the area.

APRIL

Freddys and Dunkin set to open in Helena

A business development that was approved by the Helena Council last year is set to bring several new businesses to the city including Chick-fil-A, Freddys, Dunkin and more.

The retail development is located at the intersection of Alabama 261 and Shelby County 52, the former location of Helena Tire and Wheel. The project was proposed by Retail Specialists, LLC after acquiring the approximately 7 acre site.

Helena FBC finds new way to hold its services

Most local churches have decided to cancel in-person services due to the spread of COVID-19, however the First Baptist Church in Helena found a way to gather without risking anyones health by holding a drive-in service on Sunday, March 29.

City OKs funds for distance learning

The Helena City Council has approved a total of $150,000 for Helena schools, including $25,000 to each of the four schools and an additional $50,000 to assist with unexpected expenses related to distance learning.

The Council met remotely in a special called meeting Friday, March 27 to approve the measurejust a day after Gov. Kay Ivey announced Alabama public schools would close for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Unemployment numbers spike across county

On Saturday, March 14, Shelby Countys unemployment insurance initial claims sat at 38 for the month. Two weeks later, on Saturday, March 28, it had risen to 2,439 claims. Thats the harsh reality of what the first two weeks of COVID- 19 did to the countys workforce. Almost as staggering, the states number of claims rose from 1,819 on March 14 to 80,984 on March 28. The Alabama Department of Labor said 74,844 of those claims are COVID-19 related.

Gov. Ivey issues stay-at-home order

A week shy of a month into Alabamas battle with COVID-19, Gov. Kay Ivey issued a stay-at-home order for the state on Friday, April 3, to try and curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

HHS seniors congratulated with banners

Since HHS is unable to hold a graduation ceremony for its seniors until this summer at the earliest due to the spread of COVID- 19, the city of Helena has placed banners all over town congratulating them on their special achievement. The signs read City of Helena Congratulates Helena High School Class of 2020.

Crave Candles Co. debuts hand sanitizer line

Lori Newell knows how to pour a luxury soy candle, but lately, she has spent much of her time crafting a different commodity: hand sanitizer.

Newell, who owns Crave Candles Company in Helena, realized the COVID-19 pandemic had led to a shortage of sanitizer at stores and decided she wanted to create a solution.

MAY

Helena businesses reopen under new guidelines

Following the amended guidelines of Gov. Kay Iveys safer-at-home order, many businesses were allowed to reopen their doors to customers on May 11.

This amended version includes allowing restaurants to have limited seating for dine-in service, and allows close-contact services, like hair salons, barbershops and tattoo parlors, to begin serving their customers with new and strict guidelines.

Pippa Daspit wins Helena Virtual Festival

Over the past two weeks more than 15 residents performed talents and nearly 700 people participated in the voting process for the Helena Virtual Festival and Social Distancing Talent Show. The winning submission featured 5-year old Pippa Daspit singing a parody of the classic Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid, receiving more than 500 likes.

Dollar Tree location will open in Helena

Helena residents will soon be able to shop at the discount retailer Dollar Tree following the completion of a major retail development in the city, which also still features a vacant spot for lease next door.

Helena Hollow hosts prom for Helena, Thompson students

Helena Hollow will be hosting a Second Chance Dance for at least two local schools starting on May 29 with Thompson High School, before then hosting another one on June 5 for Helena High School.

The event is designed to give juniors and seniors who missed their prom this year a second chance at the memorable dance after COVID-19 ended the school year more than two months early and kept schools from putting on the event.

Local churches reopen amid eased guidelines

Over the past few months many churches have had to find creative ways to continue having services, due to distancing guidelines not allowing for indoor meetings. Some churches used livestreams, and others had drive-in services in the parking lots of their buildings.

County has one of lower jobless rates despite record highs

As COVID-19 has taken the economy, shaken it up and thrown it to the wolves, the country and state have both seen record highs in unemployment rates. The country hit 14.7 percent in April, which was the lowest mark since the Great Depression era, while the state of Alabama had a 12.9 percent unemployment rate during the month, which marked its lowest since 1982 (15.5 percent).

JUNE

Helena High School celebrates its 2020 seniors

The HHS football stadium filled with friends and family Tuesday, June 2, to celebrate the class of 2020 on their achievement of finishing high school and earning their diplomas.

Helena schools approve new administrators

Two new administrators were approved for schools in the city of Helena during a virtual meeting of the Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday, May 28.

Mary Anderson was approved to become the new principal of Helena Elementary School, replacing previous principal Jeff Norris, while Kara Burleson will be the new system assistant principal and has been assigned to Helena Intermediate School for the coming 2020- 2021 school year.

Helena mayor wont run for another term

After serving two terms as the mayor of Helena, Mark Hall announced on Thursday, June 4, that he wont be seeking a third term as the citys mayor.

Helena students get second chance at prom

While they were unable to experience a sense of normal for a while, Helenas senior class got the opportunity to graduate a week ago and then on Friday, June 5, they got the opportunity to enjoy their senior prom thanks to some help from Helena Hollow, who hosted a second chance dance.

SCS gave away more than 180K meals to students

As news broke that schools would close for the remainder of the year, the Shelby County Child Nutrition Program employees put on their masks and gloves and got to work feeding students who would be impacted by the loss of breakfast and lunch meals normally provided at school.

From the first meals served on March 16 to the final meals served on May 21, CNP staff served a total of 181,152 grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals to students.

Refined to go opens restaurant in Helena

In case youve not heard the news, theres a new to-go spot in Old Town Helena that is the latest buzz. Still in their first few weeks of being open, chef James Washington and his wife Star have officially opened Helenas newest eatery named Refined to go, which is located at 778 2nd St. on the backside of Oh My Sole and Brain Freeze.

Mayors unite for peace, racial equality

Mayors of cities and towns in Shelby County released a collective statement supporting peace and racial equality in the wake of nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd.

Helena watermelon festival marks start of summer

Summer was in full swing at Helena Hollow as many guests kicked off the season on Saturday, June 20, for the farms Watermelon Crawl Festival.

JULY

Mackey: Campuses will reopen in the fall

In a press conference on Friday morning, June 26, State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey not only laid out the road map for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year amid the COVID-19 outbreak but said students will return for in-person instruction.

Absolutely, our campuses will reopen for in-person instruction, he said early in the press conference.

Shelby County surpasses 1,000 cases of COVID-19

It was another record-high week in Shelby Countys battle with COVID-19, as 239 new cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed, causing the county to eclipse the 1,000 confirmed-case mark.

Ivey issues mandatory order requiring masks

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