Ronnie Wood's pregnant wife Sally: 'Stop criticising him for having children at 68'
The wife of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has hit back at people who criticise him for planning to have children at the age of 68.
Sally Wood, 38 is expecting twin girls with the ageing rocker in less than two weeks and has defended their decision to have children together, despite their 30-year age gap.
“I do accept this is a shock to some people and ridiculous to others, but these children are loved,” she said. “There are other children being born to younger people who aren’t loved. Which do you prefer?”
Mrs Wood, an actress and television producer, is particularly scathing about comments on the daytime TV programme Loose Women by the former glamour model Katie Price, who accused the couple of being selfish.
She said: “I had the telly on in the background and heard them say ‘Is it selfish for men to have children later on in life?” I thought, “That has got to be about us.” Then I heard Katie Price laying into us both.
“I was really surprised to see someone I don’t know and have never thought badly of, who gets so much negativity directed at her, be so judgmental about someone she’s never met. It was a cheap shot.”
"I’m joining the ranks of Picasso, Robert De Niro and Charlie Chaplin who all had babies at 68. I don’t care what other people think."
She says Wood will make a great father. After all, he already has four grown-up children from his two previous marriages.
But Mrs Wood is conscious of the fact that her husband will be in his Eighties by the time the girls are teenagers or looking forward to having a family of their own.
“We do speak about things like that,” she told the Daily Mail. “It’s not the age gap itself, it’s just the reality of what those 30 years mean. You never want to think about it but it is the reality of what happens in a normal life cycle.”
But she added: “Lots of our friends who are older have children — people like Penny and Rod [Stewart] — and they say: ‘It’s fantastic, the best thing ever. It keeps you young.’”
For his part Wood can’t wait for the birth of the girls.
“I’m joining the ranks of Picasso, Robert De Niro and Charlie Chaplin who all had babies at 68. I don’t care what other people think,” he said.