Who is Melanie Hamrick? Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger buys $1.9M Florida lakeside mansion for dancer girlfriend
Sir Mick Jagger and girlfriend Melanie Hamrick hadn't even seen the property before purchasing it
Sir Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones is feeling the generous spirit with Christmas just around the corner. According to reports, the 77-year-old rock and roll legend recently splashed out almost $2 million on a property for his girlfriend this Christmas. Jagger bought a four-bedroom property in Florida for Melanie Hamrick with the house's title put in her name. According to real estate firm Michael Saunders & Company (who sold the home), the payment comes to £1.4 million ($1.9 million), made in late October.
The property approximately a third of an acre in the Lakewood Ranch planned community, located in southeastern Manatee County and northeastern Sarasota County, Florida. The house is situated next to a lake with nearly 8,400 square feet under the roof. Additionally, the listing agent Tina Ciaccio said Jagger and Hamrick hadn't even made a prior visit to the property before its purchase. Speaking to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Ciaccio noted, "It was very cool hearing Mick Jagger's voice over the phone; that was neat. But regardless, they really were a pleasure, a great couple to transact with."
But who is the woman that won the heart of the famed rock star? Melanie Hamrick, 34, is a former ballet dancer (retired in 2020) and has been regarded as one of the top ballet dancers in the US. She is originally from Williamsburg, Virginia, and trained at the Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts before spending five years at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC.
Her previous relationship saw her engaged to Cuban classical dancer José Manuel Carreño up until early 2014. The classical dance couple was among the star couples on the US dance circuit, often attending society parties. According to The Sun, Jagger and Hamrick revealed their secret relationship back in 2014. The pair met at a concert by The Rolling Stones after the death of L’Wren Scott, Jagger's partner of 13 years, and stayed in contact. As their relationship developed, friends said she put a smile back on the singer's face after months of mourning L’Wren.
The couple welcomed their son, Deveraux Octavian Basil Jagger, in 2016. Hamrick spoke of their relationship and child in a 2018 interview to clear up any hate or misconstrued ideas of their commitment. "I don’t think of myself as a 'Baby mama,' she said, according to the Daily Mail. "In the technical sense, I’m not married to the father of my child. But I am in a great, wonderful relationship with him. So I don’t see myself like that." She also noted, "I dance with one of the most well-known ballet companies in the world. To be put in that category is insulting and it’s insulting to my boyfriend."
Hamrick had previously revealed she is not interested in leading a wild lifestyle. She said: “Offstage I like to read. On breaks, I usually go to (American bookshop) Barnes & Noble.”