Ronnie Wood spent the first night he met Ekaterina Ivanova snorting cocaine.
The Rolling Stones guitarist’s former lover Ekaterina – also known as Katia – has claimed he invited her to stay in a luxury hotel suite with him and took the class A drug as they got acquainted with one another.
Katia - who initially got to know Ronnie, 62, when he came to drink in a bar where she worked as a waitress - explained: “I sat next to him with a cigarette and I dropped some ash on his trousers.
“He said, ‘You’ve just ashed my trousers.’ I looked him up and down and said, ‘I don’t give a f**k.’
“He just went, ‘I love you.’ Basically, I was rude, he was sleazy and we kind of bounced off each other.
“A group of us went on to The Hempel Hotel in west London and stayed up all night doing cocaine and drinking.
“I don’t know whose coke it was, but it just appeared on the table and Ronnie did some and so did I. Maybe four or five lines.
“I ended up passing out on his bed, but we spent the next two days together.”
Katia and Ronnie’s relationship blossomed, even though he was married at the time. The pair eloped to Ireland for a drinking holiday in July 2008 and after returning Ronnie entered rehab. He was expected to rejoin his family after he had completed the stint, but instead left his wife of 23 years Jo for the 21-year-old beauty.
Katia is adamant “no two people have ever been so in love” to begin with, but after five months together Ronnie relapsed into drinking and taking drugs, ruining their relationship which ended in December.
She added in an interview with The Sun newspaper: “He would never drink in the mornings if I was around. But if I went out, I’d come back and find him drunk. I tried reasoning with him, nagging him, taking him to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Nothing stopped him for more than a few weeks.
“We moved in together straight away, it was very intense and passionate and in the end it was too much.”
The pair finally split after Ronnie assaulted Katia in public following a night out in Surrey.