Following Monday’s apparent suicide of longtime girlfriend and fashion designer, L’Wren Scott, 49, Mick Jagger, 70, better known as Rolling Stones’ front-man, has made a point to open up about his struggles to deal with her death.
At the time of her suicide, Scott and Jagger had been dating for 13 years. Her untimely death was quite a shock for the rock and roll legend, so much so that on Tuesday, Jagger took to his website and Facebook where he expressed his feelings surrounding the apparent suicide of his longtime girlfriend, L’Wren Scott. “I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way,” he wrote. “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.”
But Jagger isn’t the only one struggling to deal with Scott’s apparent suicide. The entire fashion industry has felt the shock waves following the famed designer’s death, and some have even taken exception with the way her death has been reported. Rather than emphasizing the fact that she was Jagger’s girlfriend, many believe the emphasis should be on who she was. “My thoughts are with Mick, but her name is L’Wren Scott, not Mick Jagger’s girlfriend,” fashion writer Nico Bellay tweeted. And a fan of her work wrote, “L’Wren Scott was a renowned designer, successful model and stylist. Can we not reduce her to being Mick Jagger’s girlfriend?”
In the wake of Scott’s death, the Rolling Stones, initially decided to cancel their upcoming concert scheduled for Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in Perth, Australia. However, they have now decided to cancel all seven of their remaining Australian and New Zealand 14 ON FIRE tour concert dates. The band has expressed deep sorrow and disappointment for canceling but hopes their fans can understand their decision. It is not known at this time when the concerts will be rescheduled. The only information that has been released at this point was by their promoters, Frontier Touring and Concerts West who advises concertgoers to “hold onto their tickets until new dates are announced.” And should those new dates not be suitable, “you will be able to secure a refund.”
Some sources say Jagger and Scott had split and were no longer a couple prior to the fashion designer taking her own life; however, a rep for Jagger says that is not the case and that they were still very much a couple at the time of her death. “There is absolutely no basis in fact to this story. It’s a horrible and inaccurate piece of gossip during a very tragic time for Mick.”
Jagger is currently spending time with his daughters, Elizabeth and Georgia May. Our thoughts are with all who loved and admired L’Wren Scott, especially her longtime beau, Mick Jagger as he continues to struggle with her apparent suicide. She will be missed.
Opinion By Donna W. Martin