Mick Jagger turned to work to cope with the tragic loss of his girlfriend L'Wren Scott. The Rolling Stones frontman spoke out for the first time since the designer's passing during a pre-taped interview on the Today show on Friday, July 18.
"I'm doing okay. It was difficult, you know, a very hard year," the 70-year-old told Today co-host Matt Lauer. "But I got back into it by working on touring with the Stones in Europe, and doing other things, including this great movie—lots of support." (Jagger is an executive producer for the upcoming James Brown biopic Get On Up.)
Scott committed suicide at the age of 49 in her New York City apartment on March 17. On tour at the time, Jagger cancelled shows and flew back home for a private funeral at the All Saints Church in Pasadena, Calif., on March 25. The rocker was joined by family and friends at the emotional tribute, which included Anna Wintour, Renee Zellweger, Meg Ryan and Martin Scorsese.
Jagger's Today appearance marked the first time he's publicly opened up on camera since Scott's death. However, he has mourned the loss of his longtime love on his personal website and Facebook page.
"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," he wrote via Facebook on March 18. "She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me."