Sometimes exes just can't be friends. John Mellencamp, 65, told Howard Stern yesterday that his ex Meg Ryan, 55, pretty much detests him. Mellencamp spills: “I loved Meg Ryan. She hates me to death.” But, why? “I think it’s because I’m a child. I throw fits, I gripe, I complain. I’m moody. Every bad thing that a fella can be, that’s me.” Well, if you put it like that... Ryan and Mellencamp split in August of 2014 after three years of dating.
More from his chat with Howard Stern. John Mellencamp revealed that he quit recording for Columbia Records after the label's then-president allegedly used the n-word. Mellencamp recorded three albums -- John Mellencamp, Cuttin' Heads, and Trouble No More -- for the label between 1998 and 2003, after a long stint recording for Mercury.
Mellencamp recalled the moment that made him get out of his contract, telling Howard Stern on his radio show, "I'm gonna tell you a story Howard that I don't think I've ever told anywhere. I was on Columbia Records and I made a record called 'Peaceful World' (with India.Arie.) And it was climbing up the charts, it was right before 9/11. And my manager went in and was talking to the record company and the president of the record company -- who I won't mention his name but you could probably figure it out -- said, 'I don't know why Mellencamp insists on having these (n-words) singing with him. It makes it impossible to get him (on radio).'" He went on to say: "And don't forget, all of Columbia was making their money off of rap at the time and hip-hop. And here was this guy using that word. . . My next call was to (lawyer) Allen Grubman and I just said, 'get me off this label. . . now.'"