Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger has been the target of angry World Cup fans who have called him a "jinx" because they think every time Jagger shows support for a World Cup team, that team loses. According to Time magazine, the backlash against Jagger intensified on July 8, 2014, when Brazil was eliminated from the World Cup after losing to Germany in a 7-1 match held in Rio de Janeiro. Jagger was at the game with his son Lucas, whose mother is Jagger's ex-lover Luciana Gimenez Morad, a Brazilian former model. Lucas was born in 1999, the year that Jerry Hall (the mother of four of Jagger's children) ended her 22-year relationship with Jagger when news of Gimenez Morad's pregnancy went public.
World Cup fans began theorizing about a so-called "Mick Jagger jinx" in May 2014, when on May 29, Jagger said during the Rolling Stones' Rock in Rio concert in Lisbon that Portugal would win the World Cup. But by the end of the month, Portgual was knocked out of the World Cup after a series of defeats.
Then on June 19, 2014, Jagger tweeted: "Let’s go England! This is the one to win!" England then lost the match and was eliminated from the World Cup. At a Rolling Stones concert in Rome on June 22, 2014, Jagger predicted that Italy would win over Uruguay, but three days later, Italy lost the match.
Numerous attendees at World Cup games have carried signs that show photos of Jagger with captions of him rooting for the team that they want to lose.
Gimenez Morad defended Jagger in a message posted on her Instragram account on July 8, 2014: "Mick has been successful for 50 years, he's a good friend and GOOD FATHER to my 15-year-old son. He is suffering cyber bullying .... and 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."
July 10, 2014 update: According to The Sun, Jagger had this to say about the World Cup backlash and getting blamed for Brazil losing to Germany: "I can take responsibility for the first German goal but not the other six!"