Christie Brinkley & John Mellencamp split because of his ‘redneck ways’


Earlier this week, People Magazine announced that John Mellencamp and Christie Brinkley were over. It was a shock for those people who totally forgot that they were a thing. Christie and John started dating last fall, allegedly having their first date in September. It was weird, at the time, because I still thought John was crusty-loving with Meg Ryan. As it turns out, John and Meg had been off-and-on for the better part of a year, and John moved on in a big way with Christie. But now they’re over too. Their reps released a joint statement:

“Both the mileage between their homes and their heavy career demands interfered with their ability to maintain the relationship. They vowed to remain best of friends.”

[From People]

Christie lives in the Hamptons, and John’s homebase is in Indiana, although I think he spends a lot of time in New York, so I did wonder if there was something more to this split other than just “mileage.” As it turns out, there was: Christie hated John’s redneck ways. Allegedly.

Christie Brinkley had to part with John Mellencamp because she couldn’t take his hellbent political opinions and his redneck ways, sources say. The supermodel is a fixture in the fancy social circles of the Hamptons and is a Hillary Clinton supporter, while Mellencamp still lives in southern Indiana and sometimes sounds like a Donald Trump fan, though he isn’t.

“If you know John, you know he doesn’t do well at social gatherings and at tables filled with nice folks, particularly the Hamptons set,” one insider told me. “He shoots straight from the hip. She may have liked that he’s a cowboy, but in the end that’s what drove her away.”

The chain-smoking Mellencamp is anti-war and pro-gay marriage. But in “Peaceful World” he sings, “People know this world is a wreck/We’re sick and tired of being politically correct.” In “The West End” he sings, “It sure has changed here/Since I was a kid/It’s worse now/Look what progress did.”

A source close to the couple said, “Distance was the culprit. He doesn’t like the Hamptons. That is not his scene. So it fizzled out.”

[From Page Six]

Mellencamp was a pretty big Obama supporter actually, even performing at Obama rallies back in 2012. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Mellencamp did say “the wrong thing” around Christie’s fancy Hamptons friends though. I’m sure all of those snooty-snoots think Mellencamp is so peasant-y. And if John Mellencamp is a “redneck” to those people, what do they think of literally half the country? Anyway… yeah, no surprise that a grizzled rocker from Indiana isn’t going to make it work with an Uptown Girl.

Update: Christie posted a lengthy Instagram debunking Page Six’s story and reiterating that both she and John are patriotic Americans and Democrats who are both voting for Hillary Clinton.


Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. snusnud says:

    Maybe he tried to squat and pee in front of her house.

  2. Gg says:

    Good he is gross and tosses women aside like trash!

    • JenniferJustice says:

      More like has been women flock to him to get in the news and stay relevant. He, on the other hand, just keeps doing his thing. It’s refreshing to see an older guy in the business who hasn’t messed with his face or tried to keep being in his 20s AND he dates his own age. It’s the women who keep wanting more from him. He’s not marrying again ladies. Accept it.

      • Jayna says:

        Meg Ryan lives a very private life. I would never call her someone flocking to him for attention. Quite the opposite. And Meg has a young daughter that is her focus.

        Christie loves the attention, though.

      • Wren says:

        How has he thrown women aside like trash? Have I missed something? He seems like he dates, does the monogamy thing for a bit but doesn’t intend to settle down.

        John and Christie are clearly a mismatch, and it sounds like they split pretty mutually. I don’t know what’s up with Meg, but if she wanted different things from the relationship than he did, then naturally they would break up too.

    • Sabrine says:

      Goodness, why would she date him in the first place? Perhaps there’s more to him than his outward appearance.

  3. mytake says:

    I would never have guessed that the man in the pics is John Mellencamp. Ever.

  4. Thaisajs says:

    I’m from Indiana and I grew up listening to his music and going to his concerts. The thing with Mellencamp is — he hasn’t changed over the years. At all. He is what he is. If she didn’t know that, or she thought she could change him, that was just a bad call.

