Jagger 'can't understand' why girlfriend killed herself
Mick Jagger has said he is "struggling to understand" why his girlfriend L'Wren Scott chose to end her life.
Describing his partner of 13 years as his "lover and best friend", Jagger (70) posted a tribute to her on his Facebook page describing the "great life" they had, adding that he would "never forget her".
Jagger had earlier hit out at reports in America saying the couple had split up, saying the claims were "horrible and inaccurate".
The Rolling Stones have since announced the postponement of their entire world tour. The band said they were "deeply sorry and disappointed" to announce the tour had been pulled.
A statement said: "Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood wish to thank all of their fans for their support at this difficult time and hope that they will fully understand the reason for this announcement."
Scott (49) was found hanged in her New York apartment on Monday. Her fashion company was millions of pounds in debt and she had reportedly suffered from depression in the past.
Jagger's message on the Rolling Stones Facebook page, accompanied by a favourite picture of Scott, said: "I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way. We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves."
Last night Jagger was still in Perth, where he was said to be "in bits". He was being comforted by his daughters Elizabeth, who was accompanying him on the tour, and Georgia May, who cancelled a planned fashion show in Melbourne.
The 'New York Post', which broke the news of Scott's death, claimed she had told friends that Jagger had dumped her, and that she had talked about finding a new home. But Jagger's spokesman said the couple were "absolutely" still an item when Scott died.
He added: "The story about a split between Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott is 100 per cent untrue.
"There is absolutely no basis in fact to this story. It's a horrible and inaccurate piece of gossip during a very tragic time for Mick." Friends had reportedly noticed that Scott had been acting strangely for at least a week, including uncharacteristically dodging phone calls.
Scott's British-based fashion firm, LS Fashion Ltd, was running at a loss of £3.5m (€4.17m). Although Jagger's wealth is estimated at £200m, Scott is reported to have been "embarrassed" at her company's losses.
A source close to Scott said: "She was a very, very strong person who did not want to be funded to the hilt by Sir Mick. I'm sure he supported her in various ways, buying her apartment and so on, but her fashion company was very much her own."
Music industry sources said cancelling the remainder of their tour will cost the band "in the low millions". The group had sold a million tickets for the last seven shows of their 14-date tour of the Far East and Australasia.
"They will be insured against the cost of lost ticket sales," said a source, "but tours don't usually go into profit until about three-quarters of the way through, because there are such huge upfront costs for set building, publicity and so on.
"The Stones will have a crew of about 120, and it costs money to fly them around the world and put them up in hotels. Because the Stones had only played half the dates on the tour, it will not have gone into profit yet and it will cost them a lot because they won't get paid anything for the cancelled dates." (© Daily Telegraph, London)