When rocker John Mellencamp married model Elaine Irwin in 1992 after meeting on a video shoot, few would have guessed they’d be a couple for long. Eighteen years, two children, ten albums, one heart attack and countless cigarette packs later, we can’t believe they’re breaking up. Said their rep in a statement, “John and Elaine Mellencamp are proud of their 20 years together and are very happy with their accomplishments both as parents and as a family. They will continue to raise their two children in Indiana but have decided to call it a day as a couple.” Looks like Ric Ocasek and Paulina Porizkova have won the ugly rocker/hot model marriage marathon.
Though there’s no word on what caused John and Elaine’s split or whether divorce papers have been filed, this separation announcement is surprising enough. Staying professionally and politically active while maintaining their Hoosier home, their marriage lasted nearly as long as John’s two previous marriages combined. The pair have two teenage boys, Hud and Speck (who started a Facebook group in 2009 to get his dad to quit smoking), and John has three grown daughters from his earlier unions. See photos of the couple in the gallery below.
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