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Ronnie Wood’s ex-wife says Rolling Stones star, 74, is recovering well after battling cancer

Ronnie Wood’s ex-wife Jo has said the Rolling Stones rocker is recovering well after battling cancer for the second time in lockdown. 

The guitarist, who turned 74 on Tuesday, announced last month he had been diagnosed with small cell cancer, but has since ‘come through with the all-clear’. 

Speaking to the The Sun on Wednesday, Jo, 66, said it was a ‘very worrying’ time for the family and spoke of her relief that Ronnie is ‘going to be fine’.  

Recovery: Ronnie Wood’s ex-wife Jo has said the Rolling Stones rocker is recovering well after battling cancer for the second time in lockdown (pictured in 2007)

‘I’m very proud of him. I think they caught it early as he has a history of cancer in his family,’ Jo said. 

‘It was very worrying, especially for the kids, but he’s much better. He’s going to be fine. 

‘We’ve got all those grandchildren and children together, so I think it’s really important to have a good relationship. We’re all a family. It’s all good.’

Health: The guitarist, who turned 74 on Tuesday, announced last month (pictured) he was recently diagnosed with small cell cancer but has since 'come through with the all-clear'

Health: The guitarist, who turned 74 on Tuesday, announced last month (pictured) he was recently diagnosed with small cell cancer but has since ‘come through with the all-clear’

Ronnie was married to Jo Wood for 26 years before their separation and subsequent divorce in 2011.  

The former couple are parents to three children; Leah, 42, an accomplished singer, Tyrone, 37 and adopted Jo’s son Jamie, 46. 

Ronnie is also father to Jesse, 44, from his first marriage with Krissy Findlay. 

The rocker married actress and producer Sally Humphries, 42, his third wife, in 2012. The couple welcomed twin daughters Gracie and Alice in 2016. 

Last month, Ronnie revealed he secretly battled cancer for the second time during lockdown.  

Exes: Ronnie was married to Jo Wood for 26 years before their separation and subsequent divorce in 2011 (pictured in 1984)

Exes: Ronnie was married to Jo Wood for 26 years before their separation and subsequent divorce in 2011 (pictured in 1984)

It is the second time Ronnie has beaten cancer after previously being diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017, resulting in part of his lung being removed during a five-hour operation.  

The father-of-six previously told The Sun: ‘I had small cell more recently that I fought in the last lockdown. Throughout my recovery, you have to let it go. What will be will be, it’s nothing to do with me.’

He added: ‘All I can do is stay positive in my attitude, be strong and fight it, and the rest is up to my higher power.’

In 2017, Ronnie successfully fought lung cancer after 54 years of smoking 25 to 30 cigarettes a day. After having part of his lung removed he confirmed he was cancer free in 2018. 

In 2017, Ronnie successfully fought lung cancer after 54 years of smoking 25 to 30 cigarettes a day (pictured on stage in 1972)

In 2017, Ronnie successfully fought lung cancer after 54 years of smoking 25 to 30 cigarettes a day (pictured on stage in 1972)

The musician credited new limited-edition signed prints of his artwork with helping him through his recovery.

Ronnie – who spent lockdown with his theatre producer wife Sally and their twin girls Gracie Jane and Alice Rose, both four – created a piece called Affirmation while fighting the disease.

It bears the words ‘When I take care of myself I can achieve anything’. 

Artist: The musician credited new limited-edition signed prints of his artwork with helping him through his recovery (pictured in 2019)

Artist: The musician credited new limited-edition signed prints of his artwork with helping him through his recovery (pictured in 2019)

The rocker and his wife Sally first met just over a decade ago, when she was working at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and Ronnie was still married to second wife Jo. 

The couple wed in an intimate ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London in December 2011 after a six-month romance, with Rod Stewart serving as the groom’s best man.

On expanding their family, brunette beauty Sally said in an interview with The Mirror: ‘I’d love to have twins again.

‘We’d be very happy if more arrive. Twins are much easier because they play together. Twins again and then we have double everything. We are good to go. I’m 40 now but you never know.’

Family:Ronnie married actress and producer Sally Humphries, 42, his third wife, in 2012. The couple welcomed twin daughters Gracie and Alice in 2016 (pictured last year)

Family:Ronnie married actress and producer Sally Humphries, 42, his third wife, in 2012. The couple welcomed twin daughters Gracie and Alice in 2016 (pictured last year)

WHAT IS SMALL CELL CANCER? 

  • Small cell cancer most commonly appears in the lungs but can affect other areas including the pancreas, prostate, cervix, bladder or lymph nodes
  • The term ‘small cell’ refers to the smaller size and shape of the cancer cells when viewed under a microscope
  • Small cell cancer has a higher growth faction, meaning it is fast-growing
  • Small cell lung cancer makes up for around 1 in 7 lung cancers
  • Symptoms of small cell lung cancer can include repeated chest infections, a cough, unexplained pain, tiredness, weight loss and breathlessness   


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