One of the great names in American music, John Mellencamp is a well-known Ameican singer and songwriter. He is famous for being a member of the rock music band Heartland rock. He is also an actor and a painter.
John Mellencamp was born on October 7, 1951, as John J Mellencamp in Seymour, Indiana, the United States of America to Richard Mellencamp. He is also known by the name Johnny Cougar and John Cougar. He is of American nationality and belongs to the German descent.
John has been active in music since he was in his early teens. When he was just fourteen years old, he formed his own band Crepe Soul. He also played for Trash, Snakepit Banana Barn, and the Mason Brothers. When he was in his high school, he was addicted to drugs and alcohol.
After his high school graduation, he got enrolled at the Vincennes University and graduated in 1974. He became involved in music after that. His first album Chestnut Street Incident was released on the 1st of October 1976.
Their second album, A Biography was finally released on 6th of March 1978. He has also acted in the movie Falling from Grace. Also, he won an American Music Award for Jack & Diane in 1982.
In his late teens, John was spotted with Priscilla Esterline. She became pregnant with John. His first daughter Michelle Mellencamp was born at the end of 1970. Just a year before the arrival of their first child, the pair got married. However, after being married for over a decade, they got divorced in 1981.
Besides Priscilla, John has married twice, however, both ended with divorce. It was claimed that his first married life was dissolved because of his extra affairs with Victoria L. Granucci. They got married on May 23, 1981. As a married couple, they became parents to two daughters: Teddi Jo and Justice. They got divorced on July 7, 1989.
On 5th of September 1992, John got married to Elaine Irwin; makeup artist. They also had two children: Hud and Speck. They got divorced on the 12th of August 2011.
In late 2011, John was seen dating Meg Ryan; an American actress and producer. In early 2014, news came out that they are separated, but they reconciled in October 2014 and again broke up in 2015.
Again in 2017, the couple reunited and is reported to have planned for their wedding. Now, besides all those separation rumors, they are going strong at the moment.
Josh is also not free from relationship rumors. He and American fashion model Christie Brinkley was seen together in September 2015 and news broke out that they are seeing each other.
Josh has been earning a lucrative amount of salary and monetary benefit with his successful career. As of 2018, John Mellencamp' net worth is estimated to be $25 million.