Legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has publicly apologized for comments he made about Mick Jagger, the band’s iconic lead singer; specifically, Richards is sorry for saying that Jagger needs to get a vasectomy.
Jagger–who is 73–and his most recent girlfriend had their first child together in late 2016, and Richards had some thoughts about the development: “Mick’s a randy old bastard,” said Richards in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. “It’s time for the snip—you can’t be a father at that age. Those poor kids!”
Richards swiftly reversed course and apologized over Twitter:
I deeply regret the comments I made about Mick in the WSJ which were completely out of line. I have of course apologised to him in person.
— Keith Richards (@officialKeef) February 28, 2018
Of course, aside from being none of Richards’ business, it’s funny listening to any member of the Rolling Stones chide another one for having too many kids. Given their infamous reputations as playboys, most of the band members can’t pass judgment on the matter. Richards himself has five children, bassist Ronnie Wood has six, and Jagger takes the cake with eight kids; drummer Charlie Watts only has the one, so he clearly slacked. With 20 kids between the four of them, it’s hard to believe that they’re an authority on birth control of any kind.
None of it seems like too big of a deal, though. Jagger and Richards have had their fair share of spats in the past; the two reportedly hate each other guts, something that almost 40 years’ worth of memoirs and exposés can attest to. For the moment, they still play nice enough to tour and land obscene amounts of money, and that’s probably enough motivation to keep the facade going.