Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones perform live at 02 Arena on November 25, 2012 in London, England. (Getty Images)more pics »Keith Richards
did not hold back in his 2010 autobiography Life
, offering candid anecdotes about everything from his excessive drug use to his relationships with Anita Pallenberg and Patti Hansen. Oh, and there's a charming little bit about his bandmate Mick Jagger's, uh, little bit: "Marianne Faithfull had no fun with his tiny todger. I know he's got an enormous pair of balls, but it doesn't quite fill the gap."
Apparently these and other sentences about Jagger caused quite a rift between the two musicians — enough of a distance that the 50th reunion wouldn't have happened had Richards not apologized. Asked if Richards' apology was a "prerequisite" for the band's current reunion, Jagger admitted, "Well, I think it was a good thing he got together with me and said that. I don't really want to talk about it apart from that, but I think it's good that he said it, and yes, it was a prerequisite, really. You have to put those things to one side; you can't leave them unspoken. It's very tempting – English people like to do that quite a lot. They don't like to face up to these things. Sometimes it's easy to push them out of the way, but I think it's good that we had that conversation."
Richards hinted to Rolling Stone
that it was all for the sake of the band.
"We resolved it, in our own way, you know. I said I regret if I caused you any, you know, inconvenience or pain, or something. I'd say anything to get the band together, you know? I'd lie to my mother," he insisted.