Ronnie Wood’s ex-wife Jo Wood speaks out on Rolling Stones icon’s cancer recovery

Ronnie Wood encourages fans to 'look after themselves'

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Ronnie Wood’s ex wife Jo Wood has broken her silence on his secret battle with a “rare and aggressive” small cell cancer, which he announced last month. The Rolling Stones icon shocked fans after admitting he had been struck down with the relentless illness for a second time during the first lockdown, three years after getting the all-clear from lung cancer. The guitarist, who celebrated his 74th birthday on Tuesday, has since “come through with the all-clear”, a huge relief for not only him and his family, but his fans too.

I think they caught it early as he has a history of cancer in his family

Jo Wood

Despite the good news, his ex Jo admitted it was a “very worrying” time for them all, but Ronnie is now “going to be fine”.

“I’m very proud of him,” she beamed in a new interview.

“I think they caught it early as he has a history of cancer in his family.”

She added to The Sun: “It was very worrying, especially for the kids, but he’s much better. He’s going to be fine.

“We’ve got all those grandchildren and children together, so I think it’s really important to have a good relationship. We’re all a family. It’s all good.”

The pair were married for 26 years before they separated in 2009 and divorced in 2011, but have remained close friends.

They share three children together – Leah, 42, Tyrone, 37, and adopted Jo’s son Jamie, 46.

Ronnie also has one child from his first marriage with Krissy Finlay – Jesse, 44.

The rocker is now married to his third wife, producer Sally Humphries, after tying the knot in 2012 and share four-year-old twins Gracie Jane and Alice Rose.

Sally also recently addressed her “amazing, positive” husband for coping so well, telling Hello! magazine recently: “Ronnie’s an amazing person with incredible strength and determination.

“He reads his meditation books and we focused on his treatment, his sobriety and resting as much as possible.”

Last month, the musician spoke out about his secret battle following his 2017 fight, that saw part of his lung removed during a five-hour operation.

He successfully beat the first bout, after 54 years of smoking 25 to 30 cigarettes a day.

The father-of-six previously told The Sun: “I had small cell more recently that I fought in the last lockdown.

“Throughout my recovery, you have to let it go. What will be will be, it’s nothing to do with me.”

Small-cell cancer is a fast-growing form of cancer, commonly found in the lungs and can affect areas including the bladder, prostate, pancreas and lymph nodes.

Symptoms of small cell lung cancer can include repeated chest infections, a cough, unexplained pain, tiredness, weight loss and breathlessness.

As a way to keep his mind at bay, the guitarist revealed he threw himself into his passion for painting, crediting it for “keeping him strong” during the lengthy four-month lockdown.

Ronnie said: “Art therapy was self-imposed in a way, especially in lockdown.

“The art has got me through it — to express and get lost. I’ve done so much work.”

He went on to explain he uses his photographic memory when it comes to painting his twin girls.

But despite having given up drink and drugs in 2009 after years of being a notorious “hell raiser”, Ronnie admits he’s going to live life to the full now he’s been given a “second chance”.

“I’m still nuts, still up all night. My energy comes after midnight,” he said.

“I am grateful every day for the continuance of this positive attitude.

“Everybody gets to fight in their own way, live their lives and survive.”

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