Three days after the suicide of designer L’Wren Scott, her longtime boyfriend Mick Jagger has chosen to speak out about it in a statement. His words came just before the announcement of the seven cancelled shows in the Stones’ Australia and New Zealand tour.

L'Wren Scott
Scott was found dead in her apartment on Monday. Police concluded suicide.

On Tuesday, Jagger got unusually raw and personal in his statement on his own website. "I will never forget her,” Jagger wrote on his website — his first statement about fashion designer L’Wren Scott since she hanged herself in her Manhattan apartment. “I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way. We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves.”

The message was short, but heart-wrenching. Elsewhere in the statement, the Rolling Stones frontman wrote: “She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me.

I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the personal messages of support that I have received.”

L'Wren Scott
Scott and Jagger had been together since 2001.

Jagger is reportedly heading to New York, as is his daughter with ex-wife Jerry Hall, Georgia May. The 22-year-old model, who was close to Scott, reportedly pulled out of a modeling gig she had in Melbourne, Australia, in order to return to NYC.