One person who may be relieved that media titan Rupert Murdoch is divorcing Jerry Hall is the former supermodel’s longtime ex, Mick Jagger.
The Rolling Stones frontman was reportedly left “seething” when Murdoch, then 85, and Hall, then 59, surprised many by becoming romantically involved and then marrying in 2016, according to the Daily Mail. It’s not clear if Jagger had a problem with Murdoch’s politics, as the Australian billionaire controls right-leaning media outlets, including Fox News and the British Sun tabloid, but The Daily Mail said Jagger didn’t like the idea of Murdoch becoming part of his extended family.
Jagger and Hall had four children together during their 22-year relationship, and those children, who are all now adults, attended Hall and Murdoch’s wedding and were expected to have a relationship with the media mogul because of their mother.
“This means that Rupert Murdoch is going to become a part of his extended family, and Mick has a real problem with that,” an insider said at the time, according to the Daily Mail.
News broke Wednesday via the New York Timesthat Murdoch, 91, and Hall, 65, were divorcing after six years of marriage.
The New York Times report didn’t offer any reasons for the breakup. The report also didn’t say if either has filed divorce papers yet. Representatives for both Murdoch and Hall declined to comment when contacted by the New York Times.
The divorce signals the end of Murdoch’s fourth, and shortest, marriage. Hall and Jagger are never officially married, but she filed for divorce when they broke up in 1999, arguing that a ceremony they had on Bali in 1990 qualified as a legal marriage. However, a UK court ruled that their marriage was not valid under the law in either England or Indonesia, the BBC said.
When Hall and Murdoch wed at a centuries-old mansion in central London in 2016 they represented two wildly disparate worlds, as the Washington Post said. Hall and Murdoch’s October-December union also sparked rampant tabloid fascination.
Murdoch declared himself to be “the luckiest and happiest man in the world” when he married Hall. According to the New York Times, the hard-driving businessman decided to happily devote more time to his new wife, leaving room for his four oldest children to assert themselves at the top of his empire’s hierarchy.