Victoria Granucci is best known as the ex-wife of American singer John Mellencamp, but she likes to keep a low profile and doesn’t appear much in public. But I’m sure you’re all curious about her whereabouts. Come on, let’s see what she’s doing now.
Early life and family
Victoria Granucci was born on November 26, 1958 in the USA, so holds an American nationality, belongs to white ethnicity and her astrological sign is Sagittarius. She has kept her personal life a secret that is why no information is available about her family, early life and education. All we know for sure is that Victoria graduated from high school in her neighborhood. After which she joined the entertainment industry.
At a very young age, Victoria had developed a deep interest in the entertainment world.
She participated in various shows and movies. Some of the projects Granucci appeared in are ‘Happy Days’, ‘Chips’, ‘Fantasy Island’, ‘Charlie’s Angels’, ‘Love Boat’ and ‘Grease’ etc. However, what really made Victoria famous was she and John Mellencamp’s appearing in the “Jack and Diane” video.
Personal life, ex-husband John Mellencamp
Before meeting Victoria, John Mellencamp was married to Priscilla Esterline. He first saw Granucci’s photo at a friend’s house and insisted on meeting her. The pair immediately hit it off and began dating. In 1981, Mellencamp divorced Esterline, after which he married Victoria, and on July 1, 1981, Granucci gave birth to their daughter named Teddi Jo Mellencamp. In 1985, the couple welcomed their second child Justice Mellencamp, after which Victoria took on the responsibility of raising the two children while John was busy with his tours.
However, the couple divorced in 1989, apparently the reason was Mellencamp’s infidelity. After her divorce, Victoria moved to South Carolina, but Granucci and Mellencamp remained friends despite their divorce.
Who is John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp is a singer, songwriter and actor; he belongs to German descent. Mellencamp is best known for his backwoods rock style focusing on traditional instruments. He rose to fame in the 1980s, had launched ten hit singles by 1982, some titled “Hurt So Good”, “Jack and Diane”, “Crumblin’ Down”, “Cherry Bomb” and “Pink House”, etc. – founded the Agricultural aid organization. The aim was to highlight the problems of the farmers and raise money for them. A concert was held for this in 1985 in Champaign, Illinois. Since then, the Farm Aid concerts have become an annual event, raising more than $57 million.
Early life and family
John Mellencamp was born on October 7, 1951 in Seymour, Indiana, USA, to Richard and Marilyn Mellencamp; his father was the vice president of Robert Electric. During his childhood, John underwent spina bifida surgery. He grew up in a very strict environment along with his two siblings. Richard Mellencamp wanted his son to be proficient in both academic and athletic fields, but John was more interested in music and never lived up to his father’s expectations.
At the age of 14, Mellencamp created a band called Crepe Soul, and later played in several other groups such as Trash, Snakepit Banana Barn, and the Mason Brothers. His inspirations were Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, James Brown and The Rolling Stones. In 1972 he entered Vincennes University but started drinking and doing drugs but somehow managed to graduate after which he apparently gave up the drugs/alcohol and started his musical journey.
Initially, John Mellencamp worked as a telephone installer, but later moved to New York where he met Tony DeFries – he was the first person to recognize Mellencamp’s talent. In 1976, John released his first album under the name Johnny Cougar entitled “Chestnut Street Incident.” The reason behind the name change was that Tony DeFries felt that the Mellencamp surname would negatively impact album sales. However, despite the switch, John’s first album failed miserably. In 1977, he parted ways with Tony and joined Riva Records, going on to release several albums, eventually succeeding with “I Need A Lover”, which became a hit in Australia and received positive feedback in the US as well.
His next album was called “Scarecrow”, launched in 1985, had a patriotic atmosphere and topped the US charts.
— John Mellencamp (@johnmellencamp) March 20, 2020
In addition, three songs from this album namely ‘ROCK in the USA’, ‘Lonely Ol’ Night’ and ‘Small Town’ entered the top 10 charts. Mellencamp grew up in the countryside, the traces of which were also felt in his songs; in 1987 he released “Lonesome Jubilee”, distributed in more than 10 different countries, a tribute to his uncle, who had passed away from cancer. In 1994 Mellencamp suffered a mild heart attack, but drew inspiration from it and launched the “Mr. ‘Happy Go Lucky’ album, which reflected his feelings about death. He later released six more albums, the last in 2014.
Mellencamp has also appeared in several films such as “Falling from Grace (1992)”, “After Image (2001)”, “Lone Star State of Mind (2002)”, and “Madison (2005)”.
He was also offered a role in the movie “Idolmaker”; However, John turned it down and also refused to take part in “Thelma and Louise”, apparently because he was not comfortable taking his shirt off. In 2007, Mellencamp appeared on the TV series “At the Movies” as a guest critic.
