Thrill of Lovin' Is Gone? John Mellencamp, Wife Split

Singer, wife Elaine end their 18-year marriage

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 31, 2010 5:29 AM CST

(Newser) – Sounds like the thrill of livin'—together—is gone. Rocker John Mellencamp is splitting with his wife of 18 years, reports PopEater. Mellencamp, 59, met then-model Elaine Irwin Mellencamp, 41, when she posed for the cover of his 1991 album, Whenever We Wanted. The two got engaged 10 weeks later. "John and Elaine Irwin Mellencamp are proud of their 20 years together and are very happy with their accomplishments both as parents and as a family," read their statement, released yesterday. No reason was given for the split. This was Mellencamp's third marriage. Click here to see the album cover.

Elaine Irwin Mellencamp and musician John Mellencamp announced yesterday that they are splitting up after 18 years of marriage.
Elaine Irwin Mellencamp and musician John Mellencamp announced yesterday that they are splitting up after 18 years of marriage.   (Getty Images)
Rock singer John Mellencamp, left, and his wife model Elaine Irwin Mellencamp, pose for a photo at the ninth year celebration of Ocean Drive Magazine, in Miami Beach, Fla.
Rock singer John Mellencamp, left, and his wife model Elaine Irwin Mellencamp, pose for a photo at the ninth year celebration of Ocean Drive Magazine, in Miami Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
John Mellencamp, right, and his wife Elaine Mellencamp stroll through a farmer's market.
John Mellencamp, right, and his wife Elaine Mellencamp stroll through a farmer's market.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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