Richards, who made the comments in his 2010 memoir Life, told the Daily Mirror:
“As far as the book goes, it was my story and it was very raw, as I meant it to be, but I know that some parts of it and some of the publicity really offended Mick and I regret that.”
In the book, Richards mocked Mick’s manhood, saying Marianne Faithfull “had no fun with his tiny todger”.
Jagger – who described Keef’s book as “bitchy” and “tedious” – now says:
“Looking back at any career you are bound to recall both the highs and the lows. In the 1980s for instance Keith and I were not communicating very well.
“I got very involved with the business side of the Stones, mainly because I felt no one else was interested, but it’s plain now from the book that Keith felt excluded, which is a pity. Time I reckon to move on.”
Richards added: “Mick’s right. He and I have had conversations over the last year of a kind we have not had for an extremely long time and that has been incredibly important to me.”