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Ronnie Wood and his young Russian love get the giggles on night out

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Something had clearly tickled their funny bones as the couple stepped out for a cigarette break during dinner with friends at a London hotel
 Photo: © Rex

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A year into their relationship and Ekaterina and the Rolling Stones musician look happier than ever
 Photo: © Rex

08 JULY 2009

If the saying "the couple who laugh together, stay together" is true, then Ronnie Wood and his Russian girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova have a secure future ahead of them.

The couple could hardly contain their mirth as they stepped out of London's Claridges Hotel - where they were having dinner with friends - for a cigarette break, collapsing into fits of giggles.

While much has been made of the age gap between the pair, it hardly seems an issue between Katia, 21, and Ronnie, who turned 62 last month. The pair clearly have lots in common and enjoy clubbing as much as they like to share quiet nights in.

Former waitress Ekaterina, who shares a rented house in London with Ronnie, has been a presence in his life since last July when they spent a week together at his home in County Kildare, in Ireland.

After their relationship came to light Ronnie's 23-year marriage to Jo Wood collapsed. They're currently finalising divorce proceedings.

Following a period of adjustment, Jo has said she's in a good place right now, and wants to stay on good terms with her estranged husband.

"I still want us to get on for the children's sake. I want us to be able to have a laugh together," she said. "He’s kind of done me a favour. I'm a lot happier now and feel as if I've got my life back."

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