& # 39; There is no point in regret & # 39;, Jo Wood smiles. "The only thing I would not do if I had time again is to smoke a cigarette."
Ten years have passed since Jo Wood reinvented himself to the world, and also to herself; as a television celebrity (Strictly Come Dancing, Celebrity First Dates, Celebrity MasterChef …) and as an organic crusade with a range of cosmetics (Jo Wood Organics) and a book (Naturally) in which he talks about the epiphany of become organic in 1992.
Before, she had always been Jo Wood: wife of Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones. That changed, however, in 2008, when he met an 18-year-old waitress at a dance club (who, according to the story, came staggering home with him and almost set himself on fire lighting a cigarette in the kitchen. Jo)
Jo Wood (pictured) was previously known as the wife of Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones. That changed, however, in 2008, when he met an 18-year-old waitress at a dance club
After years of loyalty, of Jo tolerating her alcoholism and her infidelities on a tour, the marriage finally broke down. "I'm a survivor," she says. "I try never to look back, I just like to look forward, it's no use thinking about the past, is it? The past is over and it's over, and you have to move on."
Now, Jo is looking for love and has a new life: organic cosmetics businesswoman, mother of three older children (Jamie from her first marriage and Leah and Tyrone from Ronnie) and stepmom from Jesse, Ronnie's son from his first wife.
Then there are the twins Ronnie has with his third wife, Sally, a 40-year-old theater producer who he married in 2012.
Today, everyone gets together for birthdays, says Jo, so with the four children and the ten grandchildren: "Maggie, Bo, Lola, Arthur, Leo, Kobi, Charlie, Otis … My God, I adore you everybody ". There are quite a few parties, the last one is Tyrone's 35th birthday. All the adults were out in force, celebrating at Scott's, in Mayfair, a shining example of a mixed modern family.
After years of loyalty, of Jo tolerating her alcoholism and her infidelities on a tour, the marriage finally broke down. Speaking of his past, he says: & # 39; I am a survivor. I try never to look back. I just like to look forward & # 39;
"Ronnie and I have a great friendship and he has a new wife and two beautiful little girls, who are beautiful, [but] I'm so bored to talk about Ronnie. He's married, he has his wife, he does not talk about me, so I should not talk about him. I do not want to be talking about him ten years later.
"Single and ready to mix", as she says, Jo says she would love to find love again. But I suspect that Ronnie, however much he has been correctly relegated to the emotional album, is a difficult act to follow.
"I just do not think many men follow me closely," he admits. "My energy, I mean."
Today, at 63 years old, Jo looks amazing: healthier than in her rock chick days ("we just did not eat"), but now with a toned and strong body thanks to boxing and the gym. She has bright eyes and a face that, although free from Botox, still looks like the kohl-eyed girl of the past.
It is not the first time that Jo has changed her life: very sick in 1989, at age 34, during her heyday of drinks and drugs with the Stones, she was wrongly diagnosed with Crohn's disease and put on steroids. They made her feel that she had "lost my soul," she says now.
Jo is now looking for love as well as being the mother of three older children (Jamie from her first marriage and Leah and Tyrone from Ronnie) and Jesse's stepmother, Ronnie's son from his first wife
In 1992, an herbalist took her out of steroids, told her to cleanse her and reeducate what to put on her body. During the night, Jo exchanged cocaine for organic vegetable soup and began taking a mini-stove on tour to prepare organic meals. Once his body was clean he discovered that he had had an appendix perforated all the time.
He founded his cosmetics business in 2005 with Ronnie as a partner, but after the divorce, decided to close it. At that time, she was "disconsolate." But, dusting himself off, he realized that he wanted to get it going again, which is what he has done now.
Ten years since that horrible moment, she is even more committed than ever to the good life, although her definition of what she is has changed from night parties to a good night's sleep, while religiously divulging all organic things, whether shampoo , body oil, meat or vegetables.
Speaking of Ronnie, she says: "Ronnie and I have a great friendship and he has a new wife and two beautiful little girls, who are beautiful, [but] I'm so bored to talk about Ronnie
Today we meet at her home in North London because she is the ambassador of Feed Your Happy, a campaign run by Organic UK.
"I have always said:" If you do not have health, you will not be happy. "How can it be? Then, to be happy, you must be healthy and what do you need to be healthy? Eating the right food Feed your body with organic foods and you will be happy ".
Recently, just before going to the current Celebrity Island With Bear Grylls series, he had a medical examination and was told that his heart calcium level was zero. "You'll never have a heart attack," his naturopath told him.
I want to be healthy and live a good and long life. I want to see my grandchildren grow
"I want to be healthy and live a good and long life," says Jo. "I want to see my grandchildren grow up."
Ronnie, meanwhile, has just overcome a cancer attack after an injury to his lung was discovered during a medical check-up before the Stones tour.
"I'm glad it's okay," she says. "He's my ex-husband, but now it's not my problem." I do not preach about staying healthy, except to tell you not to drink Coca-Cola.
& # 39; I was lucky. I'm not an addict, except when it comes to cigarettes, which took me a long time to give up.
She only drinks organic wine these days, and pure vodka. After a spell after a divorce from partying with her friends, during that time her daughter, Leah, sent her an email to ask her: "Is not it time you start staying and do not party anymore?" She is happy to relax in front of the television.
Now, Jo creates awareness about organic cosmetics and tries to live a healthier life. She is religiously spreading everything organic, be it shampoo, body oil, meat or vegetables
"Although I sent an email to Leah saying:" What do you want me to do? Stay at home and knit? "I like to prepare a good meal, a dinner for someone?" He says, although he mentions three recent social occasions during our conversation, so maybe everything is relative.
