Ronnie Wood's Russian love
- Bang Showbiz
- 11 July 2008
Ronnie Wood has allegedly left his wife for a Russian teenager.
The Rolling Stones guitarist, 61, has taken Ekaterine Ivanova, 18 - a cocktail waitress who he met while out drinking - to his luxury home in County Kildare, Ireland, and she has already bragged to friends they are a couple.
A source told Britain's The Sun newspaper: "Ekaterine is absolutely besotted with Ronnie. She has told everyone Ronnie has left his wife for her and they are a full-on item. She said she went to Ronnie's house in London and met his wife Jo.
"She said Jo had told her she knew what was going on and begged her not to take her husband away. Ekaterine claimed she told Jo, 'I am not taking him. He is leaving.' She and Ronnie have been seeing each other ever since."
However, Jo - who married Ronnie in 1985 - has branded Ekaterine "mad" and claimed the pair are not having an affair.
She also claims Ronnie - who has been treated for alcoholism - has started drinking again and says she knew he was going to Ireland to have a drinking session with Ekaterine.
Jo said: "Ekaterine is mad - she is a terrible alcoholic. I know her - she's been here. She's a friend and he's a guy.
"Ronnie's been drinking heavily - maybe two bottles of vodka a day. I was quite alright that she was hanging around with him. They have been staying in Ireland and Ronnie's art man was with them. Ronnie told me she was staying there and I said, 'OK - get on with it and have a drink, go mad. Drink your guts up.' They're not boyfriend and girlfriend, not in that way."
Ronnie is believed to have met Ekaterine in a bar in April after the London premiere of 'Shine A Light', Martin Scorsese's documentary about the Rolling Stones.