EXCLUSIVE: ‘Now they call me Gangsta Granny!’ Jo Wood, 67, admits her grandchildren know about her drug-taking past as she reflects on dating, refusing the jab and ignoring Ronnie’s birthday!
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 April, and it’s not until her cast has been fully removed that she’ll consider dating.
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)
She added of her injury: ‘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 in April, and 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)
CROHN’S DISEASE EXPLAINED
Crohn’s disease is a long-term condition that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system.
Inflammation most commonly occurs in the last section of the small or large intestine but it can affect any part of the digestive system.
Common symptoms can include:
- abdominal pain
- fatigue (extreme tiredness)
- unintended weight loss
- blood and mucus in your faeces (stools)
Remission occurs when people with the disease go long periods of time without symptoms however these periods can be followed by flare ups of symptoms.
Why it happens
The exact cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown. However, research suggests a combination of factors may be responsible. These include:
genetics – genes you inherit from your parents may increase your risk of developing Crohn’s disease
the immune system – the inflammation may be caused by a problem with the immune system that causes it to attack healthy bacteria in the gut
previous infection – a previous infection may trigger an abnormal response from the immune system
smoking – smokers with Crohn’s disease usually have more severe symptoms than non-smokers
environmental factors – Crohn’s disease is most common in westernised countries such as the UK, and least common in poorer parts of the world such as Africa, which suggests the environment has a part to play