Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, 65, is reportedly engaged to theater producer Sally Humphreys, 34, whom he has been dating since late 2011, but they didn’t go public with their romance until February 2012.
Wood and Humphreys have not yet commented on this report, which originally appeared in The Sun. A source told The Sun: “Ronnie and Sally have been friends a long time. He always had an eye for her but she was in a relationship. They’ve been inseparable for months and he decided to tie the knot again. Keith Richards has been laughing about it. He’s sick of buying him wedding presents.”
Ronnie has been married and divorced twice. He and his first wife, Krissy, were married from 1971 to 1978. Wood was married to model Krissy Wood from 1971 to 1978. (Krissy, who was the mother of their son, Jesse, died in 1995 of a suspected Valium overdose. Jesse was born in 1977.) Ronnie and his second wife, Jo Wood (a former model), were a couple for about eight years before they got married in 1985. They have two kids together: Leah (born in 1978) and Tyrone (born in 1983). Jo’s eldest child, a son named Jamie (born in 1974), is from a previous relationship. Jo and Ronnie separated in 2008, she filed for divorce in 2009, and the divorce was finalized in 2011.
In 2008, Ronnie left Jo for Ekaterina Ivanova, who was an 18-year-old waitress at the time. That relationship ended about a year later, shortly after Ivanova accused Ronnie of domestic abuse. (He was let off with a strong warning by law enforcement.)
In 2009, Jo filed for divorce. The divorce was finalized in 2011.
From January 2010 to September 2011, he dated polo instructor/student Ana Araujo. After breaking up with Araujo, he had a brief fling with jewelry salesperson Nicola Sargent before he went public with his romance with Humphreys in late 2011.
As far as anyone knows, Humphreys has never been married before and she does not have children. She comes from a middle-class family (he parents are music teachers) in Birmingham, England. Unlike Ronnie, who is a recovering drug addict and alcoholic, Humphreys has led a healthy lifestyle (one of her hobbies is running marathons), according to anonymous sources who’ve known her for a long time who talked to the tabloids about her. Humphreys studied drama in her university days, and she has been descried by friends as intelligent, very easy to like, and having a passion for theater. She met Ronnie several years ago when she collaborated with him on a few of his solo projects and his 2007 memoir, “Ronnie.”
In a June 2012, interview with the Daily Mail, Ronnie’s stepson Jamie told the Daily Mail that he approves of Humphreys: “She’s a lovely girl and she’s no groupie — I can assure you of that. It’s good for him because he needs someone a bit more like my mum — someone more solid — and that’s what Sally is. She’s a nice girl and we’ve known her for years.
“She’s been a friend of dad’s for a long time, but she always had a boyfriend, which I think held him back. But now the boyfriend’s gone, they’re free to be with each other. She’s not his type, that’s the unusual thing. Sally’s definitely not one of the bimbos he usually goes for. That’s great because she’s exactly what he needs. He’s getting a bit old now — I don’t think he can keep up with bimbos any more.”
Jamie and Ronnie’s kids with Jo had been estranged from Ronnie after he left Jo for Ivanova, but the children have since reconciled with Ronnie now that Ivanva is out of his life.
Around the time that Ronnie’s divorce from Jo was finalized, Ronnie commented to the media about Jo: “We’re great pals.” However, more recently, the relationship between the Ronnie and Jo has become strained again.
In October 2012, Ronnie publicly blasted Jo for auctioning off several of his personal belongings, including stage outfits, musical instruments, Rolling Stones memorabilia and art from his personal collection. The auction took place on October 27, 2012, and was handled by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. Ronnie issued a statement through his publicist saying that the auction was “outrageous” and that he did not endorse the auction and he wanted no part of it.
In August 2012, Jo announced that she is writing a tell-all memoir. HarperCollins will publish the book in 2013 on a date to be announced. The working title of the book is “Hey Jo.”