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Melissa McKnight – Bio, Age, Family, Facts About Matt Leblanc’s Wife

Whether Friends Matt Leblanc had a reputation for being a woman, Melissa McKnight has a reputation for being the woman who tamed his wild ways. The couple first met through mutual friends in 1997 and began dating that same year. However, the marriage proved more difficult, and the couple broke up only after three years in the union. So what caused their divorce and what has McKnight been up to since then? All these and many more details will be announced below.

Melissa McKnight Bio (Age)

Melissa Sue McKnight was born on the 10th of March 1965 in England. When she was still a child, her family moved to America and thus acquired American citizenship. McKnight spent her school years in the United States of America and completed her education there.

In terms of her career, Melissa McKnight is a model as well as an actress. She has appeared on the cover of several magazines including Cosmopolitan, Elle and Vogue. She has also appeared in commercials for various high-end fashion and beauty brands. On the acting side, the British-born model has appeared in TV series like VH1 All Access (2001).

McKnight was also featured in the 2001 mockumentary titled Triangles and Tribulation . The video revolves around an eccentric history professor who dreams of becoming a professional triangle champion. He later enters a frenzied competition with the city’s mayor for the title.

Melissa McKnight family (husband and children)

It is commonly said that hit once, shy twice. However, Melissa McKnight is a woman who is not afraid to try again in matters of the heart. The former model has been married and divorced twice. Her first marriage was to American rocker Anthony Esposito. Esposito is both bass player and music producer. He was a member of the hard rock band Lynch Mob between 1989 – 1994 and 2003 – 2006. During his time with the band they have released at least three albums including Wicked Sensation, Lynch Mob and REvolution .

Aside from music, Anthony Esposito is also a set designer and art director and has worked on the MVT shows. The Storytellers and Unplugged . McKnight and Esposito began their union, producing two children, Tyler (son) and Jacqueline (daughter), and the couple called it quits in 1996. The divorce was blamed on a lack of commitment on both sides, particularly Espositos.

second marriage

Melissa McKnight found love again in 1997; this time with Friends star, Matt Leblanc. They met just a year before getting engaged in 1998. The couple later joined a magical twilight ceremony in May 2003 on an oceanfront bluff in Kauai, Hawaii. Their wedding had about 150 guests, including Leblanc co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow and Courtney Cox. McKnight’s children from her first marriage were also part of the wedding celebration as they served as attendants. After the celebrations, McKnight and her husband settled at their ranch in Encino, California and began family life. They welcomed another family member in 2004, a daughter named Marina.

Divorce from Matt Leblanc

McKnight and her husband separated in January 2006 and their divorce was finalized that same year. The couples split was largely due to Leblanc’s femininity. The actor was publicly photographed groping a stripper at a nude bar while vacationing with friends in British Columbia. The actor also reportedly started a relationship with his Joey co-star Andrea Anders. Despite the nature of their split, both parties pursued an amicable divorce. They did not ask for spousal support but for joint custody of their daughter. McKnight has maintained warm relations with her ex since divorcing Leblanc in 2006. They remain friends and devoted parents to their daughter Marina.

Other facts about Melissa McKnight

  • She appeared on the cover of the French edition of Cosmopolitan in January 1988.
  • She met Matt Leblanc through actor Lou Diamond Philips and his wife Kelly, who is her friend.
  • Their daughter Marina was born with a rare brain disorder known as cortical dysplasia. The condition can cause seizures and affect the ability to speak and walk. Fortunately, Marina was able to overcome the disease when she was two years old.
  • McKnight has three children from her two marriages. They are daughters Jacqueline and Marina and son Tyler.
  • Her ex-husband Matt Leblanc used to host the popular British car magazine show Top Gear from 2016 to 2019.