Despite just hearing the devastating news that long-time girlfriend L’Wren Scott had committed suicide, Closer has exclusively learned that Mick Jagger took the time to shake his waiter’s hand and apologize for leaving the Australian restaurant where he was dining.

The rock legend had arrived at Coco’s in the city of Perth at about 9:30 pm, restaurant manager Denise Zammit tells Closer. “He’d been there about an hour – he had a seafood entrée and a main meal of local fish – and then somebody from his entourage came in,” adding that Jagger was in a “great mood” before hearing the news.

“Before that he was talking to our waiter who is also English and he was having a great time with him. They were talking about England and where he’d been in Perth and all the things he’d been doing,” she says.

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The Rolling Stone performing in Shanghai five days before Scott’s death

But as soon as the Rolling Stones frontman was told what had happened, “he left pretty quickly after that,” Zammit shares, but not before stopping to thank his waiter.

“Before he left the restaurant he shook the waiter’s hand and said, ‘I’m sorry I have to leave’ and he said he’d had a great night,” Zammit tells Closer. “He said he had to leave straight away.”

A kind gesture for someone who had just learned his loved one was gone, muses Zammit. “It was just awful. It’s just devastating for somebody to get that news…It was a beautiful evening, the weather was stunning…He was just having an easy-going, relaxed dinner.”

Earlier in the day, Jagger had tweeted a photo of him posing at Cottesloe Beach, which has since been removed, looking joyful just hours before Scott committed suicide. The Stones have since cancelled the remainder of their Australia and New Zealand tour in the wake of the fashion designer’s death.