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?
Her protestations about the term “gold digger” aside, the point may have been to live in a castle with a multi-millionaire rocker instead of your mom’s council estate—where Ivanova is now. Despite the forced return to no-frills living, “[sitting] at home, [lighting] scented candles, [watching] TV, and [ordering] clothes on the internet” with the aging troublemaker has apparently lost its appeal. Will this drama be the wake up call he needs, or will Wood’s descent continue? And will we ever hear from Ekaterina again now that they’re over?
Rolling Stone Ron Wood was arrested outside his home in Esher, England last night for allegedly assaulting Ekaterina Ivanova, his 20-year-old girlfriend. A rep for the Stones confirmed the arrest, but would not discuss the charges. His arrest comes only a month after the finalization of the guitarist’s divorce from Jo Wood, his wife of 24 years. The pair split last year after Wood followed a stint in rehab by hooking up with the then-teenaged barmaid (he’s been back since). The rocker is out on bail until “further inquiries” are made into the incident, with a court date set later this month.
Ronnie Wood is now free to marry as many teenage Russian cocktail waitresses as he likes! The Rolling Stone has been divorced by his long-suffering wife Jo, after running off with Ekaterina Ivanova last summer.
Since then, Jo’s developed a new lease of life, becoming a regular on the London party scene and appearing on “Strictly Come Dancing”. Ronnie, meanwhile, has had drunken public rows with his new girlfriend and looked like an old man out walking with his granddaughter. Shiver.
Ekaterina Ivanova is tired of people thinking she’s a gold-digging homewrecker. Yes, she’s been having an affair with Ron Wood, a married Rolling Stone more than three times her age. But she’s not in it for the money, as she explained to the Daily Mail.
I’d have to be a really sick and twisted person to go through what I went through for money – money that I obviously haven’t got. It’s not like I’m walking around in Louis Vuitton. I’m not materialistic. I find it quite fun not to have money.
You’d think dating a sextegenarian worth $200 million would get in the way of that fun, but that’s just not the case. “He makes me happy; he’s funny. We’re like Lego that just clicks together.” So why did he have to check into rehab a week after they hooked up? Don’t ask Ivanova—she didn’t even realize he was an alcoholic! “[He] wasn’t violent or shouty,” says the former cocktail waitress. That’s right, Ekaterina. 61-year-old men who drink two bottles of vodka a day aren’t alcoholics unless they yell. Sounds like you’re just the gal to keep him on the straight and narrow.
Nowadays the Rolling Stones look like something out of The Nightmare Before Christmas. In 1967, though, the “Gimme Shelter” rockers were Public Enemy No. One, thanks to their affinity for sex and drugs. It was only a matter of time before the cops came knocking. Following a tip-off from the tabloid press, 20 police officers raided Keith Richards‘ Redlands estate in England. Richards and Mick Jagger were charged with possession of LSD and other narcotics, but the raid became legendary for a candy bar involving singer Marianne Faithful.
Cops on the scene swore they interrupted Jagger eating a Mars Bar wedged into his girlfriend’s holiest of holies before hauling him away for possession. “A cop’s idea of what people do on acid!” sniffed Faithfull, denying all in her autobiography. Even so, the story remains one of rock’s most celebrated myths. — Charles Bottomley
Having the Hell’s Angels handle your security is like having Michael Jackson watch your kids – you just know it’ll end badly. In support of their prophetically named 1969 album Let It Bleed, the Rolling Stones snorted and screwed their way across Woodstock era-America before deciding to play a free concert in California. Little did they know the show would climax with the death of a young fan.
Without a venue, the band settled on Altamont, an abandoned speedway, and 400,000 fans showed in just two days. The Angels, allegedly hired for $500 worth of beer, punched Jefferson Airplane lead singer Marty Balin in the face, lobbed beer cans at people’s heads (concussion time!), and used lead-filled pool cues to shove and prod the crowd. But this abuse wasn’t the worst of it.
By happenstance, the tumultuous scene was captured by filmmakers the Maysles Brothers, who were shooting a concert documentary (Gimme Shelter). In the chilling footage (initially savaged by critics as a glorified snuff film), Jagger implores the Angels to treat the audience with more respect, then distractedly mumbles through “Under My Thumb” as the Angels murder Meredith Hunter, an 18-year-old man who had brandished a gun. Goodbye peace and love.