Why Meg Ryan Broke Off Her Engagement To John Mellencamp

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Why Did Meg Ryan And John Mellencamp Breakup? New Details On Why She Ended The Relationship
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Well, Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp have split up again, and it may be for good this time, according to Us Weekly. The two were together off and on for 8 years and got engaged last year. She’d had enough and ended [their engagement],” a source revealed to Us Weekly. “She has no regrets.” Why did Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp break up?

Last November,  the actress announced her engagement to the singer on Instagram. “ENGAGED!” she captioned the photo of the couple. The photo received about 33,000 likes and over 1,200 comments. Many of the comments noted Mellencamp's behavior and advised against the engagement to the singer. One commenter noted that Mellencamp, "Did not appear to be a positive or very likable guy on Dan Rather interview... but congrats if you are happy."

Rumors of the split surfaced after Ryan was seen in Los Angeles without her engagement ring. The two have quite the history together but a broken engagement is probably harder to come back from than just a break up. We wish nothing but the best for these two and hope they can move on. For now, here's everything we know about Mellencamp and Ryan as a couple and why they have ended their relationship in the past.   

1. They had an on and off relationship for 8 years

According to Us MagazineRyan and Mellencamp first began dating back in 2011 and broke up for the first time in 2014 before later getting back together that year.  A year later, the two broke up again, saw other people and then got back together two years later. 

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2. She's focusing on her kids right now

Ryan has tried to distract herself from the breakup and has put her focus into her family and her children’s happiness, according to Us Magazine. Ryan's oldest Jack Quaid, 27, from her 10-year marriage to Dennis Quaid, is pursuing an acting career. She also has a 15-year-old daughter Daisy True Ryan.

3. Mellencamp told Howard Stern that Ryan hated his guts in 2017

According to People, in 2017 Mellencamp shared on the Howard Stern show that Ryan shared a bit of animosity toward him after their recent split, but he admittedly shared that she wasn't wrong. “I loved Meg Ryan,” the rocker told Howard Stern in 2017. “She hates me to death. I think it’s because I’m a child. I throw fits, I gripe, I complain. I’m moody.”

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4. Mellencamp dated Christie Brinkley shortly after he and Ryan split in 2015

Amid his split from Ryan, in September 2015, Mellencamp dated Christie Brinkley which only lasted for a year due to distance issues. At that time Ryan remained single. “I’m leery of discussing my relationship because I don’t want to jinx it,” Brinkley told Howard Stern on his SiriusXM radio show, according to Us Magazine. “Both the mileage between their homes and their heavy career demands interfered with their ability to maintain the relationship," the couple's rep told Us Magazine. "They vowed to remain best of friends.”

5.  Ryan shared this year that she was writing a rom-com

The rom-com actress revealed to E.T. in February that she's been cooking up a rom-com herself. "It’s at Working Title Films. I’ll just leave it at that. Getting the green light... My God. You feel like you’re jinxing it if you’re talking about it. Hopefully, it’s for me to direct. I’m aware now that romantic comedies are confections, but they have construction. There’s architecture," she shares. "It’s not something I was aware of back then."

6. Ryan said she never wanted to be an actress

This may surprise you, but Ryan never saw herself as becoming an actress. In an interview with E.T., she said, "I never wanted to be an actress. The whole idea of being a famous person...I felt like a witness to, I didn’t feel exactly in it, and I think that was a really good thing,” she explained. I felt like a student of it in a way, or that I was watching it in an anthropological way."

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Elizabeth Ward is a writing student finishing her bachelor’s at the University of Louisville. She covers news, entertainment, relationships and everything in between.