Has renowned crankypants John Mellencamp tapped into his sentimental side for new love Meg Ryan? People mag reports the actress was recently spied sporting a gold band on her ring finger (see photo at left) while watching the ornery rocker belt out Heartland-themed tunes during a Toronto concert. While their respective reps are mum about swirling engagement speculation, Star claims the bauble now decorating Meg's finger belonged to John's grandmother.
"They are happily telling friends they are 'pre-engaged,'" says a source. "John's had a crush on Meg for years, so this is a fantasy come true for him. ... They're trying to be hush-hush for now, but there's no way they can hide the intensity of their relationship."
Mellencamp announced his split from model wife Elaine Irwin in December after two decades together, and she was recently seen looking cozy with music mogul Russell Simmons.