John Mellencamp & Meg Ryan broke up after three & a half years together


John Mellencamp & Meg Ryan got together in late 2010/early 2011. There were some tabloid rumors that John dumped his long-suffering wife when Meg came around, which I sort of believed at the time. I also believed that John was and is a dog who cheats on whichever significant other he’s with at the time. Anyway, John and Meg’s relationship was pretty low-key. They never did red carpets together, they never did “proclaiming our love of social media” thing. They didn’t shy away from the paparazzi, but the paps only got shots of them every four months or so. Anyway, it’s over now. Huh.

Closer Weekly can exclusively reveal Meg Ryan and boyfriend John Mellencamp have called it quits after three years together.

One of John’s friends tells Closer the duo “split a couple of weeks ago.”

The friend explains privacy may be to blame for the break-up. “I don’t think he loved all the attention he got just from dating an actress,” the pal shares. “I bet he’ll stay away from dating another famous person for a while.”

[From Closer Weekly]

I can see how Mellencamp wouldn’t be too jazzed about getting attention for who he’s dating, but… it seems like that excuse is coming too late. Their pairing got more attention in 2011, but there’s barely been anything written about them in months, maybe even a year. No one really cared. They had a crusty love and most of us just sort of accepted it and moved on. So… obviously, I think there was another reason for the split. Maybe another woman?



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  1. mimif says:

    I didn’t know any of the backstory, but I kind of liked them as a couple. I like some of his paintings too.
    The end.

    • Kiddo says:

      I did not know that he painted. I am uninformed. The end.

      • mimif says:

        I didn’t either! Read an article on him a few years ago out of sheer boredom, was surprised to see that he painted (well) and he had some great (in my book) political observations as well. Did not know that he was a dog, however. Woof.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I didn’t know they were dating. Completely uninformed.

  2. NewWester says:

    Still can’t get over what Meg Ryan did to her face. That is the real tragedy

    • Sugar says:

      Her ugly shoe collection is pretty tragic, too.

    • Kosmos says:

      Oh, I agree about her plastic surgery, she was so cute all of her life, also made so many good films. About them as a couple, I thought it was great, they seemed to be in love, and now this! If he needs to be so private, then he shouldn’t ever hook up with a famous person again. I dunno, there had to be other reasons for the breakup, too. Bummer.

  3. lunchcoma says:

    I don’t buy that it was because of the attention, either, because they got very little. That being said, it’s an easy excuse if you don’t want to talk about your breakup. It’s also entirely possible that they just got on each other’s nerves after awhile or that their parenting styles clashed or that their sex life died down. Not every breakup needs to come with a scandal.

  4. CG says:

    When I started reading I was very worried we weren’t going to get one last mention of crusty love! I am actually relieved Kaiser snuck it in at the end. I have spent way too much time on this site. 🙂

  5. eliza says:

    He got a lot of attention when he hooked up with his wife because she was part of the supermodel phenomenon. I do not believe they broke up over who Meg is, after all, she really doesn’t do too much acting these days so pap interest in her would be kinda low, right?!. Until today, I hadn’t thought about either of these two in years.

    • Chris says:

      I thought about him yesterday because they were playing “R.O.C.K in the USA” in the supermarket. I wondered why someone once so prolific could no longer write a hit song.

    • Sarah says:

      He and his wife didn’t break up over Meg. He was cheating (as he always does) and Elaine was cheating too. I live in Indianapolis and there is a lot of coverage of the Mellencamps here. My guess is that there may have been issues related to his sons with Elaine. Both of them are pending trial on some pretty serious charges, including beating some guy to a bloody pulp in Bloomington. His kids are thugs. Mellencamp once did an interview with a black eye that he said came from a “disagreement” with his son, Spud. And yes….that is his name.

      • Lori says:

        I think it has to do with his sons being thugs too. Meg has a young daughter. Hopefully she doesn’t want her around that kinda stuff.

      • kri says:

        SPUD?!!! He named his kid “Spud”? Omjesus. That is all I am taking away from this whole thing. A potato. Hmmm.

      • CL says:

        Actually, his sons are named Speck and Hud, although you could call them “spud” as a nickname for the two of them. I think at least one of those names is a family name.

