After just one year of dating, Christie Brinkley and John Mellencamp have called it quits. Signs point to their hectic schedules and constant traveling as the reason for the split.
A rep confirmed the split to People while swearing the two have agreed to stay friends. "Both the mileage between their homes and their heavy career demands interfered with their ability to maintain the relationship," says the insider. "They vowed to remain best of friends."
A closer look shows that the couple had perhaps never taken their relationship to the next level. Brinkley told People last year that the two were keeping things casual and just enjoying "being the same age," as opposed to the younger women that rock stars like Mellencamp often date. "You never really know what's going to happen," she said. "John and I are two people that have very full lives. We're just trying to enjoy each other when we can see each other and try not to put too much [pressure] on it."
It's no surprise the two were taking things slow. Mellencamp would have been the fifth Mr. Brinkley, after her husbands Peter Cook, Richard Taubman, Billy Joel and Jean-François Allaux. She remains friends with Joel, who laughed about her relationship with his musical colleague onstage at a recent concert. Mellencamp has also been married three times and notably dated Meg Ryan for years. With shoes like that to fill, it's going to be tough for either of these superstars to find love — but we have a feeling they'll keep trying.
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