John Mellencamp, the GRAMMY AWARD winning American rocker known by the stage name 'Johnny Cougar', has begun dating the Hollywood actress Meg Ryan following his split from supermodel wife Elaine Irwin Mellencamp, according to US Magazine. The couple had been married for 18 years but announced their separation on 30th December 2010.
It is claimed that Mellencamp and Ryan were first spotted together in New York City back in October, and an insider said, "They are indeed dating". However, the source also states that the new couple began dating after Mellencamp had decided to call it quits with his wife, adding, "Meg came into the picture much later - well after they decided to split". The American singer-songwriter, musician and occasional actor has five children from three marriages including one daughter with PRISCILLA ESTERLINE, two further daughters with VICTORIA GRANUCCI and two sons with Elaine.
39-year-old Ryan, who last appeared on screen in 2009, was previously married to the actor Dennis Quaid and the couple had one child together. However, they separated in 2000 and the actress reportedly began a relationship with Russell Crowe shortly after.