British-American model Melissa McKnight was married to Matt LeBlanc, famously known as Joey Tribbiani, from the hit series Friends. Sadly, the marriage didn't last long.

Besides being a model, she is also an actress who starred in the movie Triangles and Tribulations (2001) and TV Series VH1: All Access (2001). She also appeared in the 31st Annual People’s Choice Awards.

Read on for an in-depth insight into the former model's life with her former husband, Matt LeBlanc!

McKnight Modeled From Young Age

McKnight was born on March 10, 1965, in England — she moved to the United States at a young age. Thus, she is English by birth and an American by nationality.

The gorgeous blonde with blue eyes and perfect physique had everything it took to be a model.

After entering the field at a young age, she managed to establish herself as one of the top models of the 80s and 90s, where she appeared as the face of the biggest fashion magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Elle, Vogue, and many more.

Moreover, she transitioned as an actress in the early millennium and appeared in a few feature films. 

Cover Girl: Melissa McKnight poses as a cover girl for Cosmopolitan Magazine (Photo: Bellazon)

However, the former model's background including details of her parents, siblings, and education, is off the media.

McKnight Has Married Twice Including Matt LeBlanc

McKnight was first married to filmmaker Anthony Esposito. From the marriage, she became the mom of two children—Tyler and Jacqueline Esposito.

Sadly, the marriage didn’t last and the couple parted their ways. But the wave of love wasn’t over for her.

After the divorce, she met the famous Friends star LeBlanc in 1997. The model met him through their mutual friend, Kelly Phillips, and her husband Lou Diamond Phillips.

From dating to being engaged in just a year, the couple's relationship progressed fast. Five years later, they had one of the biggest celebrity weddings in Hawaii. The 150 guest list included Matt's castmates from Friends along with their spouses.

Biggest Celebrity Wedding: Melissa McKnight weds Matt LeBlanc (Photo: Pinterest)

The union was the first for the Friends actor and later, he could not stop gushing about how his wife made his life a little more stable. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly before their marriage, LeBlanc stated:

Relationship with McKnight and her children gave me stability. They’re great kids. It’s been a fantastic experience. I’m very grateful for them in my life. Because before them, I was out at the bars, I was chasing chicks all over the place, I had kind of a reputation.

The couple experienced true marital bliss when they were blessed with a baby daughter, Marina Pearl McKnight, in 2004. 

McKnight's Daughter Diagnosed With Rare Brain Disorder 

After 11 months of baby Marina’s arrival, an incident in the family left McKnight and her husband shook.

Their baby girl was diagnosed with a rare brain disorder called Cortical Dysplasia, a congenital problem that causes seizures.

Melissa McKnight and Matt LeBlanc with their daughter (Photo: Life Falcon) 

After a year-long treatment, the baby girl became healthier and it seemed like the couple had weathered the storm. However, that was not the case.

McKnight & LeBlanc's Divorce

After one broken marriage, McKnight had the ignominy of facing a similar fate again in her life.

Her husband, who had a reputation of being a womanizer, resorted to his old habits of wandering into bars. He was spotted groping a stripper at an all-nude club while vacationing with his five buddies in British Columbia. Though the actor later apologized to his wife, the damage was done.

The final nail in the coffin was the actor's relationship with his co-star, Andrea Anders. Therefore, he and McKnight eventually filed for divorce in March 2006, which was finalized in the same year in September. 

The duo waived off any spousal support claims but the Friends actor, who has a net worth of $80 million, agreed to pay a monthly sum until his daughter turned 18.

What Is McKnight Doing Today? 

After the divorce, she and LeBlanc took joint custody of Marina. Both of them are looking after their daughter.

Marina hasn’t been in the spotlight these days. She is protective of her personal life and there is no news of her relationship. On the other hand, McKnight's ex-husband is currently dating actress and Irish TV producer Aurora Mulligan.