Kai Knapp is the daughter of Alexis Knapp and Ryan Phillippe. Her parents are famous Hollywood actors. She was born on 1st July 2011 and is currently 12 years old.
Kai Knapp has been in the limelight even before she was born, thanks to her parents’ celebrity status. Both her father and mother are Hollywood actors and have been acting for many decades. The couple however were never married but dated for a few months in 2010 which resulted in the birth of Kai. Here are interesting facts to know about her birth and a lot more.
When was Kai Knapp Born?
Kai Knapp was born on the 1st day of July 2011 in Los Angeles, California, in the United States of America. She is an American by nationality and belongs to a White ethnic background. Her birth name is Kailani Merizalde Phillippe Knapp, and her birth sign is Cancer. While Merizalde is Kai’s mother’s middles name, Knapp is her maternal grandfather’s name, and Phillippe is her father’s name.
Kai’s parents are famous for being American actors. Her mother, Alexis is popular for her roles in several successful movies and TV shows, such as Pitch Perfect, Project X, and Ground Floor. Her father, Ryan Knapp, on the other hand, is best recognized for his role in I Know What You Did Last Summer, Flags of Our Fathers, Cruel Intentions, and Stop Loss. Details of Kai Knapp’s education are not available in the media.
Who are Kai Knapp’s Siblings?
While Kai Knapp is Alexis Knapp’s first and only child, she is her father Ryan’s third child and second daughter. Ryan Phillippe has two children; a daughter and a son from his previous marriage with Reese Witherspoon, a multi-award-winning American actress. They married in 1999 and divorced in 2007.
The name of Kai’s half-sister is Ava Elizabeth Phillippe, born in 1999. Ava is currently 24 years old and is pursuing her university education at the University of California, Berkley. Kai’s half-brother is Deacon Reese Phillippe, born in 2003. Deacon is 20 years old now and is following in his father’s footsteps.
Deacon is a musically-gifted artist and has an interest in acting. He is gradually gaining recognition in the entertainment scene, creating unique sounds through the admixture of country music and electronic dance music (EDM). However, he is still undergoing his academic journey, so he is not yet fully active in the industry.
Are Kai Knapp’s Parents Still Together?
Kai Knapp’s parents, Alexis Knapp and Ryan Phillippe, are no longer together; they have long gone their separate ways. As a matter of fact, the duo was never married, and their love affair was very short-lived. Alexis and Ryan met and started their relationship in May 2010 and packed things up just after a few months in the same year, precisely in September. So, technically, they dated for four months.
At the time of their breakup, Alexis had already taken in but never knew. She only found out shortly after the breakup and told Ryan but unfortunately, the pregnancy was not able to rekindle their relationship.
Meanwhile, the actual reason that led to their breakup is not known. The confirmation of her pregnancy was in November 2010, while she was still in the budding stage of her career and was one of the cast of the film, So Undercover.
Even though he moved on to date several other women after breaking up with Knapp, Ryan Phillippe was present during the birth of his daughter Kai. Regardless, actress Alexis Knapp has since then been shouldering the responsibilities of raising her daughter Kai alone, according to reports. She reportedly has never requested any child support from her baby’s daddy to date.
Meanwhile, after her shortlived dalliance with the Stop Loss actor, the mother of one has been keeping under wraps her love life, making it difficult to keep track of the men she’s subsequently dated, her hookups, and breakups.
Kai Knapp’s Parents Faced Controversies About Her Paternity
At the time Knapp disclosed that she was pregnant, details about the man who fathered her child seemed to be unresolved. However, it shortly became certain that Phillippe was the one, but he was not convinced. So, he requested a paternity test before he could own up to taking responsibility. By then, he was already in the middle of his next relationship with Amanda Seyfried.
According to reports, Ryan Phillipp categorically said that he was only going to accept and be in the baby’s life after the paternity test came out positive. Although the result was not made public, Alexis and Ryan were a few months before she gave birth spotted together at Cofee Bean in Los Angeles, making the public believe he is truly the father.
Even at that, and also after paternity was proved, Ryan has reportedly not lent a hand to the upbringing of her daughter Kai to date. Meanwhile, notable is that the section of Kai’s birth certificate which is supposed to bear the name of her father was left blank.
A Look at Kai Knapp’s Relationship with Her Parents
Ryan Phillipp seemingly accepted that he is the father of Kai upon the release of her paternity test. Yet, the kind of relationship the father and daughter share has remained unclear. Ryan Phillippe has never been seen with her youngest daughter Kia or shared any of her pictures on any of his social media handles.
Meanwhile, Ryan is known for sharing stuff about his other children on his social media platforms regardless of the fact that he is no longer with their mother, but the case is totally different when it comes to Kai. Sometime in June 2020, the actor shared some videos and photos from her son’s homeschool graduation party on his Instagram.
Also, several pictures of her older daughter Ava can be seen on his page but not even a single shot of Kai. However, this is not the case with Kai’s mother, Alexis, who has on several occasions gushed about her lovely daughter both in interviews and on her social media platforms.
Although she only occasionally posts Kai on her socials, several photos of both of them can be seen on the internet space. We guess that she is trying to keep her daughter considerably away from public scrutiny.