Meg Ryan & John Mellencamp are engaged after 7 years of on-and-off crusty love

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I said it years ago, and I’ll say it again: crusty love never dies! John Mellencamp left his wife for Meg Ryan back in 2011. They dated steadily for several years, and there were even rumors back then of a quiet engagement. Then in August 2014, crusty love was dealt a serious blow: Mellencamp and Ryan split up, and all seemed to be lost. Mellencamp ended up dating Christie Brinkley for about a year, even though it seemed like John and Meg were possibly still friendly, or maybe not, I don’t know. What I do know is that in the first half of 2017, John and Meg got back together, because, I repeat, CRUSTY LOVE NEVER DIES. They’ve been together ever since. And now they’re engaged!

Meg posted the above Instagram on Thursday. People Magazine claims that their relationship redux began in May 2017, although I think it was probably earlier than that. People Mag also repeated the same old claim that Meg and John always fought about where to live – he wanted to keep Indiana as his homebase, while Meg’s homebase is New York. Mellencamp seemed fine with spending more time in New York, honestly. So we’ll see.

So what will the wedding be like? Will it involve cigarettes and a three-hour jam session? Will they elope? He’s 67, she’s 56 (almost 57). They might not want to wait. Go down to City Hall right now!

Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp take a romantic stroll arm-in-arm on a rainy day while shopping in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood

John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan In Manhattan

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  1. Other Renee says:

    Remember when Jen and Justin couldn’t agree on where to live? Remember how that turned out? Just saying.

    • jessamine says:

      I don’t think Jen and Justin wanted to agree on where to live. With these two … who knows?

  2. Escondista says:

    So much money… so little tailoring. Meg, please help that man dress!

  3. MyBlackCat says:

    I guess being of a certain age I don’t understand the aggressive use of “crusty”. How about “advanced” or “complex”. Just sounds derogatory to use the c word.

    • Esmom says:

      As one who gleefully embraced their crusty love story, I can tell you it has nothing to do with age. And really, I think it applies only to this couple. They are unique in their crustiness. Lol.

      • Ali says:

        If crusty love has to do with their ages, I missed that completely.

        She’s so odd. She’s a favorite from back in the day. I hope they stay happy and in NY. Meg Ryan in Indiana seems all kind of wrong.

      • Msmlnp says:

        If crusty love doesn’t have everything to do with age, then I missed THAT completely.

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      I tend to agree with you about using “crusty” to take a jab at their ages, if that’s what it referred to. Other than that, I thought Kaiser’s whole post was hilarious.

    • Ama says:

      Maybe it has more to do with the debis on their clothes, on his clothes to be precise. But her “style” is not all that good, too.

      • Thirsty Hirsty says:

        I always thought it meant he didn’t wash all that much and had ‘crusties’ in his eyes. Remember ‘Bones’ and when the geek guy wanted to be taken seriously and asked why ‘Cam’ wouldn’t take him seriously and ‘Angela’ responded ‘have you ever seen her with crusties in her eyes or a hair out of place’. That’s what I thought crusty love was, that Meg loved a guy even unwashed and with crusties in his eyes.

  4. Redgrl says:

    Have seen him in concert multiple times and he always rocks it. Even recently when his health made him play shorter shows he was still out there rocking. Cool dude. Good for them. Always had a soft spot for Meg Ryan too.

    • Esmom says:

      I saw him at Farm Aid in the 90s and the show was dead, including the Dave Matthews Band, until Mellencamp took the stage. The whole crowd finally woke up when he played Jack and Diane.

      I was looking for concert tickets for my teenage son for a birthday gift and I saw that he seems to be touring in 2019 but only in tiny towns/venues. We’re in Chicago so it would be nice if he came here because I know my son would like to see him. But alas he can’t drive two hours on a school night for a show.

      Springsteen has been doing the same thing in recent years. Bypassing Chicago for small cities in the midwest instead. Boo.

      • Jerusha says:

        But lucky for us in smallish towns. Saw Dylan last month, Lyle Lovett the other night, will see Baez in April, Kristofferson is in 11days and Willie N. Is on the way, among lots of others. We used to get lots of blues/r&b performers, but the older generation has passed on and few younger ones come this way. Only Leon Bridges on the schedule.

      • Esmom says:

        Jerusha, wow, nice lineup of shows. No shade to the people in the smaller towns who get to see some big names. Good for Leon Bridges. I love him.

