The Rolling Stones’ wild leader, Mick Jagger, is one of the greatest lotharios that the world has ever see. His notorious personal life has caused the singer to find himself in endless waves of trouble throughout his life and seen him pay out more in legal fees than he’d like to remember. His antics have also led to him having a place in the bad books of more people than you could imagine, including quite possibly Donald Trump who Jagger allegedly once wronged by having an affair with the current President’s then-girlfriend.
His band, having lived the archetypal rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle for over 50 years, has seen his carefree lifestyle honed down to the tee although they have found themselves in a more than a few scrapes over the years. While drugs and rock and roll were always more within his compatriot Keith Richards’ wheelhouse, Jagger famously landed himself the nickname as ‘Jagger the Shagger’ after reportedly sleeping with over 4,000 women.
Some years ago, Jagger was rumoured to have had a secret fling with Carla Bruni, who is currently the wife of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, and she is alleged to have had a three-year-long relationship of sorts with The Rolling Stones frontman from 1991 until around 1994. When the two met, the singer was still married to Jerry Hall which would eventually lead in divorce after it was discovered that he had had an affair with Brazilian model Luciana Gimenez Morad who, in turn, gave birth to Jagger’s seventh child in 1999. Jagger’s unofficial marriage to Hall was declared invalid, unlawful, and null and void shortly after but this wasn’t his only promiscuous behaviour during his marriage as Bruni can testify.
Bruni, a singer-songwriter who has had success in France in her own right, found herself withing an unusual love triangle when she met married man Jagger and, at the time, was also dating his friend Eric Clapton who allegedly begged The Stones man to not go after her. That wasn’t going to stand in Jagger and Bruni’s way, however, and the pair went on to start their lengthy affair which caused the end of her relationship to Clapton and allegedly overlapped with her next relationship with a certain Mr Donald Trump.
Trump would reportedly later remark that Bruni was “desperately stuck” on Jagger and that would then lead to a breakdown in their relationship. The lure of Jagger is one that evidently played in the mind of her current husband Nicolas Sarkozy who, apparently, turned down a Paris apartment for himself and his wife in the 2000s, allegedly over concerns about the singer being the next-door neighbour.
It would mark the beginning of an unlikely rivalry between the band and the future president after The Rolling Stones found themselves in a legal battle with Trump decades later, one that arose after he continued to use their songs at his campaign rallies. A statement from the band’s legal team said it was working with the performing rights organisation, the BMI, to stop the unauthorised use of their music.
The Trump campaign frequently used the song ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ during his rallies ahead of the 2016 election and even used it again in 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “The Rolling Stones do not endorse Donald Trump,” the band tweeted in 2016.
In a statement released in 2020, representatives for the group said that they had taken “further steps to exclude” Trump from using Rolling Stones material in future presidential campaigning was necessary after previous “cease and desist directives” had been ignored.
Is this Trump’s long-waited attempt at seeking revenge at Jagger for ruining a relationship of his almost 30 years ago? Surely nobody has that level of pettiness in them but yet again, this is Donald Trump we are talking about here so there’s a good chance that he believes he has had the last laugh.