Jo Wood has admitted her grandchildren are aware of her drug-taking past as she reflected on her carousing days.
Recalling the conversation in an exclusive interview, Jo, 67, said: ‘My grandchildren asked me the other day if I had done any drugs, and I said, “Why?” And they said, “We want to know gran.”
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Now they call me Gangsta Granny!’ Jo Wood, 67, admitted her grandchildren know about her drug-taking past as she reflected on dating, refusing the jab and ignoring Ronnie’s birthday (pictured this month)
‘And I said, “Yes, well that was all part of rock n roll.” So now they call me gangster granny. It was the 13-year-old who asked. They just have to Google it don’t they, so that’s why I thought it better to be honest.’
The entrepreneur said that being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease – a long-term condition where the gut becomes inflamed – was a ‘big wake-up call’.
‘I was lucky, and very fortunate that I am not an addictive person, and when I decided I didn’t want to do it anymore, I was able to put it down. Not a lot of people can do that, and I got ill as well and that was a big wake-up call,’ she said.
Honest: The former wife of The Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood (pictured 1991) told how she has been labelled, ‘gangster granny’ by her ten grandchildren after they asked outright if she had taken any drugs
Jo eloped to Las Vegas in 1973 with her first husband, clothing entrepreneur Peter Greene. Their eldest son Jamie was born a year later but the marriage ended in 1976. A year later she met Ronnie.
They wed in 1985 and have two children, Leah and Tyrone. She also became stepmother to Ronnie’s son Jesse, from his first marriage. Much of their relationship was spent on the road with the Stones.
Her marriage to Ronnie, 75, ended in divorce in 2009 when he cheated on her with Ukrainian waitress Ekaterina ‘Katia’ Ivanova. He went on to marry theatre producer Sally Humphreys, 44, with whom he has four-year-old twin daughters.
Health: The entrepreneur said that being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease – a long-term condition where the gut becomes inflamed – was a ‘big wake-up call’ (pictured December 2019)
Despite their bitter divorce, the pair have remained firm friends, but their amicability doesn’t stretch to presents.
Of her ex’s recent 75th birthday, Jo said: ‘I just wished him a Happy Birthday. He’s in Madrid. I don’t buy him anything, and he doesn’t buy me anything. We don’t bother.’
Jo broke her ankle after falling down a staircase at her ex-husband’s home in Ireland in 18 years ago.
Marriage: Jo and Ronnie wed in 1985 and have two children, Leah and Tyrone. Despite their bitter divorce in 2009, the pair have remained firm friends (pictured September 1986)
The injury flared up again in April and she has said she won’t start dating again until her leg is healed: She said: ‘The actual cast came off last week, and then I was put into this boot.
‘I’ve still been exercising – I’ve been doing my upper body, but it’s the driving that I miss, and getting into the car. I have to call my daughter Leah to go to Waitrose, or if I need to go and post an order. To rely on people is really hard, especially as I’ve always been so independent. I’ve found out that’s the hardest thing actually.’
Elsewhere in the interview, Jo explained why she hasn’t received the Covid vaccination.
Ouch: Jo broke her ankle after falling down a staircase at her ex-husband’s home in Ireland 18 years ago and the injury flared up again in April – it’s not until her cast has been fully removed that she’ll consider dating
‘No, I’m an organic girl. I had Covid and I felt as I had Covid, then why would I need the vaccine? I’m not an anti-vaxxer, but I don’t believe that it was right for me.
‘I had antibody tests, and my antibodies were really high, why would I even think about getting the vaccine if I had high antibodies?
‘So I decided not to do it. I’m not against the vaccine, but because I believe in the immune system – it’s all for me about alternative lifestyle.’
Decision: Elsewhere in the interview, Jo explained why she hasn’t received the Covid vaccination, calling herself an ‘organic girl’ (pictured in March)