World Cup: Mick Jagger Branded Soccer Jinx After Brazil's Humiliation
The Rolling Stones singer backed several teams who, almost without fail, immediately exited the tournament following his declaration of support.
Brazilian soccer fans have dubbed Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger "pe frio" – loosely translated as "the jinx" – after backing the World Cup host nation ahead of their humiliating semifinal loss to Germany.
Jagger watched Brazil's 7-1 capitulation from a VIP box at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte alongside his 15-year-old son, Lucas, whose mother is Brazilian model and celebrity Luciana Giminez.
Although the 70-year-old rock star was pictured wearing an England cap during the game, his presence at the stadium has attracted gentle mockery from Brazilian soccer fans, seemingly desperate for a scapegoat, no matter how ludicrous the reasoning.
In this case, it was Jagger's backing of a number of competing nations, who, almost without fail, immediately exited the tournament following his declaration of support.
During a recent Rolling Stones show in Rome, the singer is reported to have said that Italy would advance to the knockout stage. Instead, they lost to Uruguay. He then told fans in Lisbon that Portugal would win its first World Cup this year, only for them to also be swiftly eliminated. Jagger also backed England’s disastrous World Cup campaign and supported a string of losers at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, including USA, England and, once again, Brazil.
All of which has led the singer to be dubbed a bad-luck charm by soccer-mad Brazilians, some of whom made cardboard cutouts of him wearing the opposing team's shirt.
In response, Jagger's Brazilian ex-lover, Giminez, took to Instagram to defend the singer from "cyber-bullying," reports The Daily Mail.
"I would like to ask you guys who do this kind of bullying to think before you do it. Even though it only seems like a small thing, Mick is a person like us all, and he does not deserve to be treated this way by Brazilians," Giminez is reported to have said.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.