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Meg Ryan dating newly divorced John Mellencamp

by Shannon Harris on January 5, 2011

Actress Meg Ryan and rock star John Mellencamp are reportedly dating, having been spotted together in New York City and on Martha's Vineyard shortly after Mellencamp filed for a divorce with his former wife.

A source told People that Ryan, 49, and Mellencamp, 59, first began seeing each other about seven weeks ago, shortly after Mellencamp announced his divorce from former model Elaine Irwin, his wife of 18 years. Reportedly Irwin and Mellencamp had already been separated for some time.

"Meg came into the picture much later – well after they decided to split," a source told Us Weekly, debunking the theory that Ryan played the role of a home wrecker.

"She usually comes in by herself or with her daughter. I thought that was her husband because they seemed […] comfortable and familiar with each other, just like an old married couple," a cafe-goer told People, referring to the couple's shopping trip at Gourmet Garage in SoHo.

The couple is allegedly working on a Stephen King musical together based on his Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. Mellencamp is writing an original soundtrack while Ryan is doing a voicetrack for one of the characters, the Boston Herald reports.

Ryan has been married once before to Dennis Quiad. The pair has two children together. Ryan separated from Quiad in 2000 after 10 years of marriage, and has not publicly dated since then aside from a brief involvement with Russell Crowe shortly after her divorce.

Mellencamp has already been married three times. The singer has five children, including two with Elaine.

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