Why Rob Kardashian Didn't Attend Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker's Wedding in Italy

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker were surrounded by friends and family when they exchanged vows in Portofino, Italy on May 22. However, her brother Rob Kardashian wasn't there. Find out why.

By Elyse Dupre May 24, 2022 2:51 PMTags

If you were keeping up with Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker's star-studded wedding (and let's face it, who wasn't?), you may have noticed that a certain family member was M.I.A.: her brother Rob Kardashian

So why didn't he attend the nuptials in Portofino, Italy? Well... "Rob didn't feel comfortable attending Kourtney's wedding because he doesn't like a spectacle," a source close to the sock designer told E! News. "It's just not his thing, and he's become an extremely private person." 

And no, the decision didn't cause any drama. "Kourtney and the entire family completely understand," the insider added. "Kourtney didn't expect Rob to attend and knows she has his support either way."

The move may not come as a complete surprise to fans as Rob stays relatively quiet on social media and avoids the cameras when it comes to the family's shows in recent years. (Although, eagle-eyed fans did spot him on a recent episode of The Kardashians). 

"Rob likes to stay out of the spotlight and keep to himself," the source said. "He will make appearances at more private low-key events but doesn't like to be around the cameras and at events like this."

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And although he wasn't able to make it, a second source tells E! News that he "is excited to celebrate with Kourtney and Travis when they return," adding that Rob "was missed, but there in spirit."

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This also isn't the first family wedding Rob has missed. Back in 2014, he skipped Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's wedding, a last-minute decision he made for his mental health.

"I was doing my suit fittings in Paris right before the wedding and I just wasn't comfortable," he told People in 2016. "I'm 6-foot-1 and at my most I probably weighed 300 lbs. There were cameras at the airport on our trip there and I was very unhappy with the person I saw in all the pictures. I'm upset I missed my sister's wedding, but it was a personal decision."

Still, Kourtney and Travis had plenty of family members watch them tie the knot at Castello Brown on May 22. Her sisters Kim, Khloe KardashianKylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner were all in attendance plus mom Kris Jenner, who walked her eldest daughter down the aisle and gave a touching speech at the reception. 

She wasn't the only one with an important role on the big day. Travis' daughter Alabama Barker, 16, and stepdaughter Atiana De La Hoya, 23, served as bridesmaids while Kourtney's daughter Penelope Disick, 9, was the flower girl. Meanwhile, Reign Disick, 7, was the cutest little ring bearer. Plus, Travis' son Landon Barker, 18, and Kourtney's oldest Mason Disick, 12, were on hand to celebrate their parents.

And from the intimate ceremony and fun-filled reception to the pre- and post-wedding festivities, it was a time Kourtney and Travis will always remember.

"She really had a smile on her face throughout the entire night," a source close to the bride told E! News, "and was beaming of happiness."

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