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Engaged John Mellencamp knows he's 'not the easiest' to get along with
Rocker John Mellencamp is well aware how lucky he is to have reconciled with his new fiancee Meg Ryan, because he's "not the easiest guy to get along with".
The Jack & Diane singer initially dated Meg for three years until 2014, but the relationship didn't end well, and early last year (17), John accepted that he was largely to blame.
"Oh, women hate me. I loved Meg Ryan. She hates me to death," he told U.S. shockjock Howard Stern. "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."
Despite his comments, he managed to reconcile with the When Harry Met Sally star months later, and in early November (18), she announced they were engaged in a post on Instagram.
Now John has given fans a little insight into the reason behind his decision to marry for the fourth time.
"One can well imagine I'm probably not the easiest guy to get along with, so let's leave it at that!" he smirked on U.S. breakfast show Today when asked about taking the plunge.
He also shared a rare comment about one of the things he loves most about the actress.
"I'm engaged, at 67, to a very funny woman - funniest woman I ever met," John said.
The musician has even relocated from his base in Indiana to set up home with the actress, 57, in her New York City apartment, but he's since had to purchase a studio of his own so he can have space to pursue his love of painting.
"Meg lives here in New York so there's no place to paint where she lives, so I bought this place to paint," he explained.
"I live an artist's life; every day I have to make something...," he added. "I been painting my whole life (sic)... It puts you in a place where you're totally focused on something. I can paint for eight, 10, 12 hours every day."
It's not known when the couple plans to tie the knot, but Meg is also no stranger to married life - she previously wed actor Dennis Quaid, the father of her 26-year-old son Jack. They divorced in 2001 after a 10-year union.
Janet Jackson and Stevie Nicks lead 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees
Janet Jackson and Stevie Nicks are among the music legends who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year (19).
The Together Again hitmaker, 52, will join her brothers Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon, Michael, and Tito who were inducted in 1997 as The Jackson 5. Stevie is already a member with her band Fleetwood Mac, but will now be an inductee in her own right.
After hearing the news, Janet told Rolling Stone magazine: "Thank you Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I am truly honored and I am happy to be in there with my brothers."
Michael was also inducted as a solo artist in 2001.
The Rumours singer, 70, said she was delighted to be recognised for her solo work as well as for fronting Fleetwood Mac.
"I have a lot to say about this," she explained in a statement, "but I will save those words for later. For now I will just say, I have been in a band since 1968. To be recognized for my solo work makes me take a deep breath and smile. It's a glorious feeling."
Stevie is now the only woman to enter the Hall of Fame on two occasions.
The other acts joining them at the induction ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in March are British bands Radiohead, Def Leppard, The Cure, Roxy Music, and The Zombies.
Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first album or single. Kraftwerk, Todd Rundgren, Rage Against the Machine, Rufus & Chaka Khan, and LL Cool J were all nominated for 2019 but were not picked by music icons and experts.
Def Leppard rocker Joe Elliott, whose group topped a fan vote ahead of the selection, said: "How wonderful to be in the same club as the Rolling Stones and the Beatles and The Who and Queen...It's a nice badge of honour."
New Hall of Fame members are asked to perform at their induction ceremony.
Tommy Lee reunites with son
Rocker Tommy Lee and his son Brandon have repaired their relationship following a very public bust-up earlier this year (18).
The father and son had a massive falling out after getting into a physical fight with each other in March (18) and in June, Tommy reignited the feud by sharing an Instagram post on Father's Day (17Jun18), admitting that being a dad "ain't easy".
"Sometimes I feel like I failed as a father, because my kids don't know the value of things," he wrote, referencing his boys with ex-wife Pamela Anderson. "If they break something, they don't care because they know they'll just get a new one, if they hurt someone, they don't care because so many people tell them it's OK. I never wanted this for my kids..."
Brandon responded by uploading a video of Tommy apparently unconscious during the altercation.
