Keith Richards says sorry to Mick Jagger

Documentary Shirkers will be shown on Netflix in Singapore at the end of this year. Keith Richards (above, second from left) had suggested that Mick Jagger (above, second from right) needed a vasectomy. Artist Zai Kuning built a 17m-long skeletal shi
Keith Richards (above, second from left) had suggested that Mick Jagger (above, second from right) needed a vasectomy. PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK • A Rolling Stone gathers no... babies.

But Keith Richards has now back-tracked from that sentiment, apologising to bandmate Mick Jagger on Wednesday after the guitarist suggested that the singer needed a vasectomy.

Richards had told The Wall Street Journal Magazine that Jagger is a randy old man.

"It's time for the snip - you can't be a father at that age. Those poor kids," he said.

Richards, 74, later tweeted that "I deeply regret the comments I made about Mick in the WSJ which were completely out of line", adding that he had also said sorry to Jagger in person.

The singer in December 2016 became a father for the eighth time, when he was 73.

His son, Deveraux Jagger, was born to his girlfriend Melanie Hamrick, a ballerina in New York who is four decades his junior.

The Stones have endured despite decades of hard-living and internal tumult. In 2010, Richards published a memoir, Life, in which he derided Jagger as a needy prima donna and said the other bandmates mocked him as "Her Majesty".

The latest incident comes just after the Stones announced a new tour of Europe to begin on May 17 in Dublin.

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