Awards and prizes
Over the years, John Mellencamp has won several awards such as Grammy Award (1983), Robbins Silver Clef Award (1991), Billboard Century Award (2001) and Woody Guthrie Award (2003), etc. On October 6, 2008, he received the Classic Songwriter Award, and in the same year Mellencamp was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. On September 9, 2010, he received the Americana Lifetime Achievement Award in Nashville. In 2012, John received the John Steinbeck Award. On April 27, 2016, he won the prestigious Founders Award at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles. In 2019, Mellencamp received the ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award.
John Mellencamp developed a deep interest in painting at a very young age. His mother probably influenced him, as Marilyn loved to paint flowers and landscapes. After John’s music career took off, he did not have much time for visual arts, but he did not stop his interest in painting and continued to experiment with different techniques. In 1988 he entered the Art Student League, where he was taught by David Leffel. John also attended Herron School of Art and Design, located in Indianapolis, where he studied with Jan Royce. Mellencamp’s painting style was heavily influenced by Chaim Soutine, Walt Kuhn, Otto Dix and Max Beckmann, but he eventually developed his unique portrait technique, which some critics say is comparable to German expressionists. He held his first exhibition on April 12, 2012 at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, titled “Nothing Like I Planned,” to much positive response.
The second showing was a major one, held November 3, 2013 at the Butler Institute of American Art, and was dubbed “The Paintings of John Mellencamp.”
His next exhibition, the “American Dreams”, was held in Georgia on January 11, 2015 at the Morris Museum of Art, and another exhibition “John Mellencamp: The Isolation of Mister” was hosted on October 22, 2015 in New York City at ACA Galleries. . His latest exhibition was titled “Life, Death, Love, and Freedom” and was also held at ACA Galleries on April 26, 2018. John Mellencamp’s works are also exhibited at the Herron School of Art and Design; his works are loved, and even Dough McClemont, in one Art space review, stated that “Mellencamp paints finely grotesque portraits in oils that are every bit as solemn and thrilling as his hit songs.”
Marriages and children
In 1970, John Mellencamp and his girlfriend Priscilla Esterline tied the knot. However, their marriage ended in 1981, after which he married Victoria Granucci, and their marriage lasted until 1989. On September 5, 1992, John and Elaine Irwin got married, but after 18 years, they divorced on August 12, 2011. After this, Mellencamp began dating actress Meg . However, Ryan ended their relationship in 2014.
In 2015, it was reported that John and Christie Brinkley had started dating, but they broke up in 2016, after which Meg Ryan and Mellencamp reunited, got engaged in 2018, but their relationship came to an end a year later. So far, John Mellencamp has fathered five children, Michelle, Teddi Jo, Justice, Hud and Speck.
Teddi Jo Mellencamp
Teddi followed her parents’ footsteps and entered the entertainment industry, appearing in the 8e and 9e seasons of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”. In 2019, Teddi Jo participated in the movie “Next Level” in the role of Mrs. Stallings. Mellencamp’s first husband’s name is Matthew Rob. She is now married to Edwin Arroyave and met through an (alleged) one-night stand. The couple has three children – Teddi gave birth to Slate and Cruz, while Isabella is her stepdaughter. Both John Mellencamp and Victoria Granucci attended their daughter’s two weddings. She also runs a fitness coaching website called LA Workout Junkie.
Justice Mellencamp was born in 1985. At the age of four, she moved to the South Carolina area with her mother and sister and grew up in Sea Pines, where she attended Sea Pines Montessori and then graduated from Hilton Head Prep. Justice then enrolled at Indiana University, but after a year she took leave of college and returned home. Justice Mellencamp is currently married to her high school sweetheart Michael Moore. Friends since childhood, the couple began dating in high school and married on October 4, 2002. They have two children named Trent and DoDo Moore. Michael works at the Schembra Real Estate Group, while Justice is a hair stylist. They also have a dog named Lorelei.
Hud Mellencamp was born on April 27, 1994 to John Mellencamp and Elaine Irwi, so is currently 25 years old. During his high school years, Hud was an excellent boxer and won the Golden Glove twice. He was also a Junior Olympic champion. Hud attended Duke University and joined the football team, although he had never played football before college; he played as a wide receiver. In 2013, he and his brother Speck were arrested for fighting outside a bar.
Victoria Granucci is currently 60 years old. She is 1.67 m tall and weighs about 64 kg, and although her exact body stats are unknown, she has a slim figure. Her hair is blonde and her eyes are blue.
Victoria Granucci’s net worth is estimated to be over $1 million as of early 2020, but her daughter Teddi is reported to have a net worth of $12 millionand her ex-husband John Mellencamp’s is nearby $25 million. Justice Mellencamp has a net worth of $200,000.
What is Victoria Granucci currently doing
She is currently fulfilling the duties of a grandmother. In an interview, Victoria stated, “My daughters have wonderful children and have really given me a whole new outlook on life.” According to some sources, Granucci also works in a bar; however, this information is currently unverified. From time to time, Victoria and John meet. She also has a good relationship with Mellencamp’s extended family.