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Newsflash: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards Have a Complicated Relationship

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Yes, we know that’s hardly the most shocking headline you’ll read today, but, with 50 years of being inextricably linked together, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards simultaneously love and hate each other. In a new interview, the Glimmer Twins open up about the true and complex nature of their relationship that makes the Rolling Stones so fascinating..

“You’ve got two very volatile guys who’ve been through a whole lot of stuff in their life and still somehow manage,” Keith told Esquire (via Vintage Vinyl News). “Sometimes I despise the man, others, I love that man so much. It’s like your brother. I never had one, so he’s my brother. That’s the way it is, bless his heart.”

Richards has often compared his relationship with Jagger to that of an old married couple. In October, he said, “If you was married to somebody for 50 years, you can have your little spats here and there, and we don’t mind having them in public occasionally. We can’t get divorced – we’re doing it for the kids!”

As if unaware of the irony, Jagger rebutted the notion in the Esquire interview. “People say the stupidest things and that’s one of the dumbest because it’s completely different from being married when you work with someone,” he said. “I work with Keith and I’ve known him for a long time.”

We hereby nominate Mick’s comment of “I work with Keith and I’ve known him for a long time” as the Understatement of the Year.

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