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“He didn’t want to get married again,” a source tells People of the 68-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, who’s had three previous marriages that ended in divorce.
The source continues, “He loves her, but marriage never seemed to be a part of it…It’s unclear how important a marriage was to Meg. But they spent a lot of time together and it’s too bad they split. They really got along so well together.”
Mellencamp and Ryan have had a turbulent relationship since they first began dating in 2011. They first broke up in 2014, then rekindled their romance in 2017. In November 2018, Ryan posted a message on her Instagram featuring a goofy line drawing of herself and Mellencamp, along with a caption that read, “ENGAGED!”
Ryan, 57, was previously married to actor Dennis Quaid from 1991 to 2001. This past August, she noted in an InStyle interview that she wasn’t in a hurry to head down the aisle with Mellencamp.
“I’m going to get married at some point,” she told the magazine. “But for now, this engagement thing is a state of grace.”
Rumors that the couple may have broken up started circulating a little over a week ago, after the When Harry Met Sally star was spotted without her engagement ring at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Governors Awards.
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