Kelly Jones met his first girlfriend, Emma Dunn, a hairdresser, at the age of 15. They stayed together for almost 12 years and just before they split up, they had become engaged.
In 2002 Jones went to (his friend and band photographer) Julian Castaldi's home, kicked down his front door, smashed his window with a brick and then vandalised his two cars with a scaffolding pole, whilst under the influence of alcohol. This was because Jones had recently discovered that Castaldi was courting Dunn, four weeks after they had ended their long-term relationship. Castaldi called the police and consequently Jones was arrested. However Castaldi did not press charges, leaving Kelly Jones with a £2000 fine for damages. Jones commented that "What I did was completely out of character - but what he did was wrong", later writing the song "Rainbows and Pots of Gold" in response to the event.