After six years of marriage, Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall are to divorce, according to reports last night.
Friends of the 91-year-old media tycoon and 65-year-old model, who wed in March 2016, were ‘surprised’ by the sudden split, The New York Times said.
The union was the fourth marriage for Murdoch, who is worth an estimated £14billion, while it was technically Hall’s first marriage after her 22-year relationship – and four children – with Sir Mick Jagger.
She tied the knot with the Rolling Stones frontman, who she met in 1976, on a beach in Bali in 1990, however that was deemed void by the UK high court following their split.
But that wasn’t her first star-studded relationship, with Texas native Hall dating singer Bryan Ferry before her relationship with Jagger and appeared on the cover of his 1975 album Siren.
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.
Here, FEMAIL takes a look back at Hall’s former relationships…
After six years of marriage, Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall (pictured on their wedding day) are to divorce, according to reports last night
Hall tied the knot with the Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger (pictured together in 1992) on a beach in Bali in 1990, however that was deemed void by the UK high court following their split
Hall pictured in traditional costume during her Bali wedding to Mick Jagger
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.
Hall shares four children – Elizabeth, 38, James, 36, Georgia May, 30, and Gabriel, 24 – with Jagger (pictured together in the ’80s)
While Hall’s marriage to Murdoch marked her first official walk down the aisle – she and Jagger (pictured in 1982) did have an unofficial marriage ceremony in Bali in 1990, however that was deemed void by the UK high court following their split
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.
Hall (L) and Jagger pose with their daughter Georgia May Jagger during her christening at Saint Andrew’s church, on June 24, 1992 in Richmond
At the time of Hall and Murdoch’s wedding in 2016, sources reported that Jagger (pictured with Hall in 2002) 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
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 conceded she had put up with the star’s behaviour 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.
Bryan Ferry and Jerry Hall posed together in the Amstel Hotel in 1976 in Amsterdam
Hall moved to Paris as a model in the 70s and was reportedly the girlfriend of Bryan Ferry (pictured together)
Hall was perhaps 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 was reportedly the girlfriend of Bryan Ferry.
In 1975, in the guise of a mermaid, Hall appeared on the cover of her boyfriend Bryan’s record album, Roxy Music’s Siren.
Five months later, the lead singer proposed to Hall 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.
In 1975, in the guise of a mermaid, Hall appeared on the cover of her boyfriend Bryan’s record album, Roxy Music’s Siren
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.
After her relationship with Jagger, she had a number of younger lovers, starting with film producer George Waud, then London banker Tim Attias, 49.
She then met scientist Armand Leroi, 51, but the two split before her relationship to Murdoch was announced when they were pictured at the Rugby World Cup in October 2015.
She also had an intense romance with millionaire property tycoon Warwick Hemsley, who was based in Australia before her relationship with Murdoch.
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 realise 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-publicised 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.
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
The 91-year-old tied the knot with Hall, 65, in a low-key ceremony in London in March 2016. The couple is pictured shortly after the ceremony
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.
‘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!’
The Mail on Sunday revealed in October 2015 that Murdoch and Hall were dating – days before they made their public debut as a couple at the rugby in Twickenham (pictured)
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.
From a flight attendant to a Glasgow-born journalist: Who are the former wives of Rupert Murdoch?
Rupert Murdoch had exchanged wedding vows on three occasions before he wed Jerry Hall.
Here, FEMAIL takes a look at his three former wives…
Rupert Murdoch was first married to Patricia Booker, a former flight attendant and department store model from Melbourne.
The couple wed in 1956 in Australia, when he was 25.
They had a daughter, Prudence MacLeod, now 64, together but split in 1966 after 11 years of marriage, nine years after the birth of their only child.
Their daughter Prudence worked for her father’s News of the World tabloid newspaper.
In 1967, he married Glasgow-born journalist Anna Torv, who he met when she was working with a newspaper in Sydney and had the chance to interview him
A year after the divorce, he married Glasgow-born journalist Anna Torv, who he met when she was working with a newspaper in Sydney and had the chance to interview him.
The couple had three children together and were married for more than 30 years before ending their relationship in 1999.
Details are sparse but it has been reported that the divorce cost him $1.7 billion, including $10 million in cash, according to CNBC.
The shared daughter Elisabeth, now 53, and sons Lachlan, now 50, and James, now 49.
Just weeks after his divorce from Anna, Murdoch married Wendi Deng, a businesswoman from China, who he met while she was an intern at a TV station owned by News Corp
Just weeks after his divorce from Anna, Murdoch married Wendi Deng, a businesswoman from China, who he met while she was an intern at a TV station owned by News Corp.
She was 38 years his junior at 30 years old and had previously been married to a man 30 years older than her.
The couple shared daughter Grace, now 21, and Chloe, now 19, together.
That marriage lasted 14 years, before it was announced that the pair were divorcing, with a News Corp spokesperson revealing in June 2013 that their union had been ‘irretrievably broken for more than six months’.
They divorced after an audit of Miss Deng’s email account uncovered memos to herself about Tony Blair’s ‘good body’ and ‘really, really good legs butt [sic]’. She denied accusations that she had become close to the former prime minister.
He remained single until news of his relationship to former model Jerry Hall – 25 years his junior – was announced in 2015.