Mick Jagger says he is struggling to understand how his “lover and best friend” L’Wren Scott could take her own life.
The Rolling Stones frontman was in Perth with his bandmates on Tuesday preparing for the Australasian leg of their world tour when he was told the 49-year-old fashion designer had been found in her Manhattan apartment.
Jagger shared his feelings in a message on Facebook.
“I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way,” the 70-year-old wrote.
“We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves.
“She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me.
“I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the personal messages of support that I have received.
“I will never forget her.”
Post by Mick Jagger.
The New York Post reported Jagger had dumped Scott, but this was vehemently denied by his representatives.
Jagger and Scott were together for 13 years, longer than Jagger’s eight-year marriage to Bianca Jagger and nine years with Jerry Hall.
The Rolling Stones have postponed their entire tour of Australia and New Zealand.
The band said they were “deeply sorry and disappointed” to pull the dates.
“Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood wish to thank all of their fans for their support at this difficult time and hope that they will fully understand the reason for this announcement,” the statement said overnight.
They had been due to play six shows in Australia, beginning on Wednesday, and one stadium concert in New Zealand in April.
Jagger is expected to fly to New York.
Scott, who began an international modelling career after being discovered as a teenager in Utah, then became a Hollywood stylist before building a fashion design empire that branched out into selling handbags, eyeglasses and fragrances.
Scott’s company, however, was reportedly $US6 million ($A6.6 million) in debt.
Australian actress Nicole Kidman, who has an apartment in the same Chelsea building where Scott lived and where her body was found, was the designer’s most devoted A-List client.
Kidman regularly wore Scott designs to Oscar ceremonies and other red carpets.
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