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John Mellencamp divorced, free to date Meg Ryan

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

John Mellencamp divorce final

John Mellencamp is officially divorced and free to live in little pink houses with girlfriend Meg Ryan.

John Mellencamp Meg Ryan

It's official: rocker John Mellencamp and model Elaine Irwin have finalized their divorce.

This is good news for Meg Ryan. Already suffering from a badly sullied reputation after being busted cheating on Dennis Quaid with Russell Crowe, she was being blamed for being the other woman in this split. Now she can hold her head high while stepping out with a man who is truly single, both in word and deed.

The divorce -- Mellencamp's third -- was finalized on August 12 and the couple managed to negotiate "an amicable settlement of all issues involving property and maintenance rights, the custody and support of their children, and all other issues," according to court docs.

Mellencamp and Irwin will share joint legal custody of sons Hud and Speck, with Irwin maintaining primary physical custody.

Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp have been spotted in New York, Martha's Vineyard and his home base of Bloomington, Indiana since immediately after the split was announced last winter. Irwin has since been tied to Russell Simmons and media mogul Jay Penske, son of multi-millionaire Roger Penske.

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