It was John who filed for divorce in January 2011, calling the marriage irretrievably broken down.
Chances are that he and Elaine were already separated at that time, because soon after the news of the divorce broke, it was also reported that John was dating Meg Ryan.
The divorce appeared to be mostly amicable and most details are unknown to the public.John Mellencamp and his wife, Elaine Irwin Mellencamp, are splitting up after 18 years of marriage, their rep says.The Mellencamps "are proud of their 20 years together and are very happy with their accomplishments both as parents and as a family," said publicist Bob Merlis, who declined to say Thursday whether the two had filed for divorce yet.John Mellencamp has been married and divorced three times now. But they hit it off big time and were married within a year.According to himself, it’s always love and laughter in the beginning… His last marriage was that to Elaine Irwin and it lasted a total of 19 years. They appear to have been happy throughout most of their marriage.The pair have been quietly dating since shortly after Irwin’s split from husband-of-18-years John Mellencamp, back in January 2011Global at the time.