There is no question that Mick Jagger has romanced a lot of women in his day. (Well, "romanced" might not be the right word.) But a new biography Mick: The Wild Life And Mad Genius Of Jagger by Christopher Anderson plumbs the depths of this rock star’s insatiable libido, revealing the details of how he stole former French First Lady Carla Bruni away from Eric Clapton and also got shot down by none other than Angelina Jolie.
Jagger met Carla Bruni, then a 23-year-old model and heiress, in 1990 while on the Urban Jungle tour. But she wasn’t just a pretty woman following the tour: she was on the arm of Jagger’s friend Eric Clapton. And Clapton was in love, Mick claims. But that didn’t stop Jagger and Bruni from carrying on a "clandestine affair," as Clapton put it. It crushed Clapton and did not please Jagger’s main lady, Jerry Hall, either. Poor Hall learned exactly what looking the other way entailed when Jagger flew off to Thailand with Bruni while Hall was laying in the hospital with their newborn daughter. For her part, Bruni promised her boyfriend in a note (which was found by Hall), "I’ll be your mistress forever."
Their affair didn’t quite turn out to last "forever": Carla Bruni notably moved on to both publisher Jean-Paul Enthoven and his son (!), the philosopher Raphael Enthoven, and later to the French President Nicolas Sarkozy. And Mick moved on, too: Mick reports that the singer fell head over heels for Angelina Jolie while she played the part of a stripper in a Rolling Stones video.
Mick — like every other dude on the planet — was turned on by Angelina’s dark side, saying "She scares me a little. I like that." Jagger pursued her ardently and yet she felt mostly apathetic; they carried on together for years while she was dating other men and starring in increasingly high-profile movie roles. One wonders if they never quite gelled as a couple because Jolie was not content to merely be a rock star’s girlfriend but to be an A-lister in her own right.
The revelations in Mick may not be news to Rolling Stones-philes. But for anyone who needs the gaps filled in their rock star history, Mick would seem to do the trick.
Francois Hollande, a Socialist, beat tiny modelizer Nicholas Sarkozy in their race to the French presidency. Hollande, who has promised to tax those making more than a million euros a year at 75%, is known for saying ““Austerity need not be Europe’s fate.” France’s first elected Socialist president will take office May 15, right around the time we suspect Carla Bruni will develop a crush on him. [NYT]
A new single from indie rock favorites Animal Collective won’t be available until later in the summer, but late Sunday night the band shared the 7-inch’s tracks, “Honeycomb” and “Gotham,” via their website. [Animal Collective]
During an appearance on Meet The Press Sunday, Vice President Joseph Biden revealed that he is “absolutely comfortable with…men marrying men, and women marrying women,” a stance that doesn’t exactly jive with the White House’s stance on marriage. Less progressive? Biden’s pop-culture knowledge. The Veep went on to say, “When things really began to change is when the social culture changes. I think Will & Grace probably did more to educate the American public than almost anybody’s ever done so far. People fear that which is different. Now they’re beginning to understand.” [MTP]
Bloom, the new album from Baltimore’s own Beach House — a record we reviewed a week ago — has finally been made available to the listening public. Or at least the listening public that hasn’t yet downloaded a leaked copy. Check out the record our reviewer called “artful and captivating. [NPR]
● Jessica Simpson is, just like everyone thought, pregnant! She was just waiting until she had a magazine deal — this one with OK! bringing in a reported $500,000, hopefully deposited directly into the nascent child’s college fund — confirmed before she would say so. [OK!] ● Lindsay Lohan was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs yesterday after the judge ripped on her acting career (“She is supposed to be an actress from what I hear.”), admonished her to start doing her community service, and, ultimately, revoked her probation. Lindsay immediately posted the $100,000 bail, and is set to return to court November 2nd. If you must, the mugshot. [NYP] ● Carla Burni and French President Nicolas Sarkozy welcomed une peitite fille into the world yesterday evening. [People]
● Kate Winslet was on hand yesterday while her new boyfriend, Ned Rocknroll, and his uncle, Richard Branson, launched their new “high-end spaceport” far out into the galaxy. [Us] ● Maroon 5 heartthrob Adam Levine warned Fox News against using his music on their “evil fucking channel ever again.” And then he said, “Thank you,” which was nice. [Huff Post] ● River Phoenix’s final film, Dark Blood, is being cut for release 18 years after Phoenix’s sudden and untimely, mid-shoot death. [THR]
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● Tila Tequila will allegedly reveal her secret ecstasy addiction on a forthcoming season of Celebrity Rehab. Now she’s going to be such a bummer. [Radar] ● 50 Cent lost 60 pounds on a liquid diet to play a man suffering from cancer in an upcoming film, lending himself to jokes about how now he’s “closer to 30 Cent.” The math indicates more like -10. [ThisIs50] ● Did Matt Lauer have an affair with Alexis Houston, a scam artist singer who used to be a man? She says no! [Page Six]
● The C.I.A. once plotted to undermine the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein with a fake gay sex tape, making our nation’s security forces something like a giant fraternity. But we already knew that. [Guardian] ● French first lady Carla Bruni was featured on a recently resurfaced 1996 game show clip speaking about all sorts of dirty things, like being French and having breasts. [Frisky] ● Apple is officially worth more than Microsoft; nerds rejoice. [WaPo]
You can take the First Lady out of America, but you can’t take American designers off the First Lady. Michelle Obama is probably well past her first meeting with the Queen of England at this point, and, while photos of what she wore to tea with Queen Liz haven’t surfaced yet, rest assured she’s wearing something American-made. Mrs. Obama is in London accompanying her husband as he greets the G-20 summit; her wardrobe choices thus far have only solidified the fact that her style doesn’t change whether she’s in Washington or across the pond. For the flight over the Atlantic in Air Force One yesterday, Mrs. Obama donned a dress and coat from First Lady designer favorites Thakoon and Michael Kors, respectively. Then, for her descent into London post-sunset, she changed into a vibrant yellow Jason Wu dress. This morning, it was back to J.Crew; Mrs. O slipped on a sparkly cardigan and an understated jacquard pencil skirt from the retailer for afternoon meetings with Britain’s First Lady, Sarah Brown.
