In an interview with Vogue at the time, Kardashian’s stylist Dani Michelle said that Kourtney borrowed the shirt from Barker’s closet. “Kourt has told me before that his closet is an archive itself. She can pick any T-shirt to wear and it’s the softest, coolest thing ever,” Michelle said.
Even so, the widely-circulated photo caused an uproar on social media, with former Cannibal Corpse frontman Chris Barnes taking to Twitter to call out the couple for being “posers.”
Now, in a new interview with Revolver, Barker blasted his fiancée’s critics when asked about the backlash caused by Kourtney’s choice of apparel.
“To speak on that, that’s the lamest shit ever,” he said. “Obviously my fiancée doesn’t listen to Cannibal Corpse, but I do. I grew up loving them. For [someone] to mention that in a negative light — fucking lame, you know? She’s wearing it because she’s cold. She’s not claiming she knows every song. But I do! I bought every album, and I learned how to play every album.”
Barker went on to maintain that he’s a huge fan of the death metal band, revealing that he has a large selection of Cannibal Corpse merch in his wardrobe.
“I have a gang of Cannibal Corpse T-shirts,” Barker said. “I still love them. I have a gang of King Diamond T-shirts and rare Slayer shirts because I fucking love those bands. I grew up on them. Even though I’m, you know, whatever the world wants to view me as — “Oh, that’s blink-182’s drummer” — actually that guy was playing in a garage with a bunch of speed-metal kids listening to D.R.I. and S.O.D. I enjoyed every fucking minute of it.”
On Friday, the Academy Awards announced that Barker is among the slate of artists set to perform at this year’s Oscars. Airing Sunday, March 27 on ABC, the show will include an all-star band featuring Barker alongside Sheila E., Adam Blackstone, and Robert Glasper.