Melanie Lynn Clapp Bio and Personal Life of Johnny Knoxville’s Ex-wife

Melanie Lynn Clapp is an American fashion designer who is famous for being the wife of Johnny Knoxville, a popular stunts man, actor, filmmaker, and comedian.

The two exchanged marriage vows in 1995 but fell out of the union in the year 2008. Knoxville has since moved on to a new romantic life with a new married spouse while Melanie Lynn Clapp has rescinded from media attention. However, she has kept her life busy with her engagements as a home remodeler and interior designer.

Summary of Melanie Lynn Clapp’s Bio

  • Full name: Melanie Lynn Clapp
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of birth: 1964
  • Melanie Lynn Clapp’s Age: 58 years old
  • Ethnicity: Caucasian
  • Nationality: American
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Marital Status: Divorced
  • Melanie Lynn Clapp’s Ex-Husband: Johnny Knoxville
  • Melanie Lynn Clapp’s Children: Madison Clapp
  • Melanie Lynn Clapp’s Height in Inches: 5 feet 6 inches
  • Melanie Lynn Clapp’s Height in Centimetres: 168 cm
  • Melanie Lynn Clapp’s Weight: 134 lbs (62 kg)
  • Famous for: Johnny Knoxville’s Ex-wife

Who is Melanie Lynn Clapp?

Born with the name Melanie Lynn Cates, Melanie is a native of Austin, Texas. Sources identify her year of birth to be 1964, but her precise day and month of birth remain unknown. Melanie most likely had a regular early life, away from being the subject of the media’s attention or prying, until her marriage to the entertainment star, Johnny Knoxville.

Due to Melanie Lynn’s reserved way, and possibly a deliberate decision to keep the lid tight on personal matters, details of her family background and early education is also a mystery to the public at the moment. She, however, lived much of her early life in Texas, before moving to Los Angeles to advance her career pursuit as a fashion designer.

What Does Melanie Lynn Do for a Living?

Before marriage and fame, Melanie Lynn Clapp was a fashion designer. She moved to Los Angeles in her 20s to pursue her dream of becoming a successful one. She started as a clothing and jewelry designer, working with Warner Bros Retail and Urban Outfitters.

As time went on, Melanie Lynn Clapp rediscovered her passion for home remodeling and interiors, to which she made a career switch. She’s been into the business, having in Los Angeles, Nashville, and presently in Austin Texas where she settles.

Melanie has made a name for herself in the specialty, and her interiors have even been honored with recognition and praise from AIA Austin and Tribeza Interior Design tour. She manages her own design company known as Side Street Home. The company deals in rugs, clothing, gifts, luxury beddings, decorative pillows, custom furniture, and more items.
Side Street Home has its base in Lake Austin Boulevard, Austin, Texas.

Is Melanie Lynn Clapp Johny Knoxville’s First Wife?

Melanie Lynn Clapp and Johny Knoxville
Melanie Lynn Clapp and Johny Knoxville image source

Yes, Melanie Lynn Clapp is the first wife of the famous American stunt performer. He got married for the first time to Melanie in 1995 and they divorced in 2008. 2010 came and he got married to his second wife, Naomi Nelson.

Melanie Lynn Clapp and Johnny Knoxville crossed paths in Los Angeles after her relocation from her home city in Texas. They got married after a short period of courting, on May 15, 1995, in Las Vegas. The wedding was a small one, due to the fact Johnny Knoxville, still in his gambling addiction days at the time, had blown their wedding money away.

In the year they got married, Knoxville was already involved in the entertainment industry, doing commercial works and writing articles for magazines such as Blunt, Bikini, and Big Brother. But he did not, however, attain widespread fame until the year 2000 when his Jackass series on MTV saw instant success and rose to become one of the highest-rated shows in the U.S. at the time. This means that the stunt man and Melanie were already together before he became a media big deal.

Melanie Lynn Clapp Has One Child with Johnny Knoxville

The former fashion designer and her ex-husband had one child together. In their years as a married couple, Melanie Lynn Clapp gave birth to their daughter, their only child together. Named Madison Tatiana Clapp, she was born on January 4th, 1996, just the following year after they got married.

Madison is now 26 years old. She had her early education at Oakwood School and then attended Oberlin College, Ohio. Madison is a writer and works as a creator and editor for the quarterly magazine, Chickenbutt Magazine.

Melanie Lynn Clapp and Johny Knoxville with their daughter
Melanie Lynn Clapp and Johny Knoxville with their daughter- image source

The Couple Ended Their Marriage Because of Some Irreconcilable Differences

The couple’s marriage bond lasted for just over a decade. They separated in 2006 when Johnny Knoxville filed for a divorce. The divorce process was finalized in March 2008. Neither Johnny Knoxville nor Melanie Lynn Clapp revealed details of what led to their separation.

Beyond the fact that they specified the term “irreconcilable differences” as the reason behind their separation, they didn’t offer specific details. Properties were split evenly between the two, as well as half of the profits from Johnny Knoxville’s Jackass franchise and the Dukes of Hazzard movie.

Both Johnny and Melanie shared custody of Madison Clapp, who was just around 12 years old at the time of the divorce. They also came to the agreement that Johnny would pay $6000 a month in child support. While silence was maintained from the ex-couple about the story behind the divorce for over a decade after, American singer, Jessica Simpson, opened up in 2020 about an affair with Johnny Knoxville in a memoir called Open Book.

The affair, according to Jessica, who was also married at the time, was an emotional one and nothing more, though she described it to have been worse than a physical one.
This has led to speculations that the issue could’ve played a role in Johnny Knoxville and Melanie Lynn Clapp’s divorce. But beyond the story itself, nothing was ever affirmed by any of the two divorcees.

What is Melanie Lynn Clapp’s Age?

Melanie is 58 years old. According to multiple sources, she was born in 1964. What has remained unknown is the precise date on which she was born. She is older than her ex-husband who is currently 51 years old. He was born on the 11th of March 1971.

What is Melanie Lynn Clapp’s Net Worth?

Her net worth ranges in 7 figures (millions), but no precise amount has been disclosed. Her ex-husband Johnny Knoxville has an estimated net worth of $75 million which he amassed from his successful acting career and film involvements.

Melanie Lynn Clapp is the owner of Side Street Home, a design company, which she’s so far managed successfully and made a fortune from. She has a luxurious house in Austin, which she purchased in 2007 when the issue of her divorce was a topic on the burner.

Is Melanie Lynn Clapp Married or Dating Anyone?

Melanie has so far not been linked to anyone since she divorced Johnny Knoxville. This could be due to the probable fact that she is currently living single and focused on every other thing about her life. Or because she keeps such a low profile, making it hard to know if she’s been or is currently involved in any relationship.

Meanwhile, Johnny Knoxville is currently happily married to filmmaker and director, Naomi Nelson. They got married in 2010 and now have two kids.


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