    • HappyMom says:

      She doesn’t have the best track record with men (4 marriages) so I’m guessing it was another bad call.

    • JFresh says:

      Yeah I bet she really liked those things about him at first, then they became inconvenient for her.

    • hogtowngooner says:

      Yeah I don’t really get that concept of”oh he’ll change for ME.” I don’t know much about Mellencamp, but he seems to have laid his cards on the table and adopted a “take it or leave it” attitude, which isn’t a bad thing at all. It’s honest from the get-go.

  5. JenniferJustice says:

    I find this very one-sided. One could just as easily assume John didn’t like her uptown girl ways. He has made no bones about the fact that he doesn’t like Hollywood, the Industry, or any of the pandering for relevancy. I admire that he never left his home state and maintained a quiet small town life. Brinkley is an attention-seeker and started blabbing that he is so in love with her, he already wanted to marry her. She’ll say anything to end up bringing attention to her skincare line. She’s a salesman now.

    • Maire3 says:

      She’s also shilling some sort of celebrity champers (IIRC)

    • Wren says:

      Well, it is the story from Team Brinkley so it would naturally be one sided. If she didn’t like his ways it’s not a long leap to imagine he didn’t like hers either. They probably really liked each other as people but their attitudes towards life and social circles were too different to maintain harmony. Breaking up would be the natural and mature thing to do.

    • orangecrush says:

      She strikes me as *extremely* high maintenance, which I’m sure gets old in a hurry (unlike her newly-purchased face and body).

    • Toxic Shock Avenger says:

      I’ll give you that he does keep it real about being an Indiana boy til death do he and Hoosier Land part. He does seem to go for models and actresses though, and I have to wonder why, aside from the obvious charms. Seems like he’d be happier with an Indiana girl. Shop local, dude. It’s not just for groceries.

  6. Jayna says:

    He lives somewhere else. Long distance has to end at some point. Christie has heavy career demands? LOL

    He was promoting an album he made a few years back, and, truthfully, the interview depressed me. No wonder his music is never happy. I don’t know why, just something about it. He chain smokes all day. He says he either writes music all day or paints all day, literally all day, and never has to leave the house when he’s in that mood. He’s quite the artist in that he takes it seriously. He said he will go long stretches of time painting 10 to 12 hours a day, and then back off for three or four months. Then he’s writing songs for 10 to 12 hours a day and doesn’t want to be bothered.

    Sure, he travels, obviously if he dated Meg, as far as hanging out in NYC, but he doesn’t live there.

    I think he is very set in his ways. He is never going to change. And Christie is Miss Hamptons, lets face it. Her life revolves around that area. She is very social. So I never got those two. And she’s a health nut and he’s not.

    • JFresh says:

      C’mon, her wigs and hair extensions aren’t going to sell themselves!!! #careerdemands

      • Lindsay says:

        The ugly Prosecco bottles with her face on it don’t design themselves.
        Plus, it takes A LOT of time to think of all those puns to tackily name and shame those who ‘wronged’ her. Not a career per say but very important!

  7. tracking says:

    Oh yeah, I can see him loathing the Hamptons scene. After a second summer, I’m sure he was done with it and I can see (high-maintenance-seeming) Christie being very put off by that. Too different.

  8. Betti says:

    Christie is a well known snob who likes her musicians and men who are a bit ‘rough’. I’ve never had any time for her, i just don’t know what her appeal was.

  9. Barbara says:

    My friend dated him way back in the day and I’ll never forget he blew his nose on her shirt sleeve GROSS. I laughed out loud when I saw him with Uptown Girl…

  10. QQ says:

    I gotta say surgery or not or whatever Christie did that CERTIFIED CORRECT she looks BOMB

    • shelly says:

      She looks fantastic, although there is a hint of the Joker about her mouth.

