She was once known for living a life of excess, filled with all the traps of wealth and fame.
But today, aged 70 and increasingly frail, Marianne Faithfull lives in a slightly more sober environment, even if she retains the glamor of her youth.
A new profile of former lover Mick Jagger offers a glimpse into the current life of the ’60s hedonism icon; having traded Swinging London for a modest Parisian apartment, and rock and roll evenings for time spent with the grandchildren and lonely walks around Montparnasse.
Marianne also reveals in The Maverick Soul, a collaboration between interior designer Miv Watts – actress Naomi’s mother – and photographer Hugh Stewart, how she is often struck by loneliness in her Left Bank apartment filled with trinkets, souvenirs and works of art. , and how she refuses to dwell on the “stupid” and oft-repeated rumors of an incident involving Marianne, Mick and a Mars Bar.
Timeless: Marianne wears her pajamas to her office in her Parisian apartment. Porcelain tea sets are displayed in the display case
Icon of the 60s: Marianne with Mick Jagger outside the courthouse in 1969. Right, with Keith Richards’ lover, Anita Pallenberg in 1967
Comfort at home: An avid reader, Marianne keeps half of her bed covered with books to prevent people from sitting on them, she said
Decades after her days on the road with the Stones, Marianne’s nod to this famous turbulent time in her life comes in the form of a framed collage of slanderous reports of notorious history – a gift from the artist Richard Hamilton.
Marianne et le Mars Bar: The wild night that has become rock folklore
It all started with a drug raid on Keith Richards’ country mansion in Sussex in the 1960s.
Legend has it that the police discovered Marianne – who was reportedly naked but for a fur rug – with Mick Jagger, who was eating a Mars bar inside her vagina.
People close to Faithfull – who herself describes the stories as “silly” in Maverick Soul – have said there is no truth to the story.
Richards himself stated in a 2010 memoir that even though there were Mars bars out there – as the craving for sugar is a side effect of taking LSD – Marianne’s story was a myth.
As for her tumultuous love affair with Jagger, with whom she spent four years in the late 1960s, the fact that she chose to hang a photo of the couple in the bathroom seems revealing. “The best place for it,” she told the author. “I have no nostalgia for that time.
Writing in the book, Watts describes Marianne’s “little apartment” as “quite humble and full of family heirlooms”, noting that the singer is “not rich by rock star standards”.
The profile suggests that Faithfull leads a somewhat lonely life in her adopted country of France. Watts rates his cane and Chanel handbag as two essentials of his days, which usually begin with a stroll along the boulevards of Paris.
The singer and songwriter, who recently performed in the city’s Bataclan concert hall a year after being targeted by terrorists, reportedly urged Watts to “come back and see me soon, honey,” adding: ” I feel very lonely and enjoy our little chats. ‘
The voracious reader also joked about the deliberate placement of a stack of books on one side of her bed.
“It keeps people from sitting on the bed, let alone even thinking about getting in,” said the woman whose personal life made headlines around the world.
Marianne suffers from pain due to fractures in recent years and leans on her cane to help her in her morning walks, when she goes on stage and, notes the author, “to make a point”.
Memories: Family photos sit next to a handwritten note from Keith Richards written on personalized stationery featuring a skull and crossbones: “My dear Marianne, love for you. A very good record! Happy New Year !! ‘
Chic: The small terrace is covered with plants, to the left. To the right, a stack of books is stacked on a chair next to a dark wooden desk
Thick as Thieves: LR Mick Jagger, Marianne, Anita Pallenberg and Keith Richards. Faithfull always has a card from Richards that says, “My dear Marianne, we love you. A very good record! Happy New Year !! ‘
Marianne in her prime: Writing in the book, Watts describes Faithfull’s “little apartment” as “quite humble and full of heirlooms
Marianne pictured with Mick Jagger in London after pleading not guilty to possession of cannabis in 1969
The singer has kept precious memories that bring back her years of traveling and playing with the Rolling Stones.
Faithfull lost custody of her son, Nicholas, (pictured together left) during the distress of her heroin addiction in the 1970s
Art is everywhere in her apartment, including pieces by Martin Sharp, Francis Bacon and Marlene Dumas.
There are also memorabilia that bring back his years of traveling and playing with the Rolling Stones.
Despite her avowed lack of nostalgia for her years with Jagger, she still seems to love Keith Richards, with whom she also had sex.
Inside glimpse: The large rooms of Faithfull’s apartment have been photographed for a portrait from a new book, shown at right
On a side table is a handwritten note from Keith Richards, written in capital letters on personalized writing paper featuring a skull and crossbones: “My dear Marianne, we love you. A very good record! Happy New Year !! ‘
Faithfull was born to Baroness Eva Erisso, descendant of an Austro-Hungarian aristocratic family, and Major Robert Glynn Faithfull, a British wartime spy, left when his daughter was six to join a town in London, but now lives happily in Paris.
Faithfull lost custody of her son, Nicholas, during the throes of her heroin addiction in the 1970s, but is said to have a close bond with her grandchildren now.
She also has a “supportive” relationship with her first husband and Nicholas’ father, artist John Dunbar, to whom she was married for a year in the mid-1960s.
She then married punk rocker Ben Brierly and American writer Giorgio Della Terza, whom she divorced in 1991.
Faithfull describes her life as “often lonely”, although her days are busy. She spends the morning walking her dogs, one of which appears in the photographs, and the afternoons writing songs and planning concerts.
Speaking to Watts, she added, “I was going to write another book. But shit! I can not write. But I can write a song and that’s what I am! ‘
The Maverick Soul by Miv Watts and Hugh Stewart, published by Hardie Grant, £ 30