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Kourtney & Travis' Relationship Timeline Started Long Before Their Engagement

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker’s relationship was first confirmed in January 2021, but their bond had been brewing long before that. Before they started dating, Kourtney and Travis were friends because they had been neighbors in Calabasas, California. After being “friends and family friends for a very long time,” a romantic relationship blossomed. And now that the couple has agreed on forever, it seems like there’s no turning back.

Travis was first linked to the Kardashian family in 2006; he was dating Paris Hilton, who was Kim Kardashian’s close friend at the time. After appearing in his own reality show Meet The Barkers, the Blink-182 drummer apparently encouraged the family to launch Keeping Up With The Kardashians. In 2017, Travis revealed to ET that his family occasionally hosts dinners with Kourtney’s family. He began appearing on KUWTK that same year, and his relationship with Kourtney only grew stronger.

The details of Kourtney and Travis’ close friendship turned romantic affair can be traced in a timeline marked with charming nights out and intimate social media posts dating back to 2018. Without further ado, it’s time to take a deep dive into their relationship history:

Kourtney and Travis were spotted leaving vegan restaurant Crossroads Kitchen in 2018. Metro UK reported that Kourtney posted a pic on her Instagram Stories that appeared to be her touching a tiny plastic toy hand that was perched on one of Travis’ tattooed fingers. A love story in the making.

That same month, Kourtney and Travis reportedly attended a “late-night” Hillsong church service where they both sported all-black outfits. The Daily Mail stated they took a trip to the famous church in Kourtney’s Aston Martin, with her in the driver’s seat and the drummer riding shotgun.

After attending Kanye West’s then-weekly Sunday Service, Travis joined Kourtney for another date night in Malibu in February 2019.

Though they had been spotted in public on multiple occasions, Travis dispelled the chatter about a supposed relationship between them in March 2019. He told People, “Kourtney’s like a dear friend. That’s it… I mean, I love her to death. I love her family to death. But yeah, just friends.”

Additional news of Kourtney and Travis’ rumored romance continued to gain traction at the top of 2021 when a source told E! about their “very low key” connection. “They are a really good match, and Kourtney’s entire family already loves Travis. They have been neighbors and great friends for years, and it just recently turned romantic,” the source said.

That same month, the Internet exploded when Kourtney and Travis posted serene landscape pictures seemingly from Kris Jenner’s luxurious Palm Springs abode. Of course, this bolstered rumors of a potential romance between the duo.

In February, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star and punk rocker finally decided to make their relationship Instagram official with a photo of their interlocked hands posted around Valentine’s Day. The pic, which lives on Kourtney’s account, is of her freshly manicured hand holding Barker's and appears to have been taken in a car. Barker isn't tagged in the photo, but his tattoos are quite recognizable. Also, he reposted the picture to his Instagram Story and left a heart in her comments. Expressing their excitement and support, Kacey Musgraves and Miranda Kerr dropped hearts in the comment section, and Kardashian's friend Addison Rae wrote, "THIS."

The picture came several days after she and Barker were seen out on the town for dinner in Los Angeles looking “very connected.”

During an appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show in March, Travis talked to the actress and TV host about his relationship with Kourtney and what it’s been like not only just dating another parent but also a “great friend.” He said, “I would date girls that didn’t have kids, and I find it kind of hard because they would... I think they would have trouble understanding like, well, why don’t you want to go to dinner every night with me?” He continued, “And now I’m spending time with a woman who’s like a great mom, who’s like a great friend. You don’t have to worry about any of those things. It just comes natural. It’s like a maturity thing.”

Over the course of one week in March, Kourtney and Travis went out on two public dates. For the second consecutive excursion to their favorite sushi hangout in Malibu, Nobu, Kourtney made headlines for wearing an explicit T-shirt that felt very pop-punk.

The pair took a romantic desert vacation to celebrate Kourtney’s birthday, following Travis’ loved-up post dedicated to her on April 18, in which he described her as “a blessing to this world.”

Travis is known for his impressive collection of tattoos, and on May 12, the couple revealed that Kourtney added one more to the bunch. In a series of photos posted on Instagram, Kourtney carefully scribed “I love you” on Travis’ right forearm. The musician complimented her handiwork, describing Kourtney as a “woman of many talents.” If a permanent tattoo is any indication, the pair’s relationship is looking pretty solid.

Barker and Kardashian celebrated their first Fourth of July together at the happiest place on Earth. The couple spent July 4 at Disneyland with Barker’s teenage kids, Landon and Alabama, and Kardashian’s 6-year-old son, Reign Disick, as seen in snapshots posted to their Instagram Stories. In one picture, Barker kisses his girlfriend’s head as the families pose near a group of Star Wars stormtroopers. In a photo shared by Kardashian, the pair show off their matching Converse sneakers. The couple who goes to Disneyland together stays together.

The pair headed to Las Vegas the following week to attend the star-studded UFC 264 fight on July 10, during which they were prompted to share a kiss on live TV. Appearing to go in for a full-on make-out session, Barker and Kardashian simply touched tongues and pulled away laughing.

During the trip, Kardashian also shared some sweet snaps of the couple chatting and laughing in their hotel to her Instagram page with the caption, “What happens in Vegas.” On July 12, Kardashian's hairstylist Glen Oropeza sparked some serious wedding rumors as he posted more photos of the pair in Las Vegas and wrote, “…NOWWW I understand why ppl tie the knot in Vegas” alongside a chapel emoji. “There’s nothing like love AND a good time.”

Fans were immediately sent into a frenzy trying to figure out if the couple had secretly married, and an Instagram Story post by Barker’s 15-year-old daughter Alabama further fueled speculation. “So happy for you guys ❤️❤️