Jagger quit heroin to be with me, reveals Hall in tell-all new book
Published 28/09/2010 | 05:00
Mick Jagger was a regular heroin user, according to Jerry Hall, who claims that she weaned the Rolling Stones singer off the drug.
While Keith Richards's heroin addiction is well-documented, Mick's reminiscences about the band's wild past have omitted mention of taking the drug himself.
In her new autobiography, Hall recalls the beginning of her affair with the star in 1977. She writes: "Mick had told me he took LSD every day for a year in the 60s.
"He also admitted he was smoking heroin. I was disgusted. I told him I couldn't see him if he took drugs, saying: 'Go away and don't come back until you're straight.' He succeeded -- he had amazing willpower."
At the time, Hall was engaged to Bryan Ferry, the lead singer with Roxy Music, and Mick was married to Bianca.
Hall said: "I knew he had a reputation as a womaniser and he was still married, even if he hadn't lived with Bianca for a year, but I was hopeful. I had got him to quit heroin -- I could get him to give up girls as well."
The couple went on to have four children and "married" in a ceremony in Bali in 1990, although Mick later claimed the ceremony was not legal.
In interviews, Mick (67) has appeared critical of Richards, the Stones guitarist who descended into heroin addiction.
"Anyone taking heroin is thinking about taking heroin more than they're thinking about anything else. That's the general rule about most drugs," he said.
Hall's claims, in her book 'Jerry Hall: My Life in Pictures', could throw fresh light on the infamous 1969 drugs raid at Mick's Chelsea home.
Scotland Yard officers claimed they found heroin and cannabis in the house in Cheyne Walk. However, Mick maintained that a police officer framed him by planting a white powder in a Cartier box then asked for a £1,000 bribe to drop the charge. He escaped with a £200 fine and a lesser conviction for cannabis possession.
In May, Mick made headlines by suggesting that drugs be legalised on the Isle of Man as an experiment, saying: "In England, they always try out new mobile phones in the Isle of Man.
"They've got a captive society. So . . . you should try the legalisation of all drugs on the Isle of Man and see what happens."
He declined to comment last night. (© Daily Telegraph, London)