Great-grandfather Jagger to be a dad once more at the tender age of 73
As the frontman of a rock band known for their hedonism, and with a reputation as one of the world's most renowned womanisers, Sir Mick Jagger was never likely to slip into a quiet old age.
In a sign that the ageing rocker has not lost his capacity to shock, it emerged yesterday that Sir Mick is to become a father for the eighth time, next year, when he will have reached the age of 73.
While his Rolling Stones bandmate, Ronnie Wood, has spoken of the joys of nappy changing, after becoming a parent again at the age of 69, Sir Mick is likely to be less of a hands-on father.
Friends of the star said yesterday that he is unlikely to move in with Melanie Hamrick, a 29-year-old American ballerina, whose pregnancy was said to have been unplanned.
The star, who is already a great-grandfather, began his relationship with Ms Hamrick in the wake of the suicide of his long-term partner L'Wren Scott, in 2014, He currently has seven children, from four different women, who range in age from 45 to 17.
The announcement led some famous names to take the mickey out of the star. Ricky Gervais, the comedian, wrote on Twitter: "Soon, Mick Jagger will be buying nappies for two."
His fellow comic, David Baddiel, wrote: "By the time Mick Jagger's new baby is 10, he'll be 83. School run'll be interesting."
Jagger's parenting style is likely to be somewhat removed from that of his Rolling Stones bandmate Ronnie Wood, who became a father of twins, at the age of 69, earlier this year.
Wood told a magazine that he would be a hands-on father, adding: "I'm going to be changing the nappies and all that goes with it. I'm looking forward to all that."
A friend of Jagger, however, suggested that the singer was unlikely to even live in the same home as his partner.
The source told the Sun: "Mick's relationship with Melanie works for both of them. Melanie is very American and doesn't want to move to London, even though they've been seeing each other regularly over a long period of time now.
"Mick likes the arrangement they have and doesn't want to be in another formal relationship. But the most important thing is how much he loves his children and he has great relations with them.
He will support and love this child. "The plan is for Melanie to move out of New York and be based in LA, where Mick spends a lot of time, or Connecticut where she knows people. In reality Melanie was coming toward the end of her career as a ballet dancer but has now had to give it up even earlier than planned."
Sir Mick became a great-grandfather in May 2014, when his grand-daugher, Assisi, gave birth to a baby girl. Assisi is the child of his second daughter, Jade, 44, who is the product of his marriage to Bianca Jagger.
The singer's eldest daughter, Karis, the daughter of American singer Marsha Hunt, is now 45.
He has a further four children, ranging in age from 18 to 32, with his former partner Jerry Hall, 60, whom he wed in a private ceremony in Bali, before the partnership was later declared unlawful in the High Court.
In 1999 he fathered a love child, Lucas, 17, after a fling with Luciana Gimenez, a Brazilian television presenter.