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Real-Life Celebrity Breakup: Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid

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Dennis Quaid recently got engaged to 26-year-old Laura Savoie and Meg Ryan just split from ex-fiancé John Mellencamp, but we’ll never forget the nearly 15 years these two A-List stars spent together.

Not only was their relationship one of the most public Hollywood romances in the ‘90s, but their breakup was also a media firestorm. From how the couple first met to their eventual split, find out more about this once-great celebrity romance.

How Did Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid Meet?

Ryan and Quaid first met while they were filming the 1987 sci-fi movie Innerspace. Quaid played the character of Lt. Tuck Pendleton, while Ryan played the character of Lydia Maxwell. Though this is where they met, they did not start a relationship right away.

Relationship Official
It wasn’t until they starred in the 1988 film D.O.A. together that the two began their romance. Quaid played Professor Dexter Cornell and Ryan played Sydney Fuller. The pair fell in love on the set and decided to go public with their relationship. At the time, he was the bigger star, but that dynamic wouldn’t remain and Quaid has admitted that was tough for him.

After about two years of dating, Quaid and Ryan chose the most romantic day of the year to marry — Valentine’s Day in 1991. Despite being the stars in a huge celebrity romance, these two were able to keep the details of their wedding fairly private.

Starting a Family

Just a little over a year after getting married, they welcomed their first child together. Their son Jack was born on April 24, 1992. He has followed in his parents’ footsteps and is an actor himself, having appeared in films such as The Hunger Games and Logan Lucky.

Parting Ways
Ryan and Quaid announced their separation on June 28, 2000, though they had privately been separated for weeks by that point. Their divorce was then finalized on July 16, 2001. Rumors were swirling that their split had to do with Ryan’s reported relationship with her Proof of Life co-star Russell Crowe, which she has denied, while Quaid was also accused of repeatedly cheating on his wife. The two remain on friendly terms.

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