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Gathering no moss: a Catholic life after the Rolling Stones

The name Mandy Smith may not ring many bells these days — but her teenage fling (and subsequent marriage) to Rolling Stone Bill Wyman made headlines decades ago. Now she’s set her life on a decidedly different course:

Many people who encounter Mandy now know nothing of her headline-grabbing past. It emerged this week that her new life includes mentoring young girls at a church.

She rediscovered religion in 2005 and she says it saved her life. She utters phrases such as: ‘God is the only man in my life now.’ Religion seems to have given her a


purpose. She was brought up a Roman Catholic. ‘I made my first communion,’ she recalls. ‘But when I should have been being confirmed, I was with Bill. I was fallen, I guess. But the great thing about the Church is that you can go back. It’s never too late.’

She cites a note she received from a nun who had once taught her. ‘She said that Jesus does not look at mistakes I had made, or the times I had ignored him. Until then, I’d felt a terrible guilt about the life I’d led. I realised that there was another way.’

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Carlos Echevarria

posted April 21, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Deacon Kandra, interesting article, I remember Mandy Smith and her mother married Wyman’s son.
I would note that Wyman left the Stones after the ’89-’90 World Tour.
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Holy Cannoli

posted April 21, 2010 at 2:32 pm

>>>now the only man in my life is God
Granted she’s no Thomas Aquinas and with her history, it’s not going to be easy. Hope she stays strong
p.s. She doesn’t look too bad for being 40.
Ladies :-))))

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