Jerry Hall served Rupert Murdoch divorce papers as he boarded jet after granddaughter’s wedding
BY JESSICA GREEN FOR MAILONLINE
After six years of marriage, Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall are to divorce, leaving the Texan model single again at 65.
Miss Hall has never been short of admirers since she burst onto the fashion scene after being discovered sunbathing in the south of France in the 1970s, however her love life has been anything but plain sailing.
She tied the knot with the Rolling Stones frontman, who she met in 1976, on a beach in Bali in 1990, however, their supposed marriage was deemed void by the UK high court following their split.
It was another humiliation for Miss Hall, after putting up with the rocker’s notorious philandering for years, admitting she ‘forgave, and forgave, and forgave’ to an ‘unhealthy’ extent.
Her union with Mick wasn’t her first star-studded relationship, with the Texas native dating singer Bryan Ferry before her relationship with Jagger and appeared on the cover of his 1975 album Siren.
The couple became engaged, but she was wooed away from Ferry by Jagger.
Friends of the 91-year-old media tycoon Mr Murdoch and 65-year-old model, who wed in March 2016, were left ‘surprised’ by their sudden split, The New York Times said.
The union was the fourth marriage for Mr Murdoch, who is worth an estimated $17 billion, while it was technically Hall’s first marriage after her 22-year relationship – and four children – with Sir Mick Jagger.
Here, FEMAIL takes a look back at Hall’s varied loved life.
Bryan Ferry and Jerry Hall posed together in the Amstel Hotel in 1976 in Amsterdam
BRYAN FERRY: 1975 – 1977
Miss Hall is best known for her relationship with Jagger – however, she had a star-studded relationship history long before meeting him.
She moved to Paris as a model in the 70s and in 1975, in the guise of a mermaid, Hall appeared on the cover of her boyfriend Bryan Ferry’s latest record album, Roxy Music’s Siren.
Despite the age difference – Hall was 19 and Ferry was 30 – they started dating.
Five months later, the lead singer proposed to MIssHall and their professional and personal relationship continued, with her appearing in the video for Ferry’s 1976 solo hit, Let’s Stick Together.
By now, Hall was one of the most photographed models of her era, truly one of the first to gain the status of ‘supermodel’ and from the front covers of Vogue and Cosmopolitan magazines to the social pages of every publication, a woman instantly synonymous with glamour.
The girl from Texas was also earning a daily fee of $1000. The gossip columns would say that Hall met Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger at a dinner party in Manhattan and left Bryan Ferry for him.
But as Hall later revealed in her 2010 autobiography, Tall Tales, Jagger pursued her while she was still a teenager and engaged to Ferry, eventually seducing her in 1977.
Together, Jagger and Hall partied at the notable nightclubs of the day, Studio 54 and 21 Club in New York. Ferry would later write the song Kiss and Tell about Hall’s infidelity.
MICK JAGGER: 1977 – 1999
Hall was previously in a long-term relationship with Rolling Stones rocker Mick Jagger, with whom she shares four children – Elizabeth, 38, James, 36, Georgia May, 30, and Gabriel, 24.
However the two parents, who met in 1976, never officially tied the knot during their 22-year relationship together.
While Hall’s marriage to Murdoch marked her first official walk down the aisle – she and Jagger did have an unofficial marriage ceremony in Bali in 1990, however that was deemed void by the UK high court following their split.
They went through a legal battle over whether or not their 1990 Bali wedding service had been official after she filed for divorce in 1999. Her split from Jagger left her with an estimated settlement of up to $22 million.
The former supermodel, who was born in Texas, said she had thought that the marriage was ‘valid’ and that – as a result – the pair would need to go through official divorce proceedings.
However, a high court judge in the UK declared that the ceremony was not valid under British or Indonesian law and he therefore declared the marriage null and void.
In 2005, Hall opened up about her feelings over Jagger’s alleged womanizing during their relationship.
She told the Evening Standard that she ‘forgave, and forgave, and forgave and forgave to the point where it wasn’t very healthy at all’, adding: ‘Sure, he wasn’t a great husband, and I could gripe and grouse, but I think that’s old hat.’
She also confessed at the time that she ‘still loved’ Jagger, but that their relationship had been so ‘unhealthy’, it had left her ‘so depressed’ and ‘unhappy’.
‘I still love him. But it made me so unhappy. I was unable to do anything because I felt so depressed,’ she said. ‘If you’re in an unhealthy relationship, it’s bad for your self-esteem. You have so many ups and downs that you can’t be consistent…’
In 2008, Hall insisted she would never want her daughters to date a man like Jagger in an interview with Psychologies magazine.
She said: ‘No, never. But I don’t think they would. They have far more confidence than I did, and they have great boundaries. It took me longer to learn those.’
Hall shares four children – Elizabeth, 38, James, 36, Georgia May, 30, and Gabriel, 24 – with Jagger (pictured together in the ’80s)
Hall conceded she had put up with the star’s behavior for too long.
She said: ‘I always thought he would change, and that was my big mistake. People don’t change, unless they really want to, and you can’t make them.
