London, Aug. 6: Jerry Hall recommends more sex as a good way of keeping fit and shedding the calories.
This isn’t exactly a novel proposition but Hall, best known for being the Texan ex-wife of Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, goes on to say that smoking, boozing and lazing around in the sun hasn’t done her any harm either.
Hall, who says she has never been happier — she has a boyfriend eight years her junior — pointed out: “I am 58. That is pretty old, for God’ sake. I look pretty good for my age, and I am enjoying that. But I smoke, I drink, I like wine, I love sun tanning, I drink coffee — I am doing all sorts of things I shouldn’t do.”
Perhaps her comments on how to stay healthy are slightly tongue in cheek but an interview she has just given to a popular women’s magazine, Good Housekeeping, has received wide publicity.
Her health tips will probably provide some amusement to a population which is today almost oppressed by the avalanche of advice it receives from numerous quarters — don’t smoke, don’t drink, go for a walk, swim, spend time in the gym, and, don’t forget to eat five pieces of fruit and vegetables a day, no, on second thoughts push that up to seven or even 10, and, if you wish to avoid a heart attack, take an aspirin a day and statin, of course, if you are over 50. And cut down on tea and coffee.
She does not find anything ironic in the fact her interview is to publicise a fundraising campaign for Cancer Research UK. Hall is the face of the charity’s “Give Up Clothes For Good” campaign, which urges shoppers to donate unwanted clothing.
Hall, who is over 1.83m tall, was a model in her younger days and is still much admired for her lustrous and long blonde hair. She married Jagger in Bali in a sort of Hindu ceremony in 1990 and remained his “wife” until 1999. The couple had four children — Georgia, Elizabeth, James and Gabriel.
Bengali wives will be relieved to hear that along with sex, Hall advocates a bit of gardening and
housework as well. “You can burn a lot of calories mopping the house,” Hall reckoned. Her home requires plenty of housework, not least because it has 26 rooms (almost certainly she has a maid or maids).
Her beauty regime consists of using olive oil as a body moisturiser — she gets through a bottle a week — and expensive face creams that cost £286 for a 50ml pot.
She is not a believer in Botox : “I am very against it. I think it looks silly — people with mean-looking eyebrows.”
Hall’s boyfriend has been named as Armand Leroi, professor of evolutionary developmental biology at Imperial College London. He has also presented TV documentaries on Charles Darwin.“I have a boyfriend, Armand, who I have been seeing since just after New Year,” revealed Hall. “He is lovely and very clever and very handsome.”
“I am really, really happy. I am very lucky – I feel really blessed in life.”
She is not bothered that the years are passing. “I think you feel less stressed at my age. You are not so bothered — everything is water off a duck’s back. It is something that happens with age; I am not bothered about anything. What will happen will happen.”
Meanwhile, Jagger is coping with life following the suicide of his partner L’Wren Scott. Now 70, he is being comforted by a 27-year-old ballerina.