Marianne Faithfull, the British singer who dated Mick Jagger in the late '60s, opened up on a BBC tell-all about her romance with the Rolling Stones frontman and her intimacy problems.
Faithfull, now 66, had a couple of successful singles in the 1960s, including "This Little Bird" and "As Tears Go By," but she quickly became entangled in a whirlwind of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.
Her habit got to be so bad, she said, that she could not be physically intimate with a partner without drugs or alcohol. Speaking on an upcoming episode of the BBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" Faithfull attributed her aversion to sex to the rapes of her mother and grandmother, The Telegraph reported.
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"I think my mother and her unconscious and unspoken loathing of men had a huge effect on me," she said. "It was a big problem for me in the Sixties, especially as I had to pretend that everything was so wonderful, wild, and sexual. But it really wasn't.
"It took me years, until the time I got to 50 or so, before I could be in a relationship and love and not have to take drink or drugs to have sex."
Faithfull got involved with Jagger in 1966 and she was supposedly the inspiration for the Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want." The two had a highly publicized relationship that ended in 1970, shortly after Faithfull suffered a miscarriage.
She told the BBC that the relationship left her scarred.
"He loved me and I loved him. I just walked away. I don't really know why," she said. "I had to move on. Of course it was very, very hard because I loved him."
Faithfull's episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?" is scheduled to air Sept. 18.
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