The long, weird, inappropriate roller coaster ride for Ronnie Wood, 62, and his 20-year-old girlfriend, cocktail waitress Ekaterina Ivanova, has ended. Here’s the full scoop for those who may have forgotten, what with all the other high profile cheaters of the past year clogging up your short-term memory: Wood told his long-suffering wife, Jo, that he was attending alcohol rehab, but really, he was shacking up in the couple’s country estate and boozing it up with Ivanova, who was barely 18 at the time. Classy! Jo caught wind of the affair, and shortly after, filed for divorce, which was just finalized last month. Flash forward 18 months: Wood, who has earned the awesome nickname of “Grandpa Punchy” from our very own Kaiser, was recently picked up for domestic assault after beating up Ekaterina in the street, and the couple are now dunzo.
It was never going to be a great love story. So after 18 stormy months of rows and recriminations, Ronnie Wood has ended his affair with a waitress more than 40 years his junior.
The Rolling Stones guitarist, 62, broke up with Russian girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova, 20, days after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting her in a row in the street.
They made up briefly but Wood, who left his wife of 23 years for Miss Ivanova, has now decided it is over for good.
And the news comes from none other than his former wife, Jo.
Speaking exclusively to the Mail at her Surrey mansion, where she has created a ‘pop-up’ restaurant called Mrs Paisley’s Lashings, Mrs Wood was quick to point out that Miss Ivanova’s exit did not mean she and Ronnie would get back together.
‘I was very upset to hear about what happened last week and I’ve spoken to Ronnie,’ she said.
‘In fact, I called him after he came out of the nick to see how he was coping and he told me not to worry and that he’s going to be OK.
‘But he said he has split up with that girl for good. It’s over. He won’t be going back to her. There’s no going back for him, he’s adamant about that.
‘We’re still speaking and he’s been talking with our daughter Leah, too, and told her the same thing.
‘But before people ask or assume that we might be getting back together, we’re not. Absolutely not. I’m very happy being single at the moment and I’m enjoying life.’
Mrs Wood plans to sell the lavish £2million Surrey home she shared with Ronnie to move to a pied a terre in London.
She added: ‘I’ve decided to sell the house here and move out and I’m looking to buy a lovely flat in town, close to all the parties and so I can be near to my friends.
This house has so much history and so many memories for me but it’s time for someone else with a big family to enjoy it.
‘My kids are getting older and I don’t want to be rattling around here on my own.’
Miss Ivanova, spotted this week sitting alone at a Chinese restaurant in Holborn, Central London, is believed to be ‘devastated’ at the break-up.
She is staying with her mother after leaving Wood’s rented Surrey home. She told police she did not wish to press charges against Wood, who allegedly tried to throttle her in the street during a row in the early hours of last Thursday.
At one point, it was alleged, he threatened to stub his cigarette out on her face and onlookers claimed they saw him screaming abuse and dragging her along the ground.
Wood was arrested and spent the night in a cell at Staines police station before being released on bail. He is due to return to the station in January.
Friends of the guitarist, who is known for his long-running battle with alcohol, have claimed he is ‘most definitely’ drinking again.
One told the Daily Mail that Wood and his girlfriend had an ‘extremely volatile relationship’, with Miss Ivanova mocking him about his age and arguing constantly about his family.
In September, police were called following another row in which Miss Ivanova is said to have threatened suicide after Wood planned to have a family dinner with his wife.
The Woods ended their marriage in July last year when Ronnie’s affair with Miss Ivanova was made public.
Jo Wood was devastated by the break-up, but after years of looking after Ronnie on the rock and roll circuit, she realised it could be a chance to change her life.
She went on to appear on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. The couple, who have two grown-up children, were divorced last month.
Can I just say, “Go, Jo!” So happy for her. I do hope that Jo stands her ground and doesn’t let Ronnie weasel his way back into her life. This geezer sounds like a nightmare to live with – a perpetual child with a whole host of substance abuse problems who cannot seem to accept that he’s not a 20-year-old rock god anymore. The only thing that sucks about this whole thing is that the 20-year-old girlfriend wasn’t the one who did the dumping. He beats the crap out of her and then dumps her? That ain’t right.