‘I probably stayed with him for longer than I should have done. All I can say is that I really loved him, and he really loved me, in spite of all the other women.’
At the time of Hall and Murdoch’s wedding in 2016, sources reported that Jagger was ‘seething’ over the union, with one friend saying that the rocker ‘had a real problem’ with the idea of the Australian media tycoon becoming a part of his family.
‘This means that Rupert Murdoch is going to become a part of his extended family, and Mick has a real problem with that,’ the insider claimed.
Hall reportedly ended things with Jagger after he had a child with Brazilian model Luciana Gimenez, but the former couple remain close friends.
Sangster was married to Susan Sangster (pictured) at the time. In 2015, Hall revealed to Radio Times that she embarked on an affair of her own with wealthy horse breeder Robert Sangster in order to give Jagger a taste of his own medicine in 1982
ROBERT SANGSTER: 1982
In 2015, Hall revealed to Radio Times that she embarked on an affair of her own with wealthy horse breeder Robert Sangster in order to give Jagger a taste of his own medicine in 1982.
Although her retaliation initially worked, in the end she was forced to realize Jagger would never change.
Commenting on his philandering and the incessant lies he told her, Jerry was asked if she ever sought revenge at which point she re-opened the story of her dalliance.
‘I did [want revenge]. At one point I went off and had an affair with somebody else. Robert Sangster. So lovely. Horse breeder. Then Mick would beg me back.’
She admitted the fling, which she claimed only lasted a couple of weeks, made her feel good; empowered, and was the only one during her 22-year relationship with the rockstar.
‘The only big time. I thought Mick would eventually change, but he didn’t,’ she said.
Hall’s 1982 affair with Sangster, who passed away aged 67 from cancer in 2004, was well-publicized and one she is reported to have described as a ‘disaster’.
However her interview with the Radio Times was believed to be the first time she admitted she was motivated by a desire to seek revenge.
She added: ‘He [Jagger] never annoyed me. Not little things. I mean his actions with other women were pretty bad but that was the only thing that annoyed me. Not little things.
‘I mean his actions with other women were pretty bad but that was the only thing that annoyed me. He didn’t annoy me day-to-day.
‘He denied everything [the affairs] to the last. Well, I think most men do. He eventually had a baby with somebody else.’
Her relationship with Sangster started when she found out Jagger was cheating on her with Italian model Carla Bruni.
She had intercepted a fax from Miss Bruni to Jagger which read ‘Let’s spend the night together’ and was naturally furious.
She went off travelling with Sangster, who was married to Susan Sangster at the time, in an apparent attempt to make her man jealous.
Her plan worked. Within a year Jagger and Jerry, soon pregnant with their first child, Elizabeth, were back together.
Jerry dated Paramount film producer George Waud for two years after her split from Mick Jagger
GEORGE WAUD: 2000 – 2001
He was 11 years her junior and four inches shorter, but Hall, then 44, wasn’t shy about gushing over her romance with film producer George Waud, who she dated for nearly two years after splitting from Mick.
‘He is way, way, way too young for me, but there it is,’ she said at the time. ‘Go with the flow. He’s gorgeous, he’s smart, he’s single. And he thinks he isn’t good-looking which makes him all the more attractive.’
She met Waud in August 1999, just after she had received a £10million parting settlement from Jagger.
He’s the son of millionaire Guy Pierre D’Abzac Waud, a former member of the council of the Distressed Gentle-folk’s Association and a consultant to the American School in Cobham, Surrey.
Waud, who read Fine Arts at Oxford, was a film producer with Paramount when he and Hall started dating, and used to go out with Cecilia Peck, daughter of the Hollywood star, Gregory.
The couple split in the summer of 2001.
A few months after her split from Waud, Hall moved on with another toyboy – albeit a less diminutive one. Then 45, she met London banker Tim Attias, 35, through the Kabbalah, an offshoot of Judaism to which she is devoted
TIM ATTIAS: 2001 – 2002
A few months after her split from Waud, Hall moved on with another toyboy – albeit a less diminutive one.
Then 45, she met London banker Tim Attias, 35, through the Kabbalah, an offshoot of Judaism to which she is devoted.
The confirmed bachelor had a formidable reputation as a ladies’ man and friends said it was not uncommon for him to have up to five women on the go at once.
A keen polo player, he ran a team from Lord Cowdray’s estate in West Sussex, costing him up to £500,000 a year – which was not a problem with bonuses from his job with investment bankers ABN Amro said to be in the region of £2million.
During their ‘intense fling’ he whisked Hall off to Mustique and invited her to parties at his £1.5million Notting Hill home in West London.
Friends said he was besotted, with one adding: ‘It is all Tim can talk about.’
However, it was reportedly Hall who ended things, saying she wasn’t ready to commit to a serious relationship again.
Hall met Warwick Hemsley in Perth, Australia, in September 2010 while starring in The Graduate, in which she played seductress Mrs Robinson
WARWICK HEMSLEY: 2010 – 2012
Hall met Warwick Hemsley in Perth, Australia, in September 2010 while starring in The Graduate, in which she played seductress Mrs Robinson.
