The May-December romance between Rolling Stone Ron Wood and Ekaterina Ivanova appears to be over following his arrest for assault earlier this month. Now the 20-year-old Russian barmaid is telling her side of the story to Hello! Magazine, and it’s not a pretty one. “The whole thing started off like a fairy tale. But then it felt like an evil fairy tale, when Ronnie and I moved into a tower, my friends were laughing and saying I was like the princess trapped in the tower. He went all Jekyll and Hyde. I’d be trapped there with an evil Goblin King.” While admitting their relationship began on a boozer, Ivanova claims she eventually grew tired of the rehab veteran.
I just don’t think he could handle [drinking] so well. Even if he wasn’t nasty, he would start repeating the same jokes and I found them really irritating. When we first met, I drank a lot but then I just couldn’t keep up. He would sit there and drink and I wouldn’t feel the need to. I would say, “You can carry on drinking, but all you are doing is pushing me away.” We would have the best nights out, then I would know when to stop and he wouldn’t. You need to be really strong to live with someone like that. I am strong but I can’t be bothered. I grew out of him. I just thought, what’s the point of being with an older man if he acts about 12?