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Singer John Cougar Mellencamp’s Wife Seeks Divorce

September 3, 1989 GMT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) _ Rocker singer John Cougar Mellencamp’s wife has filed for divorce after eight years of marriage and is seeking custody of their two young children.

Victoria L. Mellencamp, 30, of Bloomington, filed for divorce Aug. 18 in Monroe Superior Court. Her attorney, Andrew Mallor, confirmed the action by telephone Saturday but declined to discuss the case.

The couple has been separated since May 1988.

Victoria Mellencamp filed the petition four days after the birth of Mellencamp’s first grandchild, Elexis Suzanne Peach. The child’s mother, Michelle Peach, 18, is the daughter of the 37-year-old Mellencamp and his first wife, Priscilla.

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Victoria Mellencamp is seeking custody of the couple’s two children, Teddi Joe, 8, and Justice, 4, and child support.

A Mellencamp spokesman said the divorce is a personal matter and he did not expect the singer to comment publicly. Mellencamp has spent much of the summer at his 58-acre compound east of Bloomington pursuing his hobby of oil painting.