Jerry Hall, on the occasion of her upcoming stint in a production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in London, spoke to The Guardian about her life and career. She addressed the topic of her long-term relationship with Mick Jagger, and how she and the Rolling Stones frontman worked hard to give their four children strong upbringings. Hall revealed that she and Jagger’s other former female companions all get along for the sake of the kids.
“My children are very close to Mick’s other children, my stepchildren. Mick has a son with another woman, after me, so the whole family is very, very close, and I’m close with the mothers. I think family is really, really important. It gives you a good foundation, a lot of strength. It’s really important to me that there is not conflict in the family. We have big Christmas get-togethers; with all the mums and all the children and it’s wonderful. One big blended family.”
Hall and Jagger first became a couple in 1977. They married in 1990 and Hall filed for divorce in 1999. Their relationship resulted in Elizabeth, now 29, James, 28, Georgia, 21, and Gabriel, 16. Jagger has seven children with four different women. His most recent partner, designer L’Wren Scott, passed away earlier this year. Scott and Jagger did not have children together.
Hall told The Guardian that raising kids who have famous parents was difficult but “I think they picked up a strong work ethic from Mick and me.” She went on to say they made a deliberate effort to bring up kids who were courteous and respectful.
“Things we’ve been very strict about are good manners and thoughtfulness to others. We’ve always had meals with them, so they have always interacted with adults and people from different walks of life, so they are able to make conversation – I think that’s a great skill to teach your children.”
One thing the 58-year-old former model, who was born in Texas to a family of modest means, does not like is cosmetic surgery. She told The Independent she thought women who have surgery are “insecure,” and claimed it won’t save a relationship. She “feels sorry” for older actresses who are pressured into procedures to look young but does not condone it for everyday women.
“It’s so idiotic when [women] risk their lives to have surgery. Every time you have anaesthesia you’re killing a lot of brain cells – why would you do that? You could get infections, you could die… Why make yourself look a grotesque caricature of yourself? They don’t fool anyone. They look like pathetic, insecure creatures. I loathe the whole thing… If men want to leave their wife for a 19-year-old, they’re gonna do it anyway.”
Hall’s turn in Snow White is at the Richmond Theatre in London from December 5 to January 11.
[Jerry Hall Image: Google; Mick Jagger Image: Getty]