  6. Sarah says:

    He’s a dick, who cares. Everyone in the local music scene knows he’s a nightmare to work with, so unprofessional.

    • Frida_K says:

      Agreed. Kaiser wrote “I also believed that John was and is a dog who cheats on whichever significant other he’s with at the time” and my thought was…yes, that is right on the button.

      I went to graduate school for my first round of degrees in Bloomington, IN (he lived in the area) and he had a terrible reputation there. One of my close friends was a local and her mother knew him personally and several of her mom’s friends were in the music business and worked directly with him. His reputation as a jerk and as a cloddish womanizer was pretty solid. Yup.

  7. Sarah says:

    I don’t think Meg caused his split with Elaine for what it’s worth. Rumor has it she had a raging pill habit and was a real b. I guess one per celebrity family is enough. Their kids are getting in trouble with the law now, not very surprising.

  8. Lucy2 says:

    That excuse is bogus, but I guess it’s not much of a story if the “source” just says they grew apart.

  9. Brin says:

    Crusty uncoupling. *ducks*

  10. Diane says:

    Maybe he just got tired of looking at her lips. When I look at her face, Donald Duck comes to mind.

  11. Adrien says:

    I didn’t know they were a thing.

  12. truthful says:


    So.. that’s what they’ll use–privacy problems?? its not like she did a daily pap walk nor were the paps stalking out their home. dying for a money shot.

    maybe I am out of the loop but has she done any projects recently??
    he looks so dang gone shifty to me

  13. Granger says:

    Wow. Meg has always been thin but she looks positively GAUNT now. I’ll never understand why women don’t realize that, as you age, a few extra pounds actually makes you look younger.

    • Ag says:

      i think she, sadly, hopes that the plastic surgeries will take care of the aging process. she used to look so much better before she started messing with her face. sigh.

  14. Marmaduke45 says:

    I was Indiana born and raised, and for many many years Little Johnnie Cougar/John Cougar Mellencamp/John Mellencamp could do virtually no wrong – in spite of his reputation for being a massive pain in the ass. He was the Hoosier equivalent of Springsteen. I read awhile back that these two were on the outs…he wasn’t leaving Indiana and Meg wasn’t leaving NYC.

    Their combined Grouch Factor is off the charts. I have never seen a photo of them together where they even look remotely happy – as individuals or a couple. They always look sullen and pissed off to me.

  15. Skyblue says:

    I was just wondering about the two of them and you have answered my question. I’m also laughing about crusty love. Especially as I turn 48 at the end of the year and my boyfriend of a year will soon be 51. God love all us crusty lovers!! Love crumbs for everyone!

  16. mellie says:

    I live in Bloomington and he can be a real butt at times and if you believe what you read in the local newspapers, he is raising a couple of young butts as well…maybe she didn’t want her kids exposed to that either…

    • Cinderella says:

      I agree. I can’t imagine she’d want her young daughter around that stuff for the long haul.

  17. Jayna says:

    Six months to a year ago it was stated they split because she lives in NY and he’s never going to leave Indiana. They were never papped together again after that article whenever it was Now another split article. Now Closer Weekly (who are they) is reporting they have split. So it’s not “new” news or maybe both stories were wrong then and now. Who knows? They live a private life.

    Meg’s face, I never expected to see someone so cute change. The lip implant did her no favors. It, like Courtney Cox, made her mouth look wider and changed the look of her face. I don’t see evidence of the overuse of fillers anymore that she once did when I saw her on Oprah years ago.

  18. bettyrose says:

    My first thought was “he’s single??” But then I looked at the pictures. Can we have a story about Jon Bon Jovi instead? There’s a guy who just got better with age.

  19. Fan says:

    I like Meg. She is still beautiful. She became a recluse after hooking up with John. Maybe he is not for her.

  20. KelT says:

    As in many relationships, as the sex and newness of the togetherness wears off, life takes over. Sometimes you just can’t deal with the crap that someone else’s baggage contains.

  21. Bonfire Beach says:

    This bums me out. I liked this crusty couple for some reason.

  22. Trashaddict says:

    Hahaha I am so evil. Enter Russell Crowe.