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Bill Wyman secretly married 19-year-old Mandy Smith on June 2, 1989. Bill’s 28-year-old son was best man, and all other four Stones attended. The marriage lasted 17 months.
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Bill Wyman had been expected to do a Q&A session at June’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, and also at the European premiere of a documentary about him, The Quiet One.
However, the festival cancelled the appearance of both, after receiving an online backlash.
The bassist caused controversy after he met Mandy Smith in 1984, when she was just 13 and he was 47.
Prosecutors aimed to bring charges against him two years later, but ended up not taking any action.
The couple then married in 1989, when she was 18, but they divorced two years later.
The Quiet One follows Wyman’s life as one of the original members of The Rolling Stones. Responding to criticisms, festival organisers said: “We truly appreciate you alerting us to the issue. It has been passed on to our management who are taking this very seriously.”
They added: “Sheffield Doc/Fest has decided to cancel screenings of The Quiet One and the associated Q&A with Oliver Murray & Bill Wyman. All purchased tickets will be refunded.”
In 2013, Wyman revealed that he had volunteered to be interviewed by police following recent celebrity sex scandals, but they chose not to.
“I went to the police and I went to the public prosecutor and said, ‘Do you want to talk to me? Do you want to meet up with me, or anything like that?’ and I got a message back, ‘No,'” he said. “I was totally open about it.”
Wyman left the Rolling Stones in 1992, but later played at the band’s 50th anniversary shows at the O2 Arena in London in 2012.
Now aged 51 in 2022, Mandy Smith is an English former pop singer and model.
In 1983, when Smith was only 13 years old, a relationship allegedly began between her and 47-year-old Bill Wyman.
She met Rolling Stones bassist Wyman when she attended the BPI Awards with her older sister Nicola in 1984, when she was 13 years old.
Wyman wrote in his 1990 autobiography: “She took my breath away…she was a woman at thirteen.”
The relationship only became public two-and-a-half years later, when she reached the age of 16 (the legal age of consent in the UK)
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