Scott was found dead in her New York City apartment on Monday in an apparent suicide. Jagger and Scott, a fashion designer, had been a couple since 2001, with the singer releasing a statement on Monday stating that he was “completely shocked and devastated by the news.”
Jagger released the following statement on Tuesday:
“I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way. We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves. She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me. I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the personal messages of support that I have received.
I will never forget her,
Scott met Jagger at a photo shoot in 2001 after she had established herself as an in-demand stylist, working for the likes of Madonna, Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. Six years later, they moved in together in a house in London, though their respective schedules often kept them apart.
Jagger had been wearing outfits Scott designed on his recent tours, including a gorilla coat covered in ostrich feathers, a green jacket Scott described to Women’s Wear Daily as “glamouflage” and a black jacket adorned with butterflies (the latter a reference to the butterflies released during the band’s 1969 Hyde Park concert). “I wanted to have something really magical and interesting,” Scott told WWD. “I was really obsessed by phantom butterflies – you see them at night and they are kind of iridescent blue and green and white.”
At the time, Jagger said he was happy he was able to show off Scott’s designs. “I got to wear all the clothes we made, which was fun from our point of view — just switching around all the outfits every night in different places,” he said.
“The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry and disappointed to announce the postponement of the rest of their 14 ON FIRE tour of Australia and New Zealand following the death of L’Wren Scott. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood wish to thank all of their fans for their support at this difficult time and hope that they will fully understand the reason for this announcement. The Rolling Stones are planning to reschedule these postponed shows at a later date.”