The ageing Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has become a father again to twins just two days before his 69<sup>th birthday. His wife Sally Wood, 38, gave birth to healthy twin girls late on Monday 30 May.

The twins are Wood's fifth and sixth children, but the first for him and Sally, formerly Humphreys, who is a theatre producer based in London.

A statement from Wood's publicist said: "Ronnie & Sally Wood are delighted to announce the birth of their twins Gracie Jane (6lb) & Alice Rose (5.7lb). The girls arrived on 30 May at 22:30 and all are doing brilliantly. The babies are perfect."

The Hillingdon-born musician has nine grandchildren. His eldest son Jesse, 38, from his first marriage to former model Krissy Findlay, is married to TV and radio presenter Fearne Cotton.

He has two other children, Leah, 36, and Tyrone, 30 with second wife Jo. He also adopted her son Jamie, 41, from a previous marriage.

Wood had known Sally for nine years but they began dating after meeting backstage at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane where she was working. At the time Wood was displaying some of his artwork.

They dated for six months before they got married in 2012 at the Dorchester Hotel, in London, with Rod Stewart serving as Wood's best man.

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Wood has struggled with alcoholism but has been sober since his eighth stint in rehab in 2010 — his sobriety, he says, is thanks to Sally who has never taken drugs and barely drinks. In the past the pair have made light of their 31-year age gap despite Wood conceding that his wife has been mistaken for his daughter in the past.

Despite his advancing years, Wood has had a busy year with The Rolling Stones' 'Exhibitionism' art exhibition showcase launched at London's Saatchi Gallery. The Stones have also performed a free concert in Cuba in front of 500,000 fans.

The legendary rock band has also announced that they recording a new album. Wood revealed that they were back in the studio covering blues songs while Mick Jagger has promised fans will be "surprised" by some new material.

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Ronnie Wood and his wife Sally at the Opera House in London in 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Winning