What’s interesting is Michelle Obama’s allegiance to American designers, not to mention her lack of fear of letting loose once the sun goes down. Or, as Cathy Horyn put it: transforming “from prim white to rock star Michelle.” For her part, Tina Brown muses on what makes the First Lady’s style especially appealing to a British audience: “her casual elegance feels as if it came out of her own closet on her own salary. The clean lines of Mrs. Obama’s jewel-colored shift dresses, skinny cardigans, and ballet flats have that effortless air that always gets high marks in dress-down Britain, where ‘she’s trying too hard’ is the ultimate putdown.” It’s a far cry from the style of another fashionable First Lady, points out Brown. Specifically, that of supermodel Carla Bruni-Sarkozy on her premiere trip to meet the Queen: “That fake-demure little Dior suit she wore to lunch with Queen Elizabeth seemed in retrospect like the kind of get-up a reformed hooker might wear to meet her latest CEO for lunch at the Savoy.” Maybe it’s a good thing France’s First Lady chose to skip this particular trip abroad.
● First lady Carla Bruni is suing mad at clothes company Pardon, who are releasing a bag where the singer and French First Lady appears nude. [British Vogue] ● The artwork for Grace Jones’ latest album, Hurricane, features life-size versions of the singer made of chocolate. [CR] ● The American Film Institute has released their picks of the best movies and TV shows of the year. Topping the list are The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Breaking Bad. [AFI]
● In these rough economic times, you can find some good deals — Kohl’s and Forever 21 are expanding to Mervyn’s old locations, which they bought at auction last week. [WWD] ● Current Charm School and former Rock of Love contestant Megan Hauserman claims Sharon Osbourne attacked her at the Charm School reunion show. Keep it classy ladies! [TMZ] ● It’s time to look back at the best fashion parties of the year, from the Gucci UNICEF soiree to the MET gala. [WWD]
It’s no secret that France’s first lady, Carla Bruni, is no slouch when it comes to fashion. The former model is more often than not photographed wearing garb from local fashion house like Dior and Hermes. And she’s likewise been credited with vastly improving the style of her hubby, French president Nicolas Sarkozy. But with a new handbag sourced in South Africa, Bruni is making a fashion statement that’s both stylish and socially conscious.
Currently exclusively on sale at Colette is the Carla Bag, a yellow, red, blue, green, white, and black hessian and cotton handbag made by a sewing cooperative in Khayelitsha, South Africa. Bruni was presented with the custom handbag on a past visit to the co-op, and now proceeds from the sale of its limited-edition reproductions (of which there will be 420) will go towards establishing a new cooperative in Khayelitsha. While the bags aren’t cheap (they’re marked at €100 each), the cause without a doubt provides a worthwhile excuse to shop. Not to mention it’s refreshing for political fashion news of late to include an element of social responsibility. And I’m not talking Sarah Palin’s claim that she’ll donate her $150,000 Saks wardrobe for some vague “charitable purpose” post-Tuesday.
That’s the auction price fetched by a 1993 photograph of French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, in case you were wondering. The photo — estimated as worth $4,000 pre-auction — “was bought by an anonymous bidder on behalf of a collector.” For more, bounce over to our profile of Carla Bruni from the April issue of BlackBook.
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy — the newly minted wife to French president Nicolas Sarkozy — is visiting the UK today along with her husband. Coincidentally, London-based auction house Christie’s announced that, in April, they would be auctioning off a nude photo of the first lady of France. The photo, taken in 1993 by photographer Michel Comte, is estimated at $3,000 to $4,000 in value. For more on the lady in question before her marriage to Sarkozy, check out our interview with Carla Bruni in the April issue of BlackBook.