Without a doubt, fame is something a majority of the global population desire. A lot of people associate fame with wealth and respect and there are plenty of people who desire both. However, for the people in the minority, fame in an unnecessary burden and some of them have had to go out of their way to avoid it. Like Victoria Granucci, ex-wife of the music legend, John Mellencamp.
Even in the minority of those who do not actively court fame, there are those who would embrace it if it fell into their lap but not Victoria Granucci. Although love and excitement drew her into the arms of the rock and roll legend, she has always found a way to detach herself from the resulting fame that came with being his wife, up till this day.
This is a fact that has made Victoria Granucci a pretty interesting woman, which has made us take a deep dive into who she is and her relationship with John. Read below.
Victoria Granucci Biography
Until her marriage to John Mellencamp, the iconic music legend who has produced albums like The Lonesome Jubilee and Scarecrow, Victoria Granucci was an unknown personality in the entertainment world, even though she worked in the industry before her marriage.
Victoria was born on the 26th of November, 1958. So far, that is the extent of information regarding the background of Victoria. Her parents’ and place of birth still remain unknown.
Victoria may have attended high school but we know she did not attend college. The former wife of the iconic singer worked as an extra on the set of films and music videos after her high school graduation. Some of the films and TV shows she worked on at the time as an extra included Happy Days, Fantasy Island, Charlie’s Angels, CHiPs, Love Boat, Grease and a couple more.
Her most notable appearance onscreen was her appearance alongside her husband, John Mellencamp in the famous music video of the song – Jack and Diane. The video brought Victoria a fair amount of fame across America and internationally.
Since her marital relationship with John ended, Victoria has retreated from public life with little to no information on her.
Relationship with John Mellencamp
Before John Mellencamp met Victoria Granucci, the music legend was married to Priscilla Esterline. Typical of entertainment personalities, however, particularly in rock and roll, John Mellencamp went on a blind date with Victoria while he was still married to his wife. On the blind fate, he met her for the first time.
Victoria Granucci was 23 years old when she met John Mellencamp, who was 30 years old at the time. John had first seen a picture of Victoria at a friend’s house, convincing the friend to invite Victoria out on a blind date with him. At the time, Victoria worked as an extra behind the scenes of music videos, including ones that involved John.
During their first meeting, Victoria and John hit it off and began a relationship that culminated into a marriage in 1981 – in the same year John divorced his first wife, Priscilla.
Victoria Granucci and John Mellencamp had their first child also in 1981. The child was named Teddi Jo Mellencamp, who was born on the 1st of July, 1981. Today, Teddi Jo is an actress who has appeared on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She is now married and has two children with her husband Edwin Arroyave. Her kids are – Cruz Arroyave and Slate Arroyave.
Victoria gave birth to their second child, Justice Mellencamp, another daughter in 1985. She became a stay at home mom and focused on raising their two children while John Mellencamp went on tours around the country. John’s tour responsibilities saw him commit the crime of infidelity which eventually led to the breakdown of their marriage.
The duo eventually got divorced in 1989 and Victoria, who had moved to Indiana along with John when they got married moved over to Hilton Head, South Carolina. Victoria Granucci completely gave up her job as an actress and withdrew from public life.
Although it would be understandable if the end of her relationship with John resulted in bad blood and hate on her part, Victoria Granucci has been able to maintain a cordial relationship with John and his extended family.
Other Facts About Her
- No longer an actress, Victoria Granucci works at a bar, specifically Reilly’s North End Pub.
- Although she got divorced at the age of 31, she never remarried.
- Though she has no real social presence, particularly as a celebrity, she has an online presence on Facebook.