Ronnie Wood has revealed he secretly battled cancer for the second time during lockdown
The Rolling stones rocker, 73, admitted he was recently diagnosed with small cell cancer but has since ‘come through with the all-clear’.
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.
Candid: Ronnie Wood, 73, has revealed he secretly battled cancer for the second time during lockdown
The father-of-six 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.
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, 42, 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’.
Ronnie added: 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’
It comes after Ronnie was honoured with the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of his services to music earlier this month.
The musician received the accolade which is offered by the City of London Corporation to celebrate a significant achievement within a particular industry.
In a statement the rocker said that the award has made Sally and their girls ‘very proud’.
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
Ronnie’s successful music career has spanned over five decades, starting out with bands Faces and the Jeff Beck Group before joining The Rolling Stones from 1975 onwards.
Speaking of the recognition, Ronnie said: ‘My Lord Mayor, Lord Chamberlain, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am humbled and honoured to receive the Freedom of the City of London.
‘As a child, I saw the city from the canals and over the years I’ve seen it from many different perspectives.
‘Despite my career in music and art taking me all over the world, I am never happier than when coming home to this great city where I was born.
‘It is a lovely surprise to be recognised with this award and it has made me, Sally, and my twin girls Alice and Gracie very proud.
‘I very much hope to come and meet you in person at the Guildhall when circumstances allow.’
Art: The musician credited new artwork with helping him through his recovery (pictured: Ronnie with a tapestry he created in August)
Other stars who have received the honour are actress Dame Judi Dench, actress Joan Collins, singer Bob Geldof and actor Colin Firth.
Ronnie forms part of rock band The Rolling Stones along with bandmates Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts.
The band’s official Twitter page tweeted him after the happy news, writing: ‘Congratulations to @ronniewood who was honoured with the Freedom of the City of London!’
Normally those who receive the recognition are given a plaque at a ceremony at the Guildhall in London but Ronnie’s didn’t go ahead due to coronavirus restrictions.
In his personal life, 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, 41, an accomplished singer, Jamie, 45, and Tyrone, 36.
Ronnie married actress and producer Sally, his third wife, in 2012. The couple welcomed twin daughters Gracie and Alice in 2016.
The rocker and his new 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.
Star: The musician has received the accolade which is offered by the City of London Corporation to celebrate a significant achievement within a particular industry (pictured on tour in 1982)
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 newspaper: ‘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: In a statement the rocker said that the award has made his theatre producer wife Sally, 42, (pictured together) and their twin girls Gracie Jane and Alice Rose, both four, ‘very proud’