Ex-Rolling Stones Wife Forced to Shutter Beauty Company in Divorce Battle
Though their high-profile split has been amicable, the divorce settlement between Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood and his soon-to-be-ex Jo will cost the rocker’s wife her beauty company, Jo Wood Organics. The couple split in 2008 after Ronnie walked out on Jo and their four children to live with an 18 year-old cocktail waitress he met on a bender at a gentleman’s club. Jo has been almost inconceivably gracious with the press, choosing kind words for her estranged lover of nearly 31 years, and focusing instead on her cosmetic line and her stint on Strictly Come Dancing, the UK’s version of Dancing With the Stars. But this week, Jo revealed she’ll have to close her organic cosmetics firm as part of the complicated arrangements for the divorce settlement.
In an interview with Hello! magazine, Jo insists she was willing to do anything possible to move on with the divorce settlement, even if it meant getting rid of her own company. “Ronnie and I have agreed on everything, and when my settlement comes through, I’ll be a happy girl,” she said. Despite the unfortunate settlement, Jo plans on moving forward with the company after the dust settles. “Luckily we didn’t owe much to the liquidators and I will be paying off the creditors personally. I’ll be relaunching Jo Wood Organics with a new business partner later this year.” The 55 year old says she feels confident about her business ventures because she’s found a new lease on life post Ronnie. “I can put my energy into myself instead of him,” she said.
Jo has been pioneering the organic lifestyle for 20 years. After time spent mixing oils for her own personal use, she launched Jo Wood Organics in 2005 to great fanfare, becoming a well-known advocate for organic living. She was voted one of Grazia magazine’s Women of the Year in 2008. The new line will most likely feature the same bestselling formulas, which include ingredients like Echinacea and Gingko Biloba. Rolling stones gather no moss, indeed.