In a recent interview for U.K.’s DailyMail, The Rolling Stones icon Ronnie Wood‘s son Jamie talked about being raised in a rock and roll star’s house: ‘Drugs were normal in my family.’
The Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and model Jo Wood were married for 24 years up until their divorce in 2009. They had two children together and also Ronnie adopted Jo’s son Jamie. In 2008, right before their divorce, Ronnie was in and out of rehab for alcoholism. Since then, he has been a role model for those who try to quit their addictions.
During an interview for U.K.’s DailyMail, Jamie Wood opened up about his life at a rock and roll icon’s house. The 45-year-old son of Ronnie revealed the details of being exposed to drugs and alcohol during his childhood.
“Drugs were normal in my family. It was part and parcel of my upbringing. Drugs were normal in my family but outside they were demonized – no one would let their children come to my house after school.
Mom and dad used to party a lot and you could always smell cannabis in the house. It would waft up the stairs and when I was 9 or 10, I’d run downstairs and find ashtrays full of joints and help myself, then stash them behind the microphones.”
Furthermore, Jamie stated that this lifestyle had an impact on his choices in life:
“The problem was, I went to 17 different schools in three or four different countries. Whenever I had friends, they suddenly got taken away… I took heroin and cocaine. I was bad. I was partying hard.
Did partying contribute? I certainly damaged myself? What do you expect? I grew up in that environment. I thought it was natural for me to take drugs. Mom and dad always knew about the drugs but were pretty aware that I was going to make my own decisions.”
Wood also asserted that The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was aware of the situation and gave him some advice:
“He pulled me aside one day and said, ‘Jamie, there’s a difference between itching your a—and tearing it to pieces.’ I definitely had a few accidental slight overdoses as a kid. Although having plaque build-up in my artery and it causing a heart attack was probably more due to consistent smoking.”
He also mentioned how Ronnie’s reaction against his addiction changed after getting sober:
“I got upset with him. The biggest drug-taker in the world was telling me what to do. I didn’t take too kindly to it. I did recently apologize and tell him he was probably right and that I was in denial about the cannabis, but I thought he could have handled it better.”
In October 2017, Jamie had a heart attack at the age of 42. He talked about the effects of it on his decision to take action:
“My family was crying on the bed. It wasn’t nice. Then the doctor came in and said I had to make some life changes and give up smoking. I’d always been a heavy smoker. But there’s nothing like four kids crying to shock you into being a good boy.”
Click here to read the entire interview with Jamie Wood.