Melissa McKnight is an actress & model who is famous as Matt LeBlanc’s ex-wife. The former pair was in a marital relationship for a couple of years before divorcing. From their relationship, the pair shares a beautiful daughter named, Marina Pearl LeBlanc.
Prior to dating Matt, Melissa aka Missy was an unknown face to the media but thanks to LeBlanc she became renowned throughout the country. She has appeared in a handful of movies and also worked as a model.
It has been decades since we last heard about her so naturally, Matt’s fans are curious about her. Where is she now? What is she doing? Questions like these have been asked too many times so let’s try to find the answers.
Melissa McKnight Early Life: What is her nationality?
Melissa Sue McKnight was born on March 10th, 1965. There are a lot of different reports regarding Missy’s nationality. While some sources claim she was born in the United Kingdom some state she is from the United States. Let us tell you the real fact, she was born in the United Kingdom.
After spending her formal years in the UK, she moved to the US at an early age. We can say her nationality is both American and English. Besides, Melissa belongs to the Caucasian ethnicity and has English ancestry.
Information about her parents is not known to the general public. Before she married Matt, she was a small-time model because of which not many media outlets covered her private life.
Melissa McKnight is a retired model
She was one of the talented models in the ’80s and ’90s. Initially, she started her career working in small-time gigs. Slowly and steadily, she made her way into the big modeling industry.
Back when Missy was still working in the industry, she was represented by the Elite Models in New York and LA. She primarily worked in the UK, the US, and Germany. During the course of her career, Melissa appeared in several magazines including Cosmopolitan, Elle, and Vogue.
Apart from her work in the modeling world, she also appeared in a handful of films.
Melissa McKnight and Her Then-Husband Matt LeBlanc Relationship
Initially, Melissa met Matt in the late 90s. If reports are to be believed, the pair were first introduced to each other by their mutual friend, Kelly Phillips, actor Lou Diamon Phillips’ then-wife.
A year after their initial meeting in 1998, Matt proposed to her and they got engaged. They remained as a betrothed couple for a couple of years before tying the knot on May 3rd, 2003. The nuptials took place in Kauai, Hawaii. To say their I do’s the pair stood atop a cliff overlooking Anini Beach.
For the ceremony, Melissa looked ravishing in a full-length white gown, while her groom wore a black suit. There were around 150 guests at the ceremony including LeBlanc’s Friends‘ co-stars, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, and Courtney Cox.
This was the first marriage for Matt. On the other hand, Melissa was previously married to Anthony Robert Esposito from 1990 to 1996. It is also reported that apart from Anthony and Matt, she also had another husband but it cannot be confirmed.
They share one daughter between them
A year after the wedding, in 2004, Melissa McKnight gave birth to their first daughter, Marina Pearl LeBlanc. While this was the first child for Matt, Missy was already a mother of two kids from her past relationships.
She has one son, Tyler Esposito, and one daughter, Jacqueline Esposito, both from her marriage with Anthony Esposito. When Melissa and Matt first started dating, he took in her two kids as his own and took care of them. At the time, it was even reported that Matt is incredibly close with his step-kids. To this day, Matt often talks about his step-kids which means they are still on good terms.
While they were still married, the pair with their three kids used to live in Encino, California.
The Untimely Divorce between Melissa McKnight and Matt LeBlanc
Just three years after marrying one another, the pair decided to call it quits. They separated in January of 2005 and Matt filed for divorce in March of the same year.
Reports from back then suggested Matt moved out of their Encino home quite abruptly. Kelly Phillips, who was the matchmaker for the duo said, “It was very sudden. She was absolutely blindsided by what transpired.”
Their divorce was finalized in September 2006. As for the settlement, well, Matt was ordered to pay $15,000 in child support in addition to covering 100 percent of their daughter Marina’s expenses including her education and health.
Her Ex-Spouse Got Into New Relationship Soon After Their Divorce
Just a couple of months after separating from his wife, Matt started dating Andrea Anders. As of now, Matt was in a relationship with Aurora Mulligan.
As per the latest reports, Matt broke up with Andrea in early 2022. A close source to the couple stated that they broke up because of their long distance relationship.
How Much Is Melissa McKnight Net Worth?
As a model and actress, Melissa has amassed a decent sum of money. As far as her net worth is considered, she has a net worth of over $1 million as of 2023.
On the other hand, her ex-husband, Matt is worth around $80 million as of 2023, which is huge.