Rock star Travis Barker splits from Playmate wife

LOS ANGELES - Another celebrity couple has fallen prey to the curse of MTV. Rock star Travis Barker and his Playboy Playmate wife Shanna Moakler, the stars of MTV reality show "Meet the Barkers," are calling it quits after less than two years of marriage, People magazine has reported.

Their split comes four weeks after Dave Navarro and Carmen Electra, who chronicled their 2004 nuptials in MTV's "'Til Death Do Us Part," said they were "amicably separating," and eight months after Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, the stars of MTV's "Newlyweds," announced their official separation.

People quoted Barker's publicist as saying, "I can confirm that Travis filed this morning." The publicist also confirmed the filing.

The magazine quoted Moakler as saying, "My only concern right now is for the welfare and best interests of my children."

Barker, 30, mohawked drummer with defunct punk-rock trio Blink-182, married Moakler, 31, in October 2004. Their wacky domestic exploits were detailed on "Meet the Barkers," which aired on the lifestyle programming network for 12 episodes.

They have two children together. Additionally, Moakler has a daughter from a previous relationship with boxer Oscar De La Hoya. A former Miss USA, the Rhode Island native was Playboy's Playmate of the Month in December 2001. At the time, she was dating actor Dennis Quaid, who was 21 years her senior.

- REUTERS

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