However, it seems the pair have put their differences aside for the holidays at least, and are now on speaking terms again. On Thursday (13Dec18), the rocker posted a picture of himself and Brandon hugging on Instagram.
"I love you son @brandonThomasLee," he wrote.
Brandon also shared a short video of himself in the studio with his father on social media.
At the time of Tommy's fight with Brandon, it was reported that they'd fallen out over comments the rock star made about his ex, Brandon's mum, after she opened up about their allegedly violent marriage on Piers Morgan's Life Stories TV show in the U.K.
In the wake of the punch-up, Pamela issued a statement addressing her 56-year-old ex's behaviour, alleging he suffers from "the disease of alcoholism", a claim he denies.
Bohemian Rhapsody becomes highest-grossing music biopic in history
Bohemian Rhapsody has set a new box office record as the highest-grossing music biopic in global history after rocking past the $600 million (£477 million) mark.
The film chronicles the rise of iconic British band Queen and stars Rami Malek as late frontman Freddie Mercury, and although the project opened to mixed reviews in late October (18), fans have continued to flock to check out the movie.
By the end of Wednesday (12Dec18), ticket sales in North America had totaled $175.7 million (£140 million), helping Bohemian Rhapsody snatch the domestic title from N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, which grossed $161 million (£128 million) following its launch in 2015.
Straight Outta Compton had also been the global record holder with $202 million (£161 million), but the honour of highest-grossing music biopic now belongs to Bohemian Rhapsody, with a worldwide take of $608.7 million (£484.2 million) and counting, reports Deadline.com.
The news emerges as the cast and crew celebrate double nominations for the 2019 Golden Globe Awards, with the film shortlisted for the Best Motion Picture - Drama accolade, while Malek has picked up a nod for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama.
It is also up for two prizes at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards, where the film has earned an Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture nomination, and Malek will compete for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role.
Meanwhile, the movie musical's popularity has given Queen's song of the same name a massive streaming boost, and on Monday (10Dec18), it was revealed the operatic rock masterpiece, which was originally released in 1975, had become the most-streamed song released in the 20th century.
The track had been played by fans more than 1.6 billion times around the world, overtaking other classic rock hits, including Nirvana's grunge classic Smells Like Teen Spirit, and Guns N' Roses' 1988 hit Sweet Child o' Mine to take the crown.
Paul McCartney's London home raided by thieves
Paul McCartney's London home was raided by thieves days before his recent homecoming gig in Liverpool, England.
Police officers were called to the Beatles rocker's property in leafy St John's Wood last Friday evening (07Dec18) after a report of a break-in, a Metropolitan Police spokesperson tells WENN. It is not clear if Paul or his wife Nancy Shevell were at home at the time of the incident.
"Officers attended and identified signs of forced entry to the premises," the Met official explains. "No arrest has been made. Enquiries continue."
Detailing the incident, a neighbour told Britain's Daily Mail newspaper: "There were blue flashing lights and police everywhere - four or five cars. All the lights were on in the house. The police were all over it."
The Love Me Do hitmaker returned to his native U.K. this week for the home leg of his Freshen Up tour to perform at Liverpool's Echo Arena on Wednesday. He plays the last of three U.K. dates at London's O2 Arena on Sunday. He made no mention of the incident on stage at his hometown gig.
The 76-year-old has previously expressed concern over his security at the St John's Wood pad - and reportedly had his home removed from Google Street View in 2009.
It is not the first time a member of the iconic Liverpool band has been the victim of a burglary; the late George Harrison was stabbed several times by a knife-wielding intruder during a break-in at his Oxfordshire, England mansion in 1999. George passed away in 2001 after a battle with cancer.
Paul's security scare came almost exactly 38 years to the day since his bandmate John Lennon was murdered outside his home in New York's The Dakota apartment building. John passed away on 8 December 1980 after he was shot four times in the chest by Mark Chapman.