Sally, however, wasn’t waiting in the wings – she had her own boyfriends – and admits she was surprised when, in 2011, they became involved. But there are also half-completed jigsaw puzzles all over the place. At this point, Ronnie comes down from his studio and answers my question simply. So now, instead, we watch 19 murder mysteries in a row. “When Aaron Paul [who played Jesse Pinkman in the show] came backstage at a gig,” reveals Sally, “that caused more pandemonium than even the band.” “We cracked the ice with him,” continues Ronnie. ’ and Patti [Keith’s wife] was like, 'Oh my God, get out of the way. ’ ” I ask Sally about the death of L’Wren Scott in March, while the band were on tour in Australia (they cancelled that leg in the wake of the news, and will return in the autumn), but she says it is not her story to talk about. While still relatively young, she is aware that time is precious.“We like them because they are very good for the brain,” says Sally simply. The Stones have just finished touring, and Sally organised a backgammon tournament for everyone. She recalls a friend who died in a car crash when he was just 25. I had a very good friend who I was working with when I was getting together with Ronnie, who said, 'You don’t have all the time in the world’. I mean, you can’t help but sometimes read the stuff online, where they say you’re wearing a nightmare pair of shoes or that you’re older/younger/thinner/fatter than whoever.
At just 36, she is three decades her husband’s junior, but in the words of Ronnie’s stepson Jamie, she is “no groupie – I can assure you of that”.They were a real power couple of the rock world but it wasn't to last.However, the pair's 34-year relationship came to a dramatic end in 2008 when he was caught cheating with 20-year-old Ukrainian cocktail waitress Ekaterina Ivanova.When will it flower, I ask, before realising that this is the unlikeliest question to put to a Rolling Stone.“Twice a year,” he shouts, “though other than that, I’ve got no f------ idea!