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John Mellencamp, wife Elaine Irwin Mellencamp call it quits

December 31, 2010 | 11:28 am

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