One person who might be glad that media titan Rupert Murdoch is divorcing Jerry Hall is longtime former supermodel Mick Jagger.
According to the Daily Mail, the Rolling Stones frontman was left to simmer when Murdoch, then 85, and Hall, then 59, surprised many by becoming romantically involved and then getting married in 2016. It’s unclear if Jagger had problems with Murdoch’s politics as the Australian billionaire controls right-wing media including Fox News and the British tabloid Sun, but The Daily Mail reported that Jagger doesn’t like the idea of Murdoch becoming part of his extended family.
Jagger and Hall had four children in their 22 years of relationship, and these now grown children attended Hall and Murdoch’s wedding and were expected to have a relationship with the media mogul because of their mother.
“It means that Rupert Murdoch will become part of his extended family, and Meek has serious problems with this,” an insider said at the time, according to the Daily Mail.
News broke in the New York Times Wednesday that Murdoch, 91, and Hall, 65, were divorcing after six years of marriage.
The New York Times report gives no reason for the breakup. The report also does not say whether they have filed for divorce. Representatives for Murdoch and Hall declined to comment when contacted by The New York Times.
The divorce marks the end of Murdoch’s fourth and shortest marriage. Hall and Jagger were never officially married, but she filed for divorce when they separated in 1999, claiming that the ceremony they held in Bali in 1990 was considered a legal marriage. However, a British court ruled that their marriage was not valid under the laws of either England or Indonesia, according to the BBC.
When Hall and Murdoch wed in a centuries-old mansion in central London in 2016, they were two completely disparate worlds, according to The Washington Post. Hall and Murdoch’s October-December alliance also drew unbridled tabloid attention.
Murdoch declared himself “the luckiest and happiest man in the world” when he married Hall. According to the New York Times, the energetic businessman has decided to happily devote more time to his new wife, leaving room for his four oldest children to establish himself at the top of his empire’s hierarchy.
Shortly after the wedding, the Daily Mail reported that “the couple couldn’t help smiling on their faces” at the gala in New York. At Murdoch’s 90th birthday celebration last year at the upscale Tavern on the Green restaurant in Central Park, Hall appeared to adore her husband, the New York Times added.
If Jagger objected to Hall marrying Murdoch, he probably didn’t have much to say, given that the rocker subjected her to endless womanizing during their relationship. They eventually broke up after she found out he was having an affair with Brazilian model Luciana Jiménez, who gave birth to Jagger’s seventh child the same year.
In a 2005 interview with the Evening Standard, the Texas native Hall spoke about Jagger’s serial infidelities and how she kept forgiving him “to the point where it wasn’t great at all.” She also admitted that she “still loves” Jagger, but their relationship was so “unhealthy” that it left her “so depressed” and “unhappy”.