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Elaine Irwin Speaks Out About Split with John Mellencamp

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Elaine Irwin may be down, but she's not out.

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After separating from John Mellencamp after an 18-year marriage, the 41-year-old model and face of Almay is ready to move on.

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"The only thing certain in life is change itself," the mother of two told "Change is good, some would say it is our greatest teacher, and I am embracing it."

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Mellencamp, 59, filed divorce papers last week. Since the split was announced, Mellencamp has been quietly dating Meg Ryan.