The property tycoon, thought to be worth £30million at the time, followed her back to London when the 21-performance run of The Graduate ended.
He crossed to the other side of the world and even moved in with her in October 2010, just weeks after they met and fell for each other.
‘I’ve never seen her so relaxed,’ a member of the West London ladies-who-lunch set, of which Hall was a fixture, previously told The Daily Mail.
‘Her relationship with Warwick has played a huge part in how contented she is these days. She’s finally ready to settle into middle age.’
Those close to her at the time suggested Hall was seriously considering marriage.
The same friend said: ‘When one of her friends made a remark about how they could see her marrying again, Jerry would always laugh it off, but recently she’s stopped being so coy.
‘In fact, she’s been saying quite openly that she likes the idea. It’s quite a surprise — I never thought she would find anyone who could live up to Mick, in her mind.’
Hall was romantically linked to New Zealand-born Armand Leroi, then 49, from January 2014 until a year later
ARMAND LEROI: 2014 – 2015
Hall was romantically linked to New Zealand-born Armand Leroi, then 49, from January 2014 until a year later.
The diplomat’s son came with impressive credentials – best known for the Channel 4 documentary series Human Mutants, he is Professor of Evolutionary Developmental Biology at Imperial College London.
Friends said at the time he was the perfect companion for Jerry. ‘He is good looking, well-read and sophisticated,’ a chum told The Daily Mail.
The son of Dutch diplomats, Armand comes from a family that is both jet-setting and intellectual. His twin sister Marie-France is an eminent lawyer in Canada, while another sister, Iracema, is a leading authority on Alzheimer’s disease.
Armand took his BSc degree at Dalhousie in Halifax, Canada, in 1989, then a PhD at the University of California.
He moved to Britain in 1996 to be a lecturer at Imperial College London, where in 2001 he was appointed Reader in Evolutionary Developmental Biology.
His emergence as a media star began with the publication of his book Mutants: On The Form, Varieties And Errors Of The Human Body, in 2004. It was widely lauded, won an award and was turned into a documentary series on Channel 4, which he wrote and presented.
Another Channel 4 series — What Makes Us Human — followed in 2006, then in 2009 came a BBC4 documentary called What Darwin Didn’t Know. He presented Aristotle’s Lagoon for BBC4 in 2010 and followed up with a book of the same title in 2014. All were greeted with acclaim and his profile rose.
RUPERT MURDOCH: 2015 – 2022
Murdoch and Hall tied the knot in London in March 2016 in a very low-key ceremony at Spencer House, which overlooks Green Park, after a whirlwind five-month romance.
At the time, the media tycoon expressed his joy over the union, tweeting shortly after the ceremony concluded that he would be taking a break from social media in order to enjoy newlywed life.
Murdoch and Hall (pictured in 2019) began quietly dating in 2015, with The Mail on Sunday revealing in October of that year that they had begun their romance after being introduced in Australia by one of Murdoch’s sisters and his niece
‘No more tweets for ten days or ever!’ he wrote. ‘Feel like the luckiest AND happiest man in world.’
One day after their official ceremony, the couple – whose unlikely romance made headlines the world over – hosted a more lavish affair, which was attended by all ten of their children.
Hall’s two daughters and Murdoch’s two youngest daughters acted as bridesmaids, while the media mogul’s son Lachlan was understood to have presided over the pair’s first ceremony.
Following the wedding celebrations, Hall shared a photo of the then-newlyweds posing with all of their kids, writing alongside it: ‘My beautiful family!’
Murdoch and Hall began quietly dating in 2015, with The Mail on Sunday revealing in October of that year that they had begun their romance after being introduced in Australia by one of Murdoch’s sisters and his niece.
The couple made their relationship public on October 31 when they were seen for the first time together at the Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham in London.
They then attended the Golden Globes in Los Angeles in January 2016 – days before Murdoch announced that the pair were engaged.
Murdoch popped the question with a 10-carat marquise diamond engagement ring that was said to be worth up to $3.5 million.
In December 2021, just seven months before the news of their impending divorce was reported, Hall and Murdoch purchased a $200 million cattle ranch – called Beaverhead – in Montana, which was previously owned by oil baron Fred Koch and his children.
The purchase of the 340,000-acre ranch, which is located close to Yellowstone National Park, was the priciest ranch sale in Montana history.
At the time, Murdoch told the Wall Street Journal of his new home: ‘This is a profound responsibility.
‘We feel privileged to assume ownership of this beautiful land and look forward to continually enhancing both the commercial cattle business and the conservation assets across the ranch.’
A spokesperson added to the publication that Hall and Murdoch were planning to spend time together on the ranch, having spent a year looking for the perfect place to snap up in the area.
In addition to the newly-purchased ranch, Murdoch also owns a $28.8 million estate and winery in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, a ranch in California, a four-story penthouse in New York City that is believed to be worth around $72 million, and a 25,000-acre sheep and cattle farm, called Cavan Station, in his native Australia.
Forbes also reported last year that Murdoch had at one point owned two properties in the UK: an 11-bedroom mansion in Oxfordshire, and an apartment in London.