Priscilla Esterline- Late ex-wife of John Mellencamp

Who is Priscilla Esterline?

Priscilla Esterline came into the limelight after marrying American musician, singer-songwriter, painter, and actor John Mellencamp, in 1970.

She is the first wife of John. Priscilla married John before he became famous. However, they divorced after decade long marriage in 1981.

Unfortunately, she died on September 8, 2012, at 57, in Adrian, Michigan. The cause of death is not yet confirmed.

Read more to learn about the late ex-wife of John Mellencamp, Priscilla Esterline.

Priscilla Esterline bio, relationships, career and net worth
Priscilla Esterline biography

Quick facts

Full NamePriscilla Esterline Mellencamp
BirthdateNovember 1, 1954
Age68 years old)
DeathSeptember 8, 2012
Cause of deathUnknown
Sun signScorpio
TraitsPositive: passionate, ambitious, assertive, loyal 
Negative: stubborn, vindictive, intense
BirthplaceAdrian (Earlier known as Tecumseh), Michigan, USA
Currently residingAdrian, Michigan, USA
ParentsArvilla Covell Cregar (mother)
Lavern Cregar (father)
Marital statusDivorced
SpouseJohn Mellencamp (ex-husband)
ChildrenMichelle Mellencamp
Net worthUnknown
Social mediaNone

Early life

Priscilla Esterline’s old age photo

On November 1, 1954, Priscilla Esterline was born in Tecumseh, Michigan, USA, to Arvilla Covell Cregar and Lavern Cregar.

Priscilla is an English name adopted from the Latin Prisca. It means venerable, ancient, or primordial.

Her sun sign is Scorpio. Women of her zodiac sign are protective, strong, and quiet. The Scorpio women are incredibly private, and only a few people will get near her.

Priscilla met John Mellencamp when they were young. John was still an artist looking for opportunities.

Priscilla Esterline dated John for a while before getting married in 1970.

The couple had a daughter with him, Michelle Mellencamp.


Priscilla eloped with John Mellencamp and got married in 1970 in Seymour, Indiana. But then, John was only 19, whereas Priscilla was 21. 

Priscilla became pregnant in the same year she was married. The couple gave birth to a beautiful daughter Michelle Mellencamp on December 4, 1970.

However, in 1981, the duo filed for divorce after eleven years of marriage. The reason for the divorce is suspected of either John’s alleged affairs or personal differences.

Soon after their divorce John Mellencamp married Victoria Granucci in 1981.

After their divorce, she did not marry anyone, whereas John Mellencamp married Victoria Granucci in 1981.

John Mellencamp (ex-husband)

On October 7, 1951, John Mellencamp was born in Seymour, Indiana.

Mellencamp survived a pioneering neonatal surgery to correct a spinal defect. It is the type of surgery performed in critically ill newborn babies after being out of the womb.

Instead of paying much compassion to his academics, he loved to hang out with his buddies.

Priscilla Esterline’s husband had no interest in academics. A free spirit, he enjoyed hanging out with friends. Although his father wanted him to pursue athletics, his goal was to become a rock star.

In his teens, he was a member of a rock band.

John began his musical career in 1970. His top 10 singles are “Hurts So Good,” “Jack & Diane,” “Crumblin’ Down,” “Pink Houses,” “Lonely Ol’ Night,” “Small Town,” “ROCK in the USA,” “Paper in Fire,” and “Cherry Bomb.”

He received 13 Grammy nominations, including one for Best Male Rock Performer for “Hurts so Good.” John has sold over 40 million albums and over USD 30 million.

Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, James Brown, and the Rolling Stones are John’s most prominent musical influences. On April 28, 2017, he released an album of original songs, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies.

In 1992, the star made his acting and directorial debut in Falling, a drama film.

Other relationships of John Mellencamp

After a decade-long relationship with Priscilla, John married Victoria Granucci in 1981. He has two children from her marriage, Justice Mellencamp (1985) and Teddi Jo Mellencamp (1981).

Victoria divorced him in 1989 due to John’s extramarital affairs.

John married the model Ellaine Irwin on September 5, 1992. He has two sons, Hed Mellencamp and Speck Mellencamp from her. 

After eighteen years of marriage, the couple filed a divorce on December 30, 2010, due to personal differences.

After ending eighteen years of relationship with beautiful Model Ellaine Irwin, the singer dated an American Actress and Producer, Meg Ryan. 

Ryan announced her engagement with John in 2018 through Instagram.

However, the duo stayed in an on-and-off relationship and finally broke up in 2019. 

Meg found the relationship too exhausting.

After the nasty breakup with his long-time girlfriend Ryan, John fell in love with supermodel Christie Brinkley for about one year.

The 1980s heartthrob met celebrity beauty expert Nurse Jamie Sherrill and fell in love with her. According to the sources, the couple is set to tie the knot once things get back to normal.

Sherrill runs a costly skincare clinic in Santa Monica. She is also set to run her own Netflix show, “Skin Decision: Before and After.” The show will premiere on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

John Mellencamp has banned his former fiancé Meg Ryan from his wedding with celebrity skin expert Jamie because of their nasty breakup.

Michelle Mellencamp (daughter)

Priscilla with her family

Priscilla and John Mellencamp’s firstborn, Michelle, was born on December 4, 1970. She was born when her musician father, John Mellencamp, was only 19 years old. 

Michelle was pregnant when she was only 18 years old. She gave birth to a daughter, Elexis Susan Peach.

It made Priscilla and John’s grandparents at a very young age.

Michelle is still close to her father. However, Michelle likes staying away from the show business.

You can find her on Instagram as @michellemellencamp14


When she and John were married, Priscilla was primarily a housewife. Following her divorce, there is no information about her jobs or ventures.

The net worth of Priscilla Esterline

The exact amount of Priscilla Esterline’s net worth is unknown; however, being an ex-wife of a famous musician like John Mellencamp must have earned her a hefty amount of divorce settlement. 

We can guess that Priscilla Esterline has a net worth of $100k to $1 million.

Social media

Priscila Esterlins might have had a social media platform when she was alive; however, our research shows none exists now. Also, It could have been that her social media accounts might have been deactivated or completely shut down by her near and dear ones.

However, Priscilla’s E\ex-husband, John Mellencamp, is very active on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

The singer has 79.5k followers on his official Instagram and 1.1M followers on his Facebook account. You can see the whereabouts of his life through his Instagram.


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