Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp have reportedly ended their relationship after being together for three years.
Closer Weekly was the first to break the news when Mellencamp’s friend told the publication that the couple had split “a couple weeks ago.”
He explained that John couldn’t handle all of the attention he received from dating an actress, and decided to call it quits. “I don’t think he loved all the attention he got just from dating an actress,” the friend revealed. “I bet he’ll stay away from dating another famous person for a while.”
Another source said that the distance was the reason for the split. “It was the distance,” a source told People. “She lives in New York and he resides in Indiana. It was the long distance that ultimately was the cause.”
Mellencamp, who started dating Ryan after divorcing his wife of 18 years, has made it clear that he will not ever call New York his home. “I’m too sensitive to live there,” John told Rolling Stone. “I can’t see poor people. I can’t see the suffering. I can’t see the trash on the streets.” When it comes to paparazzi attention, he added, “I don’t like it for [Ryan]. “I’m not leaving Indiana. I’m going to die here.”
Both stars have plenty of work to keep them busy from focusing on their failed relationship. Mellencamp is currently getting ready to release his 22nd album, Plain Spoken, in November, and Ryan is working on her directorial debut, Ithaca.
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