While I'm not sure it's something my average reader would remember, in 1989, then-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, (who was 52 at the time), married 18 year old Mandy Smith, whom he'd been reportedly dating off and on since she was thirteen.
To this day, I still remember reading about their wedding in some supermarket tabloid or another, which quoted Bill as saying he'd torn up his "little black book'. At the time, I wasn't particularly in awe of the age difference, (when you're a kid, a "grown up" is a grown-up, right?). Instead, I was just wondering what a little black book was for, and thinking that Mandy's dress was the most gorgeous that my 9 year old eyes had ever seen. I was sure that some day when I got married, I'd wear the same one.
Clearly my tastes have changed.
Nearly 20 years later, I can certainly recognize not only the grossness of the dress, but of the relationship itself. Imagine being 33 years old, thinking that your future partner is just being born. Yay.
In a strikingly similar and equally stomach-turning move, 61 year-old current Rolling Stone, Ron Wood, has taken up with a 20 year-old (some reports say 19) Russian waitress name Ekaterina. Hmm... I guess 'WWBWD?" is as good a code to live by as any, eh Ron?
Seriously though, what the hell is he thinking? He's apparently "deeply in love with her' and has dubbed her 'slut'. Is it still considered irony if it's that blatant?
I always thought Ron Wood was kind of fabulous (due in part to the fact that he's been with the same woman for years and, well, any friend of Rod's is a friend of mine) but right now I'm just like "Eww."
(Pic from The Sun)
I'm sure, much like Bill probably felt after tearing up that little black book, Ron will probably look back on this and be like "Wow. I'm an ass."
One would hope anyway.
I'm thinking the prospect of losing $100+ million will likely bring him this conclusion sooner rather than later, but one can never be sure. Who knows? Maybe something even weirder will happen, wherein Ronnie's son proposes to Ekaterina's mother.
What? Stranger things have happened!
Oh well. I guess the moral of this story is that they can't all be Charlie Watts.
No, that's not his girlfriend.