      A minor quibble, its rare to see such natural looking work.

    • tracking says:

      I remember when she had this done (around five years ago?) and she looked crazy bad and overly tight until it settled.

    • Robin says:

      Her plastic surgery is right up there with Elsa Pataky’s. Almost looks natural.

  11. Cara says:

    Christie has about the worst track record with men possible…girlfriend is messy in relationships. Maybe John was just too normal, actually….

  12. Zuzus Girl says:

    I’m guessing she thought it was fun to go slumming for a while but he was never going to be allowed on the furniture.

  13. Megmu99 says:

    They call him The Little Bastard in Indiana. There are lots of rumors that he is just the biggest jerk, so this sounds about right to me!

  14. stinky says:


  15. stinky says:

    she’s EXHAUSTING even just in pics.
    I cant stand her but will always respect that she sprayed that drunk skank who was peeing in front of her party!

  16. mellie says:

    I’m from Bloomington, Indiana and make no bones about it, he can be an absolute jerk off, but one thing he is not and that is fake, there is not one darn thing that is fake about JCM. I don’t think Christy Brinkley can say the same.

  17. boredblond says:

    Consider the six adores every snooty thing about the Hamptons, and can’t go a day without gushing over the lavish life of any millionaire X and socialite Y there. I can only imagine when Mellencamp was organizing FarmAid, writing anti-war lyrics, and promoting a peace march to DC, her gesture for the little people was giving her maids old clothes she didn’t want.

  18. freewhitebaby says:

    Christie’s face looks fake to me. I mean, she’s pretty for a 30 year old, but she’s not 30 anymore. A woman her age needs to have some character to her face. It shows she has had a life and laughed, cried, etc. Christie looks like she lived her life in a cryogenic haze. And she’s always smiling. Quit with the fake smile, woman.

  19. mkyarwood says:

    I will not profess to know their minds, or them personally, but I did go to high school with Teddi and Justice, my senior year in HHI. My younger sister is good friends with Justice, still. Their house was where the legendary parties were, obviously, and The Cowboy himself came to graduation. He looked almost exactly the same as in these photos, sat on his own, smoked in the back, kept to himself. What I know is that there is a lot of love in their family, which is large and extended and full of happy little kids. I think it’s very hard to be married to a musician, and to be a musician.

  20. Tourmaline says:

    So do we think he might get back together with Meg? They seemed a much better match than him and Christie….. I definitely get a crusty, crabby vibe from Meg that seems compatible with his!

  21. kanyekardashian says:

    They were introduced by Howard Stern. I never understood this relationship, especially since he said on Howard’s show that he hates New York and that it was the reason he and Meg broke up, so why he would go out with another New Yorker right away is boggling. Oh wait, supermodel. Okay, I get it now. Why SHE would go out with a heavy smoker like him when she’s all about health, that, I don’t get.

  22. april says:

    From the beginning I said this one would never last. Their health styles are polar opposites. I don’t know why she would date a smoker let alone a chain smoker. Now for my prediction that Gwen and Blake won’t last…stay tuned.

  23. Leahpet says:

    Dumping John Mellencamp for being a red neck is like refusing to drink water because it’s too wet.

  24. Malyin says:

    Redneck is a pejorative pertaining to low education country folk from the southern states of Alabama and Mississippi, NOT, Indiana, which is solid Mid-West corn belt farmland.

    It is not a term used by journalists and is an insulting vernacular stereotype.

    I suggest both a dictionary and an atlas.

    • Toxic Shock Avenger says:

      Ahh, yes… the solid Midwestern salt-of-the-earth corn growers of Hoosier land. Many’s the time I’ve surfed southern Indiana’s amber waves and thought, “hey, that’s weird, I didn’t know people grew corn in campers! Or that it was so explosive!”

      Rednecks aren’t everyone, but they ARE everywhere; geography has nothing to do with it, anymore. I suggest both a road trip and bulletproof glass.