Drummer dated Hilton in 2006
Travis Barker of Blink-182 has told NME about the time infamous hip-hop mogul Suge Knight tried to marry him and then girlfriend Paris Hilton.
Barker spoke to NME ahead of the release of his new biography, Can I Say. The book follows the drummer’s life from his early days as a child obsessed with drumming through to Blink-182 becoming one of the biggest bands in the world.
Picking up on one story from the book, Barker explained to NME how Death Row Records impresario Knight, who is standing trial for murder following an alleged hit-and-run incident in Compton, attempted to force him into marrying socialite Hilton.
“Paris would have huge parties at her house and my friends and I would all go over there. You would see Suge Knight. He was always there for whatever reason,” Barker said.
“Paris and I had been seeing each other and in the middle of partying, being drunk and high Suge was just like, ‘Y’all need to get married! I’m gonna marry you.’ It was like all of our friends around us and Suge wasn’t really a pastor but it was like a hood marriage. It was pretty cool.”
Elsewhere in the book Barker claims that he asked his friends to take his life following a plane crash in 2008 that left him with severe burns.
Barker suffered second and third degree burns in the accident, which occurred on a flight from South Carolina to California. Four other passengers were killed in the crash, including Barker’s assistant Chris Barker, two crew members and a security guard. DJ AM survived the flight but died two years later following an accidental overdose.
Barker, 39, spent four months in a burns unit and had to undergo surgery 27 times. He recently told ABC News that he offered friends $1m (£647,000) to end his life.
Barker also told NME that Blink-182 have recorded five new songs with Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, including one titled ‘Punk Rock Cliché’.