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Ronnie's fling with waitress restored my life, reveals Jo

Jo Wood has declared that the Russian waitress who had an affair with her husband Ronnie did her a favour -- by "giving her her life back".

The former model said she was forced to put all her energy into keeping the Rolling Stones guitarist on the straight and narrow during their marriage.

But she said: "I gave up my life for Ronnie, now I have it back."

The 63-year-old musician left his wife after more than 20 years of marriage in July 2008 as he embarked on a fling with Ekaterina Ivanova.

Jo said of the waitress, four decades younger than her husband: "She gave me my life back.

"I can put my energy into myself instead of him.

"I can't remember what it was like being his wife any more."