For someone who puts everything in front of the camera, Johnny Knoxville likes to keep his private life surprisingly private. The stuntman, pro wrestler and actor rose to fame on MTV’s Jacka**. He helped create the show and starred with the OG cast along with Steve-O, Ryan Dunn and Bam Margera. The show ran from 2000 to 2002 and spawned a slew of spin-offs alongside theatrical adaptations.
“Jacka**” was known for the numerous outrageous, humiliating and dangerous stunts performed by the cast. However, Knoxville admitted they all had specific “irrational fears” and weren’t ready to just do anything. He told NME that Steve-O would “put a hook in his mouth,” jump out of airplanes and wrestle sharks, but would draw the line when it came to bungee jumping. Even in 2021, Steve-O intentionally paralyzed himself in a stunt where a 4-inch needle was inserted into his spine.
Steve-O, Dunn and Margera were among the people badly damaged by “Jacka**” and struggled with substance abuse problems. Dunn died in a drunk driving accident in 2011. Margera’s marriage ended and Steve-O got into multiple troubles with the law. Of course, Knoxville wasn’t left unscathed. During the filming of Jackas** Forever, he suffered a brain hemorrhage, depression, a concussion and broken bones. Knoxville announced he was retiring from the stunt world in May 2021, and that wasn’t the only significant change in his life that year; He also separated from his wife. Here’s what we know about Johnny Knoxville’s divorce after over a decade of marriage.
The divorce from Johnny Knoxville was his second major blow
People first reported that Johnny Knoxville was getting a divorce after more than ten years of marriage. According to court documents, Knoxville and his wife Naomi Nelson officially separated on September 24, 2021, which would have been their eleventh wedding anniversary. Knoxville, real name Philip John Clapp, filed for joint custody of their two children, son Rocko and daughter Arlo. It is the actor’s second divorce; He was previously married to fashion designer Melanie Cates. The couple were together from 1995 to 2008. They have a 26-year-old daughter, Madison Clapp, a writer and actress who has worked with her father on various “Jacka**” projects.
In a January 2022 interview with Howard Stern, Knoxville spoke about his challenging and traumatic recovery from the brain damage he sustained while filming Jacka**Forever. After being thrown into the air by a charging bull, he was left with a brain hemorrhage, a broken wrist and fractured ribs.
Knoxville admitted that Nelson and the rest of his family were “not happy with the stunts” he was doing. However, he said the bull incident was probably “the worst hit I’ve ever taken from a bull or maybe a period”. He shared that he fell into a dark depression after the brain injury. But Knoxville’s life was “complete [turned around]”Thanks to a combination of medication and therapy. It’s been a really tough recovery from that last injury but I’m doing great now,” he said. “I feel healthier than ever.”