Jagger stumped by girlfriend's apparent suicide
ROLLING Stones frontman Mick Jagger said on Tuesday he was "struggling to understand" girlfriend L'Wren Scott's apparent suicide as it emerged that the fashion designer's business was grappling with multi-million-dollar debts at the time of her death.
Jagger, who was reportedly heading back to New York after the Stones cancelled the opening leg of an Australian tour that was to have begun yesterday, described 49-year-old Scott as not only his lover but also his best friend.
"I will never forget her," Jagger, 70, wrote in a blog post on his website, a day after Scott was found dead at her luxury New York apartment.
"I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way," Jagger wrote in a post entitled simply "L'Wren" that featured a black-and-white photo of the former model.
"We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves. She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me.
"I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the personal messages of support that I have received. I will never forget her."
Scott and Jagger, who was 21 years older, had been dating for well over a decade.
It emerged on Tuesday that Scott's business had large debts at the time of her apparent suicide, according to latest accounts filed in Britain.
LS Fashion ran a loss of 4.2 million euros (about S$7.4 million) as of Dec 31, 2012, according to the accounts lodged with Britain's Companies House last October and obtained by AFP.
The company ran up a loss of 3 million euros in 2011.
Last month, Scott cancelled her show at London Fashion Week because of production delays, but there had been little public sign that anything more serious was wrong.
Before meeting Scott, Jagger had a multitude of affairs with models, singers and actresses, and has fathered seven children with four women.
He twice married models - Bianca and Jerry Hall. Other former lovers included singers Marianne Faithfull and Carla Bruni, who is now married to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.