As the glamorous girlfriend and muse of a youthful Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull represented the cream of Swinging Sixties society, flitting from party to party and scandal to scandal.
But now, in news that is guaranteed to make us all feel old, the former wild child reveals she suffers with chronic joint problems.
‘I’ve got this terrible arthritis,’ the 71-year-old singer (pictured, right, in her heyday) discloses. ‘It’s in my left shoulder, arm and hand.’ Her latest ailment comes after a string of health difficulties and struggles with drink and drugs.
Mick Jagger’s muse Marianne Faithfull (pictured here at 16) has revealed she suffers from arthritis
Ms Faithfull’s (pictured with Mick Jagger) latest ailment comes after a string of health difficulties and struggles with drink and drugs
‘I recovered from all those awful things, like the broken back and the hip and bone infection,’ she says.
‘That was bad enough — then I got this arthritis. My mother had it too, so it’s genetic, I think.’ Marianne adds: ‘I’m left-handed. That makes it hard for me to write or type. It’s awful, man — but I get through.’
Army officer’s daughter Marianne was the long-term girlfriend of Rolling Stones frontman Jagger when she was seduced by guitarist Keith Richards in 1969. Richards, now 74, later admitted he had seduced Marianne to get revenge on Jagger, 75, who had enjoyed a fling with Anita Pallenberg, Richards’s girlfriend at the time.
It was ‘not the first time that we’d been in competition for a bird’, Richards wrote in his 2010 autobiography Life, adding: ‘It was like two alphas fighting. Still is.’
His revenge in bedding Marianne — which he says happened only once — was interrupted when Jagger returned home early.
Their ‘hot and sweaty’ episode was cut short as Richards ‘did one out the window’, clutching his clothes, although he left his socks behind.
In his memoir, Richards mocked Jagger’s sexual prowess, saying that Pallenberg found him somewhat underendowed.
Presumably she couldn’t get no satisfaction…
Cara’s pals splash out on a MERMAID for her 26th
Hiring a male stripper would be unlikely to impress society model Cara Delevingne, who has spoken of her sexual ‘fluidity’, so her famous friends enlisted a mermaid as a 26th birthday treat instead.
The young blonde wearing a sparkly green costume clearly amused Cara, who wrote online yesterday: ‘I am still giggling with MERmazing memories.’ Cara is currently enjoying a romance with Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson, 28.
Another guest at the party in the South of France, actress Kate Beckinsale, was angry when a fan asked her if she was ‘lezzing out’.
The famous friends of model Cara Delevingne splashed out on a ‘mermaid’ for her 26th birthday
Kate, who has a teenage daughter with actor Michael Sheen, replied: ‘Are you bigoting out?’
Pictured here are:
1. Zoe Kravitz, 29. American actress and singer, daughter of pop star Lenny Kravitz.
2. Cara Delevingne, 26. Britain’s highest-paid model.
3. Kate Beckinsale, 45. Hollywood star and daughter of late Porridge actor Richard Beckinsale.
4. Margot Robbie, 28. Australian actress who starred in The Wolf Of Wall Street. Married film director Tom Ackerley in 2016.
5. Sienna Miller, 36. Engaged to fellow actor Jude Law until he cheated on her with his children’s nanny.
6. Cara’s ‘mermaid’.
Even Tony Benn, Jeremy Corbyn’s political hero, thought JC was too dense to amount to anything.
Doctor Who actress Tracy-Ann Oberman, who quit Labour over the anti-Semitism revelations, said: ‘He (Jeremy) always rang a tad hollow. My best friend grew up with Tony Benn who, she said, described him as “nice but dim”. I think his dimness in some areas has come to bite him.’
He might be dim, but is terrorist-loving Corbyn really ‘nice’?
Believed to be the inspiration for a much-married social climber in Sophia Money-Coutts’s novel The Plus One, William Cash is to have his revenge in his memoir, Restoration Heart.
‘The time has come to set the record straight,’ thrice-married Cash tells me. It’s not the first time he has been a literary model; he also inspired a character in Toby Young’s How To Lose Friends And Alienate People.