Ronnie Wood's ex-wife Jo offered drugs to her children
Hedonistic lifestyle ... Jo and Ronnie Wood. Photo: Getty Images
She was the self-confessed rock'n'roll wife of the Rolling Stone, Ronnie Wood, touring with the band in their heyday and bringing up her children in a world of "heady hedonism".
And Jo Wood's new memoirs are unlikely to disappoint, as she confesses that she even offered her children drugs to try when they were growing up.
Admitting that she may "perhaps" have been "irresponsible", Wood has confessed that she offered her 15-year-old daughter marijuana and her 16-year-old son a packet of cocaine.
Drugs in the home ... Jo Wood says she offered her daughter Leah, left, marijuana. Photo: Getty Images
The former model said that she wanted her offspring to take drugs "under my roof", as she believed that they could be better supervised at home.
Writing in her autobiography, which is published this week, the 57-year-old said that she offered her son, Tyrone, drugs at the age of 16 after finding that he had been tricked while trying to buy them.
In her book, Jo Wood: A Rock and Roll Fairytale, she said that she found a packet of what appeared to be marijuana in his room, which turned out to be dried herbs instead.
Happier times ... Ronnie and Jo Wood. Photo: Getty Images
She confesses that she then allowed him to try the real thing, so he would know what he was buying in the future.
"I also gave him a small packet of coke to try one evening," she said. "Irresponsible? Perhaps.
"But I would much rather he learned about these things under my roof, where I could keep an eye on him, rather than in some dodgy club
taking God knows what."
She also disclosed that she offered her daughter, Leah, who is now a successful model, a puff of a joint when she was 15. The teenager was horrified by the gesture, she added.
Wood, who was married to the Rolling Stone guitarist for 23 years, said that her children were often exposed to scenes of drug use as they grew up.
"They would see people smoke joints openly," she said. "There were times when they were quite small when they saw people doing lines of coke.
"We were a rock and roll family and I was open and honest."
It is not the first time that Wood has spoken of drug taking within her family, remaining open about the lifestyle that she led.
Wood, who appeared on the BBC One television programme, Strictly Come Dancing, in 2009, recently admitted to being an "after two o'clock mother", in a reference to her many late nights and long lie-ins.
Speaking on Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4 last week, she said of her children: "I think they just thought they had absent parents, actually.
"They were very young. Looking back I wish it hadn't happened; I wouldn't recommend it to anybody, but it just happened. We were out of control for a year, year and a half."
She appears to retain the full support of her children, Leah, Tyrone, Jamie, and her stepson, Jesse, who all attended a party to celebrate the book's release at Liberty in central London.
Ronnie Wood, who married 34-year-old Sally Humphreys in December, has not spoken publicly about the memoirs. He attended the NME awards to pick up trophies on behalf of the Rolling Stones during the party at the department store.
Jo Wood said she asked her former husband to give his opinion of the book, but admitted that he was "not a great reader" and may have just skimmed through it. "Everyone knows about his alcoholism and his infidelities, so I just went into a bit more detail, but there is loads of other stuff about my life," she said last week.
"I hand-delivered the book to him and I haven't heard back. If he was upset, he would be on the phone. Trust me, I know him."
The book is being published by Harper Collins. It has been advertised as a "raw and rollicking narrative from the eye of the storm", including a "never-before-heard account of the heady hedonistic Ronnie Wood years - the drugs, the roadies, the tours, and the booze - and a celebration of her new-found happiness".
The Telegraph, London