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John Mellencamp, wife Elaine Irwin Mellencamp call it quits

Elaine Irwin Mellencamp and John Mellencamp are splitting after 18 years of marriage John Mellencamp and his wife, Elaine Irwin Mellencamp, are splitting up after 18 years of marriage, their rep says.

The Mellencamps "are proud of their 20 years together and are very happy with their accomplishments both as parents and as a family," said publicist Bob Merlis, who declined to say Thursday whether the two had filed for divorce yet.

The Indiana rocker, 59, and the Almay cosmetics model, 41 -- who met in 1991, got engaged after dating for 10 weeks and married in 1992 -- have two teenage sons together. Elaine is the "Pink Houses" singer's third wife. He has three other children from the two other marriages.

They first crossed paths at work, according to the Hollywood Reporter -- she was booked to appear on the cover of his album "Whenever We Wanted."


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Elaine Irwin Mellencamp and musician John Mellencamp at a charity event in New York City on Oct. 21. Credit: Jemal Countess / Getty Images

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Frankly I am suprised she stuck around this long considering he is a old, non talented, unattractive-dwarf and a pathetic pervert! She coud and will do so much better without this ego monster!

PS. I am a personal friend of Elaine and know these things first hand.

Sad to hear they are splitting up. I wonder what went wrong? Maybe it was his hair! He looks like a thinner Gary Glitter w/ less makeup for godsake!! It looks like he got tips from Cameron Diaz in Something about Mary. Oh? is that hair gel? He use to be such a good ole' Stoner Rock Prince too. I hope they patch it up. Skoge

Sad but oh well. If Elaine ever wants to get hooked-up again have her give me a call.

Hey Ron, . .and I'll be taking her out to dinner tonight. . .I'm sure she told you. . .being a personal friend and all. . . .after dinner we are flying to Denver. . .and will be in a private cabin all weekend. . .

Sad news for the start of the New Year. Well; things happen and life goes on....a new life for both....someone out there who they have not met yet ..loves them and is waiting to be part of their new life /history. Can not wait to see who they discover has been waiting for them.

those who talk don't know, those who know don't talk. If you were a friend of Elaine's I doubt if you will be much longer.

The good news is that he'll now have more time for his campaign to be the next mayor of Whoville...

Wendy, Ron, whatever your name is, do tell. We want to know more! Meow!

Well, dosen't surprise me! It's his third marriage, he getting old and she's still fairly good looking. If they had such a good run, why split? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

He looks bad, she looks thin and depressed. I believe she damn near killed him and that he could not controll his penchant for drugs and women, ah so much for the models and rockers template. John, keep on rockin, no more bangin' skinny chicks, time to move on to the soft style
; fleshy broads for the future bro, Cadillac style for now on!!!! Just ask any black guy, the middle age white girl offers alot for no change, they love you for what you are not what you can be!!!1,000,000 kisses

Ron is the reason the net needs to be monitored and controlled. idiots should not be allowed to comment knowing that nobody knows who they are.

"I know Elaine"

Even if you did, wouldnt you spare her sons your comments?

And if he is pathetic and untalented, why did she marry him in the first place?

Money? And all people who marry for money are good people?

I dont know Elaine or John, though I love his music, I KNOW he is talented/hard working, because I write music myself.

Sad world really, marriage breaking up is one thing and bad enough, but morons like Ron take the cake.

Yeh Ron/Wendy and I live in a little pink house

Its to bad. They looked so happy together. John will move on making new records. Elaine will do what she has to do. John Mellencamp will always be the Voice of the Heart Land.

so sad, heart trouble, lost his punk voice[that made him fam] spent his money now lost his squeeze, from one of the 70's/80's rocker to another GOOD LUCK

OK, love , love , love John Mellencamp and have forever, but I have to say that in this picture he looks like Jim Carrey's version of the Grinch without the green paint. What is up with that ??????

Yeah he's old, yeah he lost his voice, No he hasnt had a hit in a while. but that's what happens in life folks, people get old, nobody is getting out of here alive. The haters online are unbelievable. Have any of you had the career this man has had?

"He's old and pathetic" are the comments. He wasnt always old, and when people marry they grow old together. She aint no spring chicken anymore either, I dont think she would get the cover of playboy now.

Stop the hating and find some meaning in your own lives.

So sorry to hear about John and Elaine splitting up. They made such a nice looking couple. I wish them both the best of everything. Maybe the New Year will be a good year for both of them. It would be nice if they could work things out, if not I hope they can keep it clean, out of the press and off the internet for the family sake. Good luck to them both.

John, its time for some just for men hair dye...

He looks a lot older than 59. Whatever happened to his violin player?

Hey Wendy/Ron - whatever your name is, I am a personal friend of John's and I say you are a liar. I saw him in Kansas City in November and he rocked the house. You should get better sources.


I DON'T THINK I COULD HAVE SEX WITH EITHER ONE...she must have clingons with those bushy eyebrows, he hasn't been cool since he was John Cougar.....

Yep I agree- if it was such a good run after 20 years why are you breaking up, probably divorcing. Don't care if it's 2011 or not- in my eyes a marriage vow is still a marriage vow. Unreal all the people who 'give up'.

john begalla forhead....

It looks like the poor guy had to work his nuts off to keep her.

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