Most unlikely '80s couple: John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan!

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Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp/Getty ImagesJohn "Don't call me Cougar" Mellencamp and Meg Ryan are Hollywood's newest celebrity couple. Just a couple American kids doing best they can.

The tabloids are going nuts over news that Mellencamp left his model wife two weeks ago and is now quietly dating the When Harry Met Sally star. Ryan, you might also remember, caused similar chaos a decade ago when she dumped hubby Dennis Quaid for Russell Crowe. But Meg and Johnny Cougar?

"The pair have spent time together on Martha's Vineyard and in New York City in recent days, enjoying a fresh romance just as Mellencamp has announced his separation from wife Elaine after 18 years of marriage," People magazine reports. "A source close to Ryan, 49, says the actress and the rock star, 59, began dating about seven weeks ago, and that Mellencamp and his wife had been separated for some time before that."

So much for any chance Meg had of regaining her "America's sweetheart" label.

"They are indeed dating," a source told Us Weekly.

Seriously, what's the attraction? They don't seem like the typical cute Hollywood couple.

Hollywoodlife.com says Ryan is "said to be collaborating with John on the musical Ghost Brothers of Darkling County." That seems appropriate. Bad publicity like this is bound to send her career into the afterlife.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 4:14pm]

    

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