It's a smart move to make her the face of the Feed Your Happy campaign, because while she's clearly focused on the importance of becoming organic: "When I saw Whole Foods was around the corner from the house, I knew it was Home for me! – There is still a healthy portion of Jo Naughty served with the vegetables from their weekly Riverford deliveries.
"I was not a naughty girl!", Replica of that description. & # 39; I was just having fun! & # 39;
She might be eating raw corn on the cob for tonight's dinner, with chickpea remnants and salad leaves from a meal she cooked for the Celebrity Island cast, but it's a million miles from the old-fashioned stereotype of the dignified organic dining room of lentils.
And there have been some alliances. More recently, there was Paul Scarborough, a builder who renovated his houses and became his friend and lover. But, she says: We started seeing each other less and I thought we'd be best friends.
She says that she and Ronnie are still friends, but that: "He's married, he has his wife, he does not talk about me, so I should not talk about him. I do not want to be talking about him ten years later "
"Anyway, I talk to him all the time and he told me the other day:" When will I take you to dinner? "But, oh, I do not know! No one invites me to go out."
Maybe men feel intimidated by your past? I do not know. I have no idea, "she says.
She tells me a telling story about when she held Celebrity First Dates, a television show where producers bring singles together and meet for a blind date at a restaurant.
"I told them:" I do not want anyone like my ex-husband! "And when I go in, there's a guy who looks like [Ronnie’s] eldest brother. I thought: "Oh Jesus." How kind, but not for me. I was a little disappointed. I thought I was going to meet Mr. Right.
& # 39; I do not know what I want [in a man] Now, she admits. & # 39; I have no idea. Someone who is kind and a little sexy. I guess it should be someone in the arts. An accountant would not do it. . . & # 39; She is silent.
You can take the girl out of the party, but it seems you can not get the party out of the girl.
"I can not have anyone who is bored," he says. "Three years ago, I did some internet dating with EliteSingles and I met an American man named Rob."
"It was not good," she says, shaking her hair, still an impressive peroxide blonde. – No, no, it was not good. He preferred his motorcycle. "
She admits that she can not date any man she considers boring. Ideally, she said, she wants someone who is interested in organicity, nature and who also has a sense of fun and adventure.
Oh darling. She lets out a laugh, then reflects.
& # 39; Someone who is also interested in organicity. And he loves nature And is a little adventurous that says: "Come on, Jo, let's go up to Machu Picchu!" And I can say, "Yes, come on!" That's the kind of man I want. "
Jo Wood sums up very well the dilemma of many divorced or single older women: open to love and a new chapter, brave and prepared to be emotionally daring (all the more impressive given how painful and humiliating that public division must have been), but also old enough not to be prepared to commit.
"It's lovely to be in love," she says. "I would love to have that" ping "moment and fall madly in love, but in a relationship where we are both equal, that would be so nice at my age, I would love it.
Jo Wood summarizes very well the dilemma of many divorced or single older women: open to love and a new chapter, brave and prepared to be emotionally brave but also old enough not to be willing to compromise.
– But I'm not looking. My brother always says: "Jo, someone will come when you least expect it". So I'm going to enjoy my life and I hope that someone perfect arrives. "
The only men in your life at this time are your children. The eldest, Jamie, 44, of her first marriage, was born when she was 19 and was a successful model (the "face of 1972"). She mistakenly married her father after fleeing her hometown of Benfleet in Essex for the bright lights of London.
"Poor old Peter," he says of him now. & # 39; Died last year & # 39;
She left that marriage after a year and modeled again. Ronnie saw her at a party and chased her until she surrendered.
Her two children are Leah, 39, who lives around the corner with her family, and Tyrone, 35. There's also Jesse, 41 (married to announcer Fearne Cotton), Ronnie's son with his first spouse.
"They're all good guys," says Jo. "Leah used to say," I wish I had a sister. "And now she does not because she knows that all my jewelry will go to her when I die! That sounds terrible, does not it?
She also shared an eye-opening story about when she held Celebrity First Dates, a television show where producers bring singles together and meet for a blind date at a restaurant, and asked producers not to associate her with someone like Ronnie.
She has lived in a Victorian villa near Camden Tube since 2011. It is a sadder area than her days in Richmond, but she loves it and, moreover, lives in a well-known street where house prices are so high that she practically has to be the ex of a Rolling Stone to consider living there.
He often talks to neighbors about neighbors: "Only the other day, I was talking to Mossy [Kate Moss] out there. She lives near.
On the stairs of the house, decorated with a kind of skull and cross bones buzzer meets Miss Havisham vintage, there is a beautiful pen and ink drawing of Jo kissing Leah.
"Ronnie did that," she says. "A good artist, Ronnie." She has many of her photos of her, but now she wants to get rid of them. Some are her naked.
"I told the children:" Do you want them? "And they said:" Urgh, not mom! "Then I said:" What's wrong? This is your mother's body! "I'm going to sell them at an auction."
Her dresses, on the other hand, vintage Saint Laurent, Ossie Clark, beautiful tea dresses of the twenties, all came to stay. "I wore a Radley vintage dress last night," he says.
So, is not it dinner for one then?
"I only had a vodka because I knew I was working today," he says. "In the old days, I would not even have minded."
Still, I can not see the knitting needles coming out for another two decades. At least.
Jo Wood is the face of Organic UK's Feed Your Happy campaign, which invites people to add happiness to the world and their lives by eating organic foods: feedyourhappy.co.uk