Meg Ryan & John Mellencamp ‘are old enough to know what they want’

Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp take a romantic stroll in NYC

I guess I should clarify something for newish Celebitchy readers about the fact that I called Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp’s romance “crusty love.” I’ve literally done that since the beginning of their relationship circa 2011. “Crusty” is not an ageist pejorative, or at least I don’t mean it that way. I always meant it as in… he, specifically, looks crusty. He always looks rumbled and unkempt, like he just rolled out of bed and grabbed his pack of cigarettes without even bothering to clean up his eye boogers. Together with Meg, they just always gave off similarly rumpled vibes. Anyway, they were on-and-off crusty lovers for seven years, and they recently announced their engagement. So it’s time for People Magazine to try to make this engagement sound fated and romantic, like it doesn’t involve a healthy dose of eye boogs.

Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp have always been ultra-private about their on and off-again relationship over the past seven years, but they were happy to share the good news that they’re engaged.

“John and Meg are a great combination,” a source close to the rocker tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. Adds an entertainment insider: “They relate on many levels. John loves her intellect, personality and sense of humor. Meg is in awe of his talent.”

This will be the second marriage for Ryan, 57, who was wed to actor Dennis Quaid for 10 years (and shares a son, Jack, 26), and the fourth for Mellencamp, 67, who has five kids from his three previous marriages. The couple began dating in 2011, after Mellencamp ended his 18-year marriage to model Elaine Irwin, despite Ryan living in New York City with her daughter Daisy, 14, whom she adopted in 2006, and Mellencamp preferring to stay in his home state of Indiana.

The two called it quits in August 2014 primarily because of the long-distance and Mellencamp dated Christie Brinkley for a year. Now with wedding plans likely underway, it remains to be seen where the couple will call home. “They have different lifestyles but they’re busy enough to be able to handle their differences,” adds the entertainment source. “They are old enough to know what they want.”

[From People]

Real talk: I also think they’re old enough to know what they want, just as I think they’re old enough to be set in their ways (crustily so, if you will). Neither of them wants to change much for the other, which is why they broke up in 2014 – she wanted to be in New York, he wanted to be Indiana. Getting engaged doesn’t change that! There are still the same old issues as before. So while they’re old enough to know what they want, I kind of think they’re too old to just cross their fingers and hope all of their issues magically disappear when they get engaged.

Meg Ryan can't stop showing off her engagement ring as she waves to the photographers in NY

Photos courtesy of Backgrid and Avalon Red.

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  1. Mellie says:

    Agree with you on the crusty…he looks crusty and his personality is very crusty. She’s just adorable though, in my opinion.

  2. SilverUnicorn says:

    I know I will sound mean here but he seems a fitter version of how Russell Crowe looks at present…

  3. Who ARE these people? says:

    Oh heavens, People magazine. It’s irrelevant that she adopted her daughter.

  4. AnnaKist says:

    They’re old enough, but are tgey smart enough, cuz there’s no fool like an old fool… Top marks to MR for wearing comfy shoes with her dress, and in public! 👟

    • Esmom says:

      She looks so cute in that dress but the shoes really ruin it. I get wanting to be comfy but she could have chose from a hundred better options out there. But if she was going for a crust vibe, she nailed it, I guess. His sweats are so gross. Crusty, if you will.

      I recently noticed that Mellencamp seems to have tiny hands. *shudder*

      • Nancy says:

        She has some good sized feet on her. They look bigger than his, but he is little. Small hands don’t always mean small everything…lol. Guess love is better the second time around, or third, or fourth. I wonder if these celebs even know what love is??!

  5. JadedBrit says:

    I imagine they’ll split the time between their favourite places. And learn new appreciation for said places because it’s always amazing to see what makes your beloved adore a place so. I think they’re mature enough to appreciate their differences and to respect them.
    Lastly, I wish them both very happy.

  6. Electric Tuba says:

    Who’s out here questioning these two? What’s going on do one of them have loved ones or an ex working at people? Who’s out here checking for these two like that? Wtf

  7. Xtrology says:

    Kaiser, you’re forgetting that he is a chain smoker. I lived briefly with one and it took a week for me to start coughing. The second hand smoke is more deadly than the first. These people are simply not relationship material. They will ruin your health. Los Angeles has become a non-smoking city. You can’t even smoke on the streets because it is too close to buildings. The only place you can smoke is your home and your car. It’s just a nasty habit. Crusty is sexy compared to this.

    • MyBlackCat says:

      Would rather be single than date a chain smoker. So gross. I was caught up with someone who progressed into pot smoke hell. I shudder to think I put up w it. BTW, Thanks for explaining the crusty, it’s amazing these men find romance, but in his case money & fame compensate I guess. Yuck tho.

  8. Ginger says:

    8 years is a long time to take to know what you want, but good for them.

  9. Ally says:

    At least she had Dennis Quaid at the height of his hotness. Mellencamp is just a hot mess. The smoking, the anger issues… seriously doubt they’ll even make it up the aisle.

    • Janet says:

      Quaid cheated on her many times and was addicted to drugs and alcohol. Mellencamp is a step up from him. Good for you, Meg! Plus at least he dates women his own age, unlike Quaidster (64) who likes girls 18-30

  10. Mash says:

    i honestly think the darryl hannah and neil young marriage inspired them….they prob was like WTF not man…