Rob Dyrdek has never wanted to follow the straight and narrow road from the past few decades of his career as a pro skater in to reality TV sensation as creative entrepreneur. When Dyrdek turned 16 years old, he dropped out from high school and moved to Southern California to pursue his dream of becoming a pro skateboarder. He started experimenting with some side business , and years later, he turned toward a new direction when he made his reality TV debut alongside his best friend and bodyguard, Christopher “Big Black” Boykin, with the MTV series Rob & Big.
It was like a dream— who wouldn’t want to make million dollars while competing in the sport they love and goofing off with their friends on camera? But in recent years, Dyrdek had taken a step back from the spotlight. Here’s what he’s been up since he took a break from skateboarding, and why you won’t catch him on reality TV anymore.
12/He married Bryiana Flores in 2015
In September 2015, Dyrdek married his longtime girlfriend Bryiana Noelle Flores. The two were engaged at Disneyland Resort in April 2015 — while they were watching the Aladdin Show, Dyrdek told Flores a little white lie by saying he had to step out to use the bathroom. He secretly snuck around to backstage and carried a wild public proposal out that could have totally been a stunt on his former reality show, Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory. He came out on stage riding an elephant and asked Flores to be his wife! How could she say no to that?
After enjoying a romantic and extravagant “babymoon” in Bora Bora, the couple were blessed with their first child on September 9, 2016: a son named Kodah Dash Dyrdek. Dyrdek was ecstatic about becoming a father for the first time. “As much as I love this woman with all of my being, I could never express how proud I am of how strong she is,” he wrote on Instagram. “I have been in an awe of how well she has handled the difficult task of growing a child and preparing to become a mother.”