Monday 28 May 2018

Rolling Stones get satisfaction from Ronnie Wood's impending fatherhood

Theatre producer Sally Humphries and Ronnie Wood married in 2012
Theatre producer Sally Humphries and Ronnie Wood married in 2012

Ronnie Wood has said the other members of the Rolling Stones are "thrilled" about his impending fatherhood.

The rock and roll guitarist, 68, is expecting twin girls in June with his theatre producer wife Sally Humphreys.

After a whirlwind romance of six months, the couple were wed in a ceremony at London's Dorchester Hotel in 2012.

Wood exclusively told Hello! magazine about the reaction of bandmates Sir Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards.

"The Rolling Stones are all thrilled," he said.

"Keith loves kids, so he's excited, and Mick keeps telling me to give him a year and then he'll be our nanny so now we're calling him 'Nanny Mick'."

Humphreys, 31 years his junior, is Wood's third wife.

He was first married to the late model Krissy Findlay from 1971-1978. She died from an accidental drug overdose in 2005.

The union produced son Jesse, who is the husband of broadcaster Fearne Cotton.

The Hillingdon-born star was wed to second wife Jo from 1985-2011.

The one-time Strictly Come Dancing contestant is the mother of his daughter Leah and son Tyrone.

Wood, who was part of the Faces alongside Rod Stewart, has played with the Rolling Stones since 1975.

The band, who were formed in London in 1962, have just completed a tour of Latin America that included a free gig in Havana.

They hit the stage in front of half a million ecstatic fans in Cuba.

"The Stones are one big family," Wood stated. "It's all about the kids."

"In this tour, everyone's been there: (Sir Mick's children) Jade, Karis, James, Lizzy, Gabriel, Lucas and Georgia May; Patti and Keith's girls (Theodora and Alexandra) and Charlie's granddaughter Charlotte.

"My girls will be two more added into the mix. I hope my girls will be coming on tour with me for years to come."

Mrs Wood said she can feel the twins reacting to music.

"Ronnie says I'm being beaten up from the inside," she told the magazine.

"They really wake up in the evenings and they love music. They were kicking away at the Stones show in Cuba."

Fresh from rave reviews for their latest tour, the Rolling Stones move on to Exhibitionism, their first ever major exhibition.

Described as "the most comprehensive insight" into the enduring group, and opening at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, west London, on Tuesday, Exhibitionism is an interactive Rolling Stones experience.

The musical heritage which took the group from a blues band in the early 1960s to the influential pop culture giants they remain today, forms the heart of the exhibition.

The band's personal artefacts, including costumes and original instruments, are on display and there is even a reproduction of the first flat they shared in Chelsea.

But Wood is also preoccupied with parenting issues, such as changing nappies.

"I'm very good at it," he said. "I'm going to be changing the nappies and all that goes with it. I'm looking forward to all that."

He added: "I'm unbelievably lucky and unbelievably blessed. I love all my kids. I love being a dad and to have this happening is just wonderful. I'm a lucky guy."

:: Read the full article in Hello! out now.

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