Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp Engaged: Everything to Know About Their Rollercoaster Relationship - Ne
Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp are engaged but it hasn’t always been a smooth relationship for the two. The 56-year-old actress shared the announcement on her Instagram account on Thursday, writing, “ENGAGED!” next to a sweet and silly cartoon drawing of the two reaching for each other’s hands. Get push notifications with news, features, and more. Follow Following You'll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications. The news comes after Ryan and Mellencamp, 67, rekindled their romance in May 2017. The two first dated for three years before calling it quits in August 2014. While the two are now preparing to walk down the aisle, here are the ups and downs of their rollercoaster relationship. The actress and singer began dating in late 2011, with PEOPLE confirming the two were quietly dating in January 2011 after Mellencamp split from his wife of 18 years, Elaine Irwin. The couple was spotted together at Martha’s Vineyard and New York City, enjoying a coffee together and even going grocery shopping — where observers told PEOPLE at the time the two looked happy and at ease. Mellencamp has been married three times before and has five children, including two sons with Irwin. Ryan has been married once, to actor Dennis Quaid. They have one son, Jack Henry, 26. The two split in August 2014 after dating for more than three years. A source told PEOPLE at the time “it was the distance” that separated them. “She lives in New York and he resides in Indiana,” the insider said. “It was the long distance that ultimately was the cause.” While the pair was dating they kept a low profile, stepping out occasionally for industry events and being spotted every so often on the streets of New York City. Despite their romance, Mellencamp previously expressed his unhappiness with living in the Big Apple. “I’m too sensitive to live here,” he told Rolling Stone in December 2013. “I can’t see poor people. I can’t see suffering. I can’t see the trash on the streets.” When it came to the paparazzi, the “Jack and Diane” singer said, “I don’t give a f— about me, but I don’t like it for [Ryan].” His true home was Indiana, he added. “I’m not leaving Indiana,” he said. “I’m going to die here.” One month after their split in 2014, Mellencamp couldn’t help but gush about the Sleepless in Seattle actress. He spoke about her during an interview in Sirius XM’s The Howard Stern Show, saying, “Meg is an angel. She was just an angel sent to me at the right time.” “We tried to have a relationship for three years long distance,” he continued. While the distance was what broke them apart, Mellencamp hinted there could still be a chance of a reconciliation. “We’ll see what happens,” he said. The “Hurts So Good” singer eventually moved on and began dating model Christie Brinkley for about a year before the two split in 2016. As for Ryan, she told Closer in 2015 she was “taking a little break” from relationships.