Melissa McKnight is a former model and actress, most famous for being the ex-wife of Matt Leblanc, the famous actor who played the role of Joey in the hit TV series Friends.
Personal Life : Parents, Family and Education
- This former model and actress was born on March 10, 1965, in England, though she had the American citizenship as well.
- Melissa has three children in total, two of them as a result of her first marriage with Anthony Espósito, and the last one from her relationship with Matt.
Two Marriages :
- Melissa’s first marriage was to filmmaker Anthony Espósito, with whom she had two children, named Tyler Espósito and Jacqueline Espósito.
- This relationship allegedly failed inevitably for the lack of commitment of both of them, especially from Anthony.
- After her first divorce, Leblanc & Melissa met each other through a couple of friends that knew them. These two friends where Kelly Phillips & her husband Lou Diamond Phillips.
- The lovely couple finally married on May 2003, after five years of dating. Two years after marriage they welcomed their first child in 2004, a little girl named Marina Pearl LeBlanc.
- Currently, however, she does not share much of her personal life with the media.
Career as a Model and Net Worth :
- Though more famous for been Matt’s ex-wife, nevertheless, few people know that Melissa was also a former model, working with one of the top modeling agencies in New York (Elite Models). Her modeling career went far beyond her relationship ending with Matt.
- She was the face of several publicity campaigns for top brands and was also the cover on fashion and lifestyle magazines.
- She also worked in a few movies with a fair amount of success. One of her first movies was “Triangles and Tribulations.”
Marina’s Health Issues :
- Melissa went through a couple of situations that made her life difficult. However, nothing can compare to her child’s sickness, which her daughter faced in the first few years of her life.
- Matt & Melissa’s daughter Marina suffered a neuronal disease that made lowered her capacity of movement.
- Thanks to medical technology, the young child overcame this difficulty and she is now a young and healthy girl.
Interesting Facts, Height and Trivia :
- Matt’s & Melissa’s relationship ended primarily because of cheating accusations against Matt that he later confirmed. He even apologized to Melissa after getting drunk and groping a stripper, while partying with his friends.
- Despite the split-up, the two of them maintained a healthy and loving relationship as friends. The couple remain devoted parents to young Marina.