Matt Le Blanc is everywhere. From the random clips of the sitcom ‘Friends’ that pop out on social media now and then to the never-ending memes and gifs, the character of Joey was so successful that Hollywood decided to make a separate series and just name it Joey. And while the second series never took off, it takes nothing away from Le Blanc’s masterful appearance. But for the actor, things got really bad after the final episode of Friends. He felt too burnt out and had to go through a dark stage of his life, where he ended up losing his wife, Melissa McKnight. So, for this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Melissa McKnight.
Melissa Sue ‘Missy’ McKnight was born on the 10th of March 1965, in England. Born and raised in England, McKnight spent most of her early life in England and later moved to the United States. The single child of Regis McKnight and Nancy McKnight, not much is known about McKnight, and details on her early life have never been revealed to the media. Not much is known about her academic associations and McKnight still remains a private figure in the eyes of the media.
While McKnight remained in the eyes of the media during her early years as a model, fame has not found her since. She began her career early on and was signed to Elite Models based in New York City. McKnight worked on a series of campaigns for several prominent brands during her time and also graced the covers of Vogue, Elle, and Cosmopolitan. While she gained fame during her early years, McKnight could not carry it on. Her career took a massive hit after her personal tribulations with Matt Le Blanc and the birth of their daughter, who was diagnosed with cortical dysplasia, a condition that affects the brain, bones, and motor skills.
McKnight also had the briefest of stints as an actress on “Triangles and Tribulations” (2001). She also guest-starred at The 31st Annual People’s Choice Awards and VH1: All Access.
Prior to getting hitched to Matt Le Blanc, McKnight was married to the rock musician Anthony Robert Esposito. The pair met during the late 1980s and tied the knot in 1990. The pair had two children during their time together, Tyler Esposito who was born in 1991, and a daughter Jacqueline Esposito who was born in 1995. The pair divorced the year after their daughter was born. Not much is known about the reasons for their divorce.
McKnight took a hit on her career to raise children and stayed out of media attention. This was up until 1997 when she met Matt Le Blanc from her mutual friends, Kelly Phillips and her husband Lou Diamond Phillips. The pair began dating within days of their first meeting and got engaged the following year. The wedding was held on the 3rd of May 2003 in a lavish wedding held in Kauai, Hawaii. The pair had a single child, Marina Pearl LeBlanc who was born on the 8th of February 2004. Marina was diagnosed with cortical dysplasia at 11 months but outgrew her condition.
Divorce from Le Blanc and life after:
Despite being so much in love, Melissa and Matt called it quits after three years as a married couple. The divorce was finalized in October 2006. While no formal statements were released after the divorce, it was reported that Le Blanc’s infidelity was all to blame. It was later reported that Le Blanc was seen with a stripper at an all-nude bar in British Columbia, and ended up groping her. Le Blanc has apologized for the situation and the pair have since taken to co-parent, Marina.
A quick bio of Matt Le-Blanc:
Matthew Steven LeBlanc is an American actor, television host, and producer. He was born on July 25, 1967, in Newton, Massachusetts, United States. LeBlanc is best known for his role as Joey Tribbiani in the popular television sitcom “Friends,” which aired from 1994 to 2004. He has also appeared in other television shows such as “Episodes” and “Man with a Plan,” and has hosted the BBC’s “Top Gear.” In 2012, LeBlanc was awarded a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy. He has been nominated for several other awards, including Primetime Emmy Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards. As of now, LeBlanc has a net worth of $85 Million.
Melissa Sue McKnight
March 10, 1965
57 years old
Regis McKnight, Nancy McKnight
Anthony Esposito (m. 1990–1996), Matt LeBlanc (m. 2003–2006),
Marina Pearl LeBlanc, Jacqueline Esposito, Tyler Esposito
Former Actress & Model
Where is Melissa McKnight now? What happened to her?
Although Melissa has left her modeling days far behind she finds herself the subject of media attention due to her marriage to ex-husband Matt LeBlanc. Since her divorce from LeBlanc, Melissa hasn’t tried to make a comeback in the modeling or acting field. Basically, she has traded the fame of Hollywood to live a normal life and raise her daughter Marina. Melissa is said to have remained unmarried since high profile divorce from LeBlanc.