  5. Gigi La Moore says:

    Nothing but love for them.

    • Lauren II says:

      Maybe JM is finally tired of dating mindless bimbos. Meg was so lovely till she started messing with her face…and a fantastic actress. Such a shame. JM’s music is timeless.
      I like that this couple are close in age. Wish them well.

  6. Elisabeth says:

    don’t stand too close to an open flame Meg…

  7. Veronica S. says:

    Y’know, I hate to say it, but you really don’t realize just how much work these women have done to their faces until you see the aging on other parts of their body, like hands or legs. They both look good for their age, but what a shame that women aren’t allowed to age as naturally as Mellon clearly has. It creates such unrealistic expectations for the rest of us.

  8. jj says:

    “They might not want to wait” What’s the implication? They might not want to wait because they’re so old they might die soon? What an odd thing to say.

    • GreenQueen says:

      I got married 4 days after my 31st birthday this summer and one week later was hospitalized, diagnosed with cancer and waiting to hear how long I might live. I’m a nurse so that comment was not rude to me, it’s realistic. You never know how much time you have, i remember laying in the hospital bed and thanking the cosmos for at least letting me live long enough to marry the love of my life.

  9. H says:

    I’ve liked Meg since she was on As The World Turns, but I hope she puts a cheating clause in any pre-nup. The guy is a serial womanizer. Fun fact: my ex-brother-in-law’s first marriage broke up because of Mellencamp. His wife cheated with John every time the guy rolled into town on a tour. Brother-in-law divorced her and married my sister (it didn’t last either).

  10. Amelie says:

    What the heck is crusty love? Sometimes this websites makes up expressions and I have no idea what you people are referring to.

  11. TQ says:

    I take ‘crusty’ to mean that sometimes he looks like he hasn’t showered in a few days…

    And good luck to them. Am reminded that before they got back together in 2017 he told Howard Stern that Meg ‘hates me to death’ because he acts like a child:

    Maybe he’s finally grown up? Am not so sure a leopard can change those spots…

  12. Cupcake says:

    They do seem meant to be. If anyone looks like a couple, it’s these two.

  13. Loudnproud says:

    So a woman in her mid fifties is crusty? How many times did you need to say that in this article? The nastiness on this site is beyond at this point. Thank you, next!

    • Msmlnp says:

      +1. At what point does one arrive at crustiness?? Asking for a friend who maybe isn’t yet “crusty” but moving towards the “day old” section.

    • horseandhound says:

      I am so happy to have read this comment. Agree one hundred percent.

  14. CityGirl says:

    Goo d for them! I wish them the best. Who didin’t know he and Christie Brinkley weren’t going to last? Odd pairing. These two seem like they fit – because you know, I know them so well and all….

  15. Nancy says:

    Meg tried to push back the aging process at an early age and just about lost her career. He is still cool among the rockers of his generation. Aging isn’t a disease. it’s part of life and it certainly beats the alternative! Either you die young or grow old. *Didn’t she leave Dennis Quaid for Russell Crow?* How did that work out Meg. Hope it’s the real deal with John.

  16. Maddy says:

    I didn’t even know they were back together again.

  17. TheOtherSam says:

    He is a notorious womanizer, but he didn’t leave Elaine Irwin for Meg. Rather Elaine left him first, for Jay Penske, of the famous race car family. They hooked up and she moved to LA to live with Jay, they had a child not much later. She left her two Mellencamp sons back on their own in Indiana apparently, and they were in and out of the news there for a while due to all the brawls and arrests they got involved in around Bloomington.

    Penske also owns Variety and Deadline, two big Hollywood trades. Last I read they were battling with their neighbors in Venice Beach over a large mansion they wanted to build there.

    • elle says:

      And 51% of Rolling Stone (you inspired me to go on a google mission). I was wondering what happened to Elaine Irwin – always thought she was gorgeous.

  18. Alexis says:

    I’ve loved John Mellencamp since I was a kid. His cassette tape was my very first! His music is comforting and he gives his all when he performs. And I ❤ Meg. So kudos to both.

    I have to add…look at the diversity that John has tried to push within his music. He’s been trying for a while and people weren’t paying enough attention.

  19. Vintage says:

    Judge, judge, judge as always.

    Unless it’s you.

  20. Jennifer says:

    I think John M. and Johnny Depp smell the same. I know I want to have a go at both of them with a wire brush.