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John Mellencamp And Meg Ryan Go Public

John Mellencamp & Meg Ryan

Now that everyone knows Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp are an item, there’s no reason for them to pretend otherwise. Taking a break from their usual grocery store trips together (aw), the 59-year-old rocker and his 49-year-old date passed paparazzi on the way to the Whitney Museum of Art yesterday, with the pair laughing—and still wearing their sunglasses—in the lobby. Judging from John’s touchy-feely body language, this is one pairing that won’t Swyllenhaal brief.

See photos of John and Ry-an, two American stars catching an exhibit of Karthik Pandian, in the gallery blow.

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Report: Meg Ryan And John Mellencamp Are Dating

John Mellencamp & Meg Ryan

Looks like John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan aren’t “just friends” after all. People reports that the pair have been dating for almost two months, recently being spotted in Martha’s Vineyard and NYC. “She usually comes in by herself or with her daughter,” said a witness who spotted Ryan grocery shopping with Johnny Cougar. “I thought that was her husband because they seemed for comfortable and familiar with each other, just like an old married couple.”

Actually, Ryan hasn’t been tied down since splitting with Dennis Quaid in 2001, but John just split with wife Elaine Irwin Mellencamp after nearly 20 years of marriage. People’s sources claim that the Mellencamps were secretly separated for months before things got serious with Meg. We’re inclined to believe it, as it’s hard to imagine one would trade their banging hot model wife/mother-of-your-children for Meg Ryan in 2010. No, Meg Ryan is what you go for after you become a short, single 59-year-old with a pompadour.

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Are John Mellencamp And Meg Ryan An Item?

John Mellencamp & Meg Ryan

Here’s one sex tape you couldn’t pay us to watch. John Mellencamp, who announced his split from model wife Elaine just before New Years’, has been spending time backstage with Meg Ryan on his recent tour. No one’s accusing them of being anything more than “friends” and Ryan is one of the actresses taking part in Ghost Brothers Of Darkling County, his long-planned musical with Stephen King (for real!). But with Meg and the Coug spotted walking arm-in-arm last October, one does have to wonder about the timing.

Ryan is no stranger to dramatic splits, notoriously running off with Russell Crowe—and ditching husband Dennis Quaid—in 2001. Neither side had any comment on Page Six‘s rumor-mongering, but it’s not like either’s publicist could just say “Ewwwww!!!!”

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John And Elaine Mellencamp Divorcing After 18 Years

John Mellencamp & Elaine Irwin Mellencamp

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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