The man made famous for his hit songs and albums familiar in households across American has decided to call it quits with his model wife of several years. John Mellencamp and Elaine Irwin announced this past September that they would be living apart during a trial separation. The couple announced the news during the same month as their 18-year wedding anniversary.
It appears as though the couple thought things over during their separation and has decided to officially call it quits. They announced their intentions in December, but have formally filed their high-asset divorce papers with the court earlier today in the New Year.
According to reports, the couple hopes to have a "drama-free" divorce. The couple allegedly signed a valid and enforceable prenuptial agreement which sets out the terms of their property division. Both partners in the relationship have brought a substantial amount of wealth to the marriage, but the prenuptial agreement will control which asset will go to which spouse after the divorce has been finalized.
The couple has had two children together who are 15 and 16 years old. In line with their intentions for an amicable divorce, the couple allegedly has already agreed upon a child custody arrangement, the details of which remain confidential.
Rumors have swarmed that each spouse has already begun moving on with their lives. The 59-year-old singer has been rumored to be already involved with the famous actress, Meg Ryan. According to sources, the singer and actress have been dating since about the time the couple announced their separation.
Source: Us Magazine "John Mellencamp Files for Divorce, Prenup in Place" 1/20/11