Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, the dynamic duo have been friends for more than 70 years. While the band The Rolling Stones has been a band for nearly a whopping 60 years in itself, the duo’s love-hate relationship has been a topic of matter for so many of us.
Both of them met at school when they were kids. They also lost contact with each other until they met each other again at a train station in 1961. This incident led them to create one of the best rock bands in the world, The Rolling Stones. This singer-guitarist duo has been the prime example of bromance around the world. But again, it doesn’t mean their relationship didn’t have ups and downs when it comes to their personal and professional lives.
The relationship between Mick and Keith was always strenuous. Over the years, there were constant insults and breakup rumors, with Richards throwing his random insults toward Jagger. While he has never held back on his comments, the thing to keep in our mind is that their friendly teasing has also caught wide attention from the media.
One, in particular, is when Richards joked about the size of Mick’s manhood. In his autobiography Life, he had written, “Marianne Faithfull had no fun with his tiny todger. I know he’s got an enormous pair of balls- but it doesn’t quite fill the gap.”
Of course, this made Jagger very mad and made Richards publicly apologize and straight up said that he would never tour for the band again if he doesn’t. Keith did apologize but wasn’t done with the mocking and revealed his nickname for Mick’s manhood which was “Your Majesty” or “Brenda”.
Keith also revealed how Jagger had become unbearable in the 1980s. He said, “I think Mick thinks I belong to him but I haven’t been to his dressing room in 20 years.” He also went on to say that Jagger was jealous of him having other male friends. He continued, “I love the man dearly- I’m still his mate- but he makes it very difficult to be his friend.”
Both of them have been through a lot. Their relationship has been great and has even looked sour a lot of times. Back in 2015, in an interview with NPR, he said, “I think the relationship is actually still in flux, or still growing — it isn’t fixed. Sometimes he can get up my end, and I have no doubt that I can certainly piss him off sometimes, At the same time, there’s a chemistry between us that we both recognize and that we know works. In a way, we’re both trying to come to terms with each other. Most guys, you know where you stand with. Mick and I don’t quite know how we stand with each other, and we never have.”
The mention of Mick’s manhood was not only the reason Jagger was mad. The entirety of the book caused big feuds between the pair. Despite all these, Keith says that there is not a lot that he dislikes about Mick Jagger. In an interview with The Sun in 2019, he talked about Jagger and The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts. He said,
“We’re working on the album,” Richards said. “We’ve got the first bits done and I’m looking forward to getting back in after this tour. Charlie Watts is playing his arse off! He’s absolutely amazing. It’s indescribable to find a drummer like Charlie Watts, exceptionally brilliant.”
“I can never praise Charlie enough and I can praise Mick Jagger 99% of the time, Mick knows what I mean and he’ll say the same about me. Things happen between Mick and me because it’s just two guys working together. You only hear about the odd bust-up. I love the man 99% of the time.”
The nature of these two has been very wild and as one of the most popular rock musicians, that’s very much expected. Despite their constant rumbles, they have been together and have given their best to their fans. They admit that their friendship has been stronger than ever and it always will be.