It only took a few months of sleuthing before Kardashian mega fans figured out the eldest Kardashian sister, Kourtney, wasn’t just friends with Blink-182 drummer, Travis Barker, as they’d claimed. Though that was the truth at some point—the two have known each other for years—things took a more romantic turn in January 2021.
As is the case with most modern love stories, the signs were in the social media posts. Travis posted flirtatious emojis and comments underneath a number of Kourtney’s Instagram photos, including a rose emoji in the comment section Kourtney’s sexy selfie snapped in her closet. After that, then the hints got a bit more obvious when a few days after Valentine’s Day, Kourtney posted a photo of her and Travis holding hands in the car with their fingers interlocked. She didn’t tag him, but, in April, when Travis posted a video of Kourtney sucking that same tatted-up thumb, it helped clarify things.
And speaking of tattoos, Travis added Kourtney’s name to his collection of tattoos last month. This one seemingly strategically placed since it was inked over his heart. The script her name’s written in even had fans speculating was Kourtney’s handwriting. But it’s Travis’ most recent tribute that takes the cake. On May 11th, he posted a photo of a candle labeled: This Smells Like Kourtney’s Orgasm. A play on the famed Goop candle, Travis seems to have gotten one specific to his partner.
Now, usually posts like this would be confirmation enough that a couple was into each other, but as celebrities have proven time and again, things aren’t always what they seem. For that reason, body language expert Karen Donaldson took a look at the couple’s body language to clue you in on the details the couple isn’t making public.
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Intimacy comes easily to Kourtney and Travis.
“There is absolutely no space between Kourtney and Travis and she straddles and hugs him,” says Donaldson.
A hug like this one points to sexual attraction. And it’s a sexual attraction that isn’t forced or being turned up for the sake of photo, Donaldson adds, because of the lack of tension in Kourtney’s hands. It makes clear that “she feels extremely safe in [Travis’] hands and his presence.” On Travis’ end, he’s holding Kourtney has close to him as he possibly can which tells onlookers he can’t get enough of her. And his hands on her butt—an erogenous zone speaks to the couple’s high level of intimacy.
Walking in unison might, at first glance, seem like a sweet coincidence but Donaldson says it means so much more.
“Walking in tandem tells us that they are equals in this relationship there is no leader and, no follower,” says Donaldson. They trust each other and neither feels the need to control the relationship because they’re both on the same page and want the same things of their future.
Their connection runs deep.
Normally, a gap this big between a couple, wouldn’t be the best of signs, but Donaldson’s reassured when she picks up on the couple’s holding hands. “Kourtney and Travis are holding hands tightly, fingers intertwined, palm touching palm, signaling their deep connection, and also signaling “we’re in love.”‘
Despite the distance between their bodies, Kourtney and Travis make sure they’re keeping connected in some way. That physical move points to an authentic emotional one.
Travis has got Kourtney’s back.
“The wrap around kiss definitely indicates a romantic and intimate relationship,” says Donaldson. A move like this one has the same effect as spooning. Enveloping someone from behind allows you to pull someone in close while assuring them you’ve got their back (literally and figuratively). “This is why we see that Kourtney’s shoulders are relaxed and upper body positioning is casual,” Donaldson points out. “She feels safe and comfortable in [Travis’s] presence.”
Travis and Kourtney care for each other.
Another gorgeous location, another hug.
This time, Donaldson points out, Kourtney is folding her body into Travis while he kisses her on the head. Like most of their hugs, it’s intimate, but this one shows Kourtney and Travis care about each other. This relationship is much more than the sexual, it’s also tender, says Donaldson.
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