Sir Rod Stewart has spoken candidly about his family and life with his partner Penny Lancaster in a new interview. The Maggie May singer, who has eight children by five different women, admitted it’s “hard” to get all of his kids together but joked he uses their inheritance as a way of making it happen.
Rod has a daughter, Sarah, 56, from a teenage relationship, Kimberly, 40, and Sean, 39, from his marriage to Alana Stewart; and Ruby, 32, from his relationship with Kelly Emberg.
He also has Renee, 27, and Liam, 25, with second wife Rachel Hunter.
The rock legend and his current wife Penny share two sons together, Alastair, 14 and nine-year-old Aiden.
Speaking candidly to the Daily Mirror, Rod said it’s hard rounding all his kids up: “They always have plans… So I say, ‘If you don’t come, it is coming out of your inheritance’. So they show up.”
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In the same interview, Rod gushed that wife Penny “everything’ to him”, as he reflected on their relationship.
Of their two decades of wedded bliss, he said: “I’m stunned that Penny has kept me around for 20 years.
“They have not invented the words for how I feel about her. She is everything.”
Penny and Rod tied the knot in an intimate ceremony at the medieval monastery La Cervara in Portofino in 2007.
When asked about her relationship with Rod’s exes, Penny explained: “When I met Rod, I realised it wasn’t just us, it was the children, the ex-wives. I had to show that I was genuine, show kindness, and it works.”
Rod’s first wife was actress Alana, 74, who he was married to from 1979 to 1984.
He later tied the knot with model Rachel, 50, in 1990 but the couple divorced after 16 years of marriage.
The following year, Rod married Penny.
Meanwhile, the rockstar has currently been holed up in his Essex home following the coronavirus pandemic with his wife and the couple’s two children, as well as his daughter Ruby and eldest son Sean.
Last month, the family held the Together At Home mini-concert to help raise money for the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Global Citizen amid the ongoing crisis.
The concert featured a medley of some of his biggest hits, along with covers of some classic tracks.
Rod shared his gratitude for those working on the frontlines of the pandemic, as he said: “Thank you all the healthcare workers worldwide for putting their lives at risk to care for others. God bless you we’ll play you back somehow, we have to.”