Sorry, Mick: Jagger gets apology from fellow Stone over vasectomy comment
Being a rock star isn’t easy, and Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are proving that again.
The two Rolling Stones have had a contentious relationship for decades, marked by years of insults and the occasional beakup rumor. Richards has especially been known for tossing barbs at Jagger. The most recent was in a Wall Street Journal profile in which Richards criticized Jagger’s decision to father his eighth child at age 73.
“It’s time for the snip - you can’t be a father at that age. Those poor kids!”
Of course the comment went viral and prompted Richards to offer a rather rare public apology.
“I deeply regret the comments I made about Mick in the WSJ which were completely out of line,” Richards tweeted. “I have of course apologised to him in person.”
Tension between the bandmates first publicly bubbled over in 1985, after Jagger released his first solo album and refused to go on tour in support of the 1986 Rolling Stones record “Dirty Work.”
And back in 2010, with the release of Richards’ memoir, “Life,” there were plenty of swipes at Jagger.
“It was the beginning of the ’80s when Mick started to become unbearable,” Richards wrote, adding that as an insult the band would call him “Brenda, or Her Majesty, or just Madam.” That’s also when Jagger had lost his skill and had “taken up singing lessons,” Richards said.
He also said Jagger had a “swollen head” and an “inflated ego.”
“Mick got very big ideas,” he wrote. “All lead singers do. It’s a known affliction called LVS, lead vocalist syndrome.”