MEG RYAN & JOHN MEL­LEN­CAMP

THE ON-AND-OFF DUO ARE BACK ON — AND SPEND­ING MORE TIME TO­GETHER THAN EVER

Closer Weekly - - Front Page - — Ron Kelly, with re­port­ing by Ja­clyn Roth

Af­ter their rough 2014 split, the on/off cou­ple are back to­gether and bliss­fully in love.

John Mel­len­camp sweetly grabbed Meg Ryan’s hand upon ex­it­ing her New York City apart­ment on Sept. 15 as they headed to a cozy lunch at nearby Café Al­tro Par­adiso. “They were hug­ging, mak­ing each other laugh,” a source tells Closer of the ro­man­tic stroll. “They looked so happy — like they were a new cou­ple!”

With two breakups be­hind them, John and Meg’s lat­est reunion has many won­der­ing if their third shot at love will be the charm. “John’s putting a lot of ef­fort into mak­ing it last this time. He doesn’t want to blow it again,” a friend of the rocker (who split with su­per­model-turned-en­tre­pre­neur Christie Brink­ley in Au­gust 2016) tells Closer. “Christie’s as sweet as can be, but she’s all about busi­ness,” the friend adds. “As good a time as he had with her, John feels like Meg un­der­stands his artist soul more. Meg feels like home to his heart.”

Through­out his year with Christie, “Meg was never far from John’s mind,” an in­sider tells Closer, not­ing that John, 65, wanted a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion all along. As for the 55-yearold Sleep­less in Seat­tle ac­tress? “She’s re-en­ter­ing the re­la­tion­ship with re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions. So far, so good,” the in­sider as­sures. “Meg’s as happy as I’ve seen her in years!”

FIND­ING THEIR GROOVE

John’s open­ness to spend­ing more time in NYC has some­thing to do with Meg’s smit­ten mood. “John is a real road war­rior, but he couldn’t get his sum­mer tour done fast enough,” his friend says. Since it wrapped on Sept. 3, he’s been pretty much glued to Meg’s side in the Big Ap­ple, where her daugh­ter, Daisy, 12, is back in school. (Jack, Meg’s son with Den­nis Quaid, is 25.)

“The al­lure of stay­ing in New York with Meg is pretty strong,” the friend says of John, a dad of five whose home base is in In­di­ana. “It shows how he’s changed. He’s even waf­fling about hit­ting the road next sum­mer.”

Though their friends say wed­ding bells aren’t ex­pected any­time soon, it’s not for a lack of de­sire on John’s part. “I think he’d marry Meg to­mor­row if she’d agree,” the in­sider says, “but they’re not putting any un­due pres­sures on each other right now.”

In­stead, they’re just en­joy­ing each mo­ment they get to share with each other. “He’s world-class,” Meg raves of John, and she’s one of his big­gest fans. “He’s got some kind of magic touch.”

John’s feel­ings for Meg are just as strong. “She’s a beau­ti­ful girl and I know I’ll never, ever, ever be with a fun­nier woman,” he gushes. “She was just an an­gel sent to me at the right time.”

“Life is so good with her in it,” Meg says of daugh­ter Daisy, who re­cently went back to school in New York.

“Of course it hurt

Meg to see him with another girl,” an in­sider tells Closer of John’s year­long re­la­tion­ship with Christie Brink­ley.

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