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Who is Melissa McKnight – the former wife of Matt LeBlanc? 5 Facts To Know

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Melissa McKnight is a former model, actress, and mother of three. Two words could be used to describe her: Wonder Woman. Despite her divorce and the health problem that her youngest daughter suffered in her childhood, Melissa lived this adventure without losing her mind and made herself the subject of caricature from the media and her fans. How could she have done all this? While we may not have all the answers, we encourage you to read what we share with 5 important facts about him.

Who is Melissa McKnight, LeBlanc’s ex-wife?

Melissa McKnight was born on March 10, 1965 in England and although she was English by birth, her family moved to the United States when she was very tender, and so she acquired American citizenship at this young age. She has three children.

Apart from being known as a model, MelissaMcKnight is popularly known as the ex-wife of Matt LeBlanc. They got married in 2003 and divorced in 2006. As a model, she participated in several beauty campaigns for top brands. Melissa is also known for her role in the 2001 film Triangles and Tribulations.

Matt LeBlanc with his daughter Marina in 2014.

Matt LeBlanc with his daughter Marina in 2014.

Here are 5 facts you should know

1. Married-Divorce-Married

Melissa and LeBlanc first met in 1997 through Lou Diamond Philips and his wife, Kelly Philips. Their flame grew into something remarkable and in 1998 they got engaged. Five years later, the couple tied the knot in 2003. However, the union was officially dissolved in a divorce in October 2006.

Prior to her marriage to LeBlanc, Melissa McKnight was previously married and had two children in marriage. She was first married to filmmaker Anthony Esposito. The names of the children are Tyler Esposito and Jacqueline Esposito.

Her marriage would have failed for lack of time and effort from both parties. Melissa McKnight has remained rather quiet since her divorce from Matt LeBlanc, keeping her personal life and that of her children’s secrets away from the media.

2. Relentless infidelity

Melissa and LeBlanc separated because of his ongoing infidelity issues. LeBlanc constantly cheated on his wife according to reports. He even showed up at a club with a stripper. His refusal to stop cheating on her repeatedly became unbearable for Melissa which prompted her to make the decision to end their three-year marriage.

3. Common Guard

Melissa still maintains a cordial relationship with her ex-husband LeBlanc. They have joint custody of their daughter Marina Pearl LeBlanc, born in 2004. She spends a few weeks with her father, then returns home with her mother. LeBlanc said in an interview that she (Marina) was the best thing that ever happened to him and didn’t care if he broke his Ferrari because he would always love her. Despite his busy schedule, actor LeBlanc always finds time for horseback riding, hiking and other fun activities with his daughter.

4. Daughter’s Health Challenge

The last child of Melissa and her daughter with MattLeBlanc, Marina suffered from a rare disease associated with the brain. She had regular seizures when she was eight months old. Her health was managed and by the age of two she had overcome her neuronal disease. Leblanc remembers those two years as the most difficult seasons of his life.

5. Who is Matt LeBlanc?

Matt Leblanc is an American actor, presenter, comedian, and also the ex-husband of Melissa McKnight. Matt is of French-Canadian and Italian descent and attended Newton North High School. His first television appearance was in 1987 for the Heinz tomato ketchup commercial. In 1988, he caused a sensation in his first show, TV101. In 1991 he starred in Married with Children and in 1992 Vinnie and Bobby was released.

LeBlanc’s break came after a role in the drama television series Friends. He has been nominated for three Prime Time Awards, three Golden Globes and a Screen Actors Guild Award. In 1994 he was featured in Lookin’ Italian and in 2000 Charlie’s Angels

In 2006, following his divorce, Leblanc took a break from the big screen and returned after five years. Upon his return in 2011, he won the 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Television Series for his portrayal in The Episodes, a BBC series in which he played a fictionalized version of himself. He won the award a year after the series began.

The same 2012, Matt LeBlanc became a presenter in Top Gear with Chris Evans. He signed a 2-year contract in 2016, and when that contract expired in May 2018, he quit, saying the show makes him travel a lot, leaving him little to no time to spend with his family and to his friends.

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