Ekaterina Ivanova has "a lot of respect" for Ronnie Wood's ex-wife JO - because she put up with her former partner's bad behaviour for so long.
The Rolling Stones star walked out on his wife of 23 years last summer (08) when his affair with Ivanova was made public.
Their divorce was granted last month (Nov09), but Wood has since split from his young lover following his arrest on suspicion of assaulting the 21-year-old Russian.
Ivanova has now spoken about the break-up, admitting she couldn't handle the rocker's drinking and mood swings, and can't understand how Jo stayed with him for so many years.
She tells Britain's Hello! magazine, "I have a lot of respect for Jo now, because he's a handful. I don't know how she did it. I couldn't. She seems to be better off without him, way happier. But who can he live with if she can't do it and I can't do it?"