What really happened between Shanna Moakler and Dennis Quaid?

Public interest in Shanna Moakler’s love life rose in tandem with her own rise. After winning Miss USA in 1995, Moakler soon landed small roles on the big and small screens, appearing in the 1998 Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore classic The Wedding Singer and USA Network cop-drama Pacific Blue. While filming the hit 1997 film, Moakler met Billy Idol, who she briefly dated. The media couldn’t get enough and Moakler indulged his interest by offering juicy personal details about the registration. “Billy has a very sexy demeanor, but he’s not very good in bed,” she told Maxim in 1999. “For one thing, women throw themselves at him all the time, so he doesn’t have to be good. Second, it’s English.”

The romance was short-lived, and Moakler joined boxer Oscar De La Hoya that same year. By 1998, Moakler and De La Hoya were engaged, Page Six noted. Moakler’s more enduring relationship status with the boxer didn’t mean she wasn’t ready to quench the press’s curious flames. “They say sex makes boxers weak in their legs,” she told Maxim. “So Oscar won’t have sex two or three weeks before a fight. I don’t believe in this policy, but I understand that we have to sacrifice ourselves.”

According to the Daily Mail, Moakler continued to make headlines for her romantic endeavors, especially after her marriage to Travis Barker in 2004. But between athlete and drummer, Moakler found time to accommodate another famous face.

Shanna Moakler and Dennis Quaid dated in 2001

Shanna Moakler has been a lot less public about her relationship with Dennis Quaid. Moakler dated the “The Parent Trap” star between February and October 2001, though they mostly kept the romance out of the press, noted Us Weekly. But Moakler and Quaid weren’t exactly keeping it a secret. In July 2001, Quaid took Moakler to a private screening of “Dinner With Friends” in July – and there are photos to prove it (like the one above). Quaid attended subsequent events with Moakler to promote his film, not making much effort to hide his smile and affection.

Although Moakler shared less about Quaid than her other lovers, she still compared his performance in the bedroom to that of her ex-fiancé Oscar De La Hoya. “Dennis [is better], by a landslide! And he has a better body. You’d think Oscar would do it since he’s a boxer and he’s training and all, but…” Moakler told ESPN in 2001 that might have swayed her reaction, but still.

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The year she began dating Quaid was also marked by Moakler’s December 2001 Playboy cover, which he reportedly had no issues with. “Dennis is supportive,” she told WENN in September 2001 via Cinema.com. “He’s like, ‘I’m not sure it’s going to help your career, but I don’t think it’s going to hurt your career.'”

Shanna Moakler and Dennis Quaid found spouses shortly after their affair

Shanna Moakler didn’t take time to get over her affair with Dennis Quaid. After Moakler broke up with the actor in late 2001, he had found love again the following summer, according to Life & Style. In October 2003, Moakler and Travis Barker welcomed their first son, Landon, just a year before they tied the knot in a Halloween-inspired ceremony, The Mirror noted. According to Us Weekly, the couple expanded their brood a year later, welcoming Alabama just months after the couple’s reality show “Meet the Barkers” premiered on MTV.

Quaid married his girlfriend the same year Moakler and Barker sealed the deal. Quaid met Kimberly Buffington in 2003 after attending the same dinner party hosted by mutual friends in Austin, Texas, the Plainview Herald reported. They married in July 2004, a union that once again drew public attention to his tendency to date much younger women. Quaid and Buffington’s age difference was 17 years, according to Distractify, while he and Moakler shared a 21-year age difference, Today noted.

Quaid continued to show this fondness after his 2018 divorce from Buffington. The following year, Quaid proposed to Laura Savoie, who is nearly 40 years his junior. “It really just doesn’t come up,” he told People. “There’s just something timeless about us. We are partners in our relationship and in life. It is love. And love just has a way of surprising you.”