I cheated on Penny, ad­mits Rod live on TV

But he’s been faith­ful ever since (af­ter she told him: No shar­ing!)

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Alisha Rouse Show­busi­ness Cor­re­spon­dent

AF­TER decades of liv­ing a wild, rock star life­style, his mar­riage to Penny Lan­caster is cred­ited with calm­ing down the vet­eran singer.

But Sir Rod Stew­art yes­ter­day ad­mit­ted he was once un­faith­ful to his model wife, 47, in the very early stages of their re­la­tion­ship.

The star, 73, was seen out with a young woman when he first be­gan dat­ing Miss Lan­caster in 1999.

Ap­pear­ing live along­side his wife on ITV’s Loose Women, he ad­mit­ted to hav­ing a ‘dal­liance’ with an­other woman. When asked about the in­ci­dent, Sir Rod joked: ‘What time does this show end?’

He then went on to ad­mit his in­dis­cre­tion. ‘You’re talk­ing a long time ago, 20 odd years ago,’ he said.

‘There was one dal­liance, yeah. But oth­er­wise we’ve been to­gether and it’s been won­der­ful and ev­ery­thing.’

The vet­eran rocker re­vealed Miss Lan­caster had given him an ul­ti­ma­tum: that she would be his only girl­friend or she would leave him.

‘She ac­tu­ally said … put her thumb down and said: “That’s it, you’re see­ing me and no­body else. No shar­ing”.

‘It’s been that way ever since. I re­alised what a brave and hon­est, won­der­ful woman she is,’ he said.

The cou­ple have now been mar­ried for 11 years and have two chil­dren, Alas­tair, 12, and Ai­den, seven.

Dur­ing a 2017 episode of Loose Women, on which Miss Lan­caster is a reg­u­lar pan­el­list, she told how she had dis­cov­ered she and Sir Rod were not dat­ing ex­clu­sively when she found a pho­to­graph of him with a woman, whom he claimed was a friend of his daugh­ter.

She added: ‘When I be­came a girl­friend of his, I didn’t want to be a girl­friend, I wanted to be the girl­friend, or else it wasn’t good enough for me. I re­mem­ber find­ing a pho­to­graph of him with an­other woman and he went: “Oh, but it was my daugh­ter’s friend”. And I said: “I warned you – bye, bye”.’

On the show yes­ter­day, Sir Rod also spoke about be­ing the fa­ther of eight chil­dren, with a 48-year gap be­tween the old­est and youngest.

‘Be­cause of all the age dif­fer­ences, I have to be a dif­fer­ent type of fa­ther to all of them. You can’t treat the 12-year-old like you do the 26-year-old,’ he said. ‘I look at my phone and they’re all on there. They all call me. They’re like, “Dad, do you wanna come out to din­ner?”. It’s amaz­ing.’

The singer was no­to­ri­ous for his wom­an­is­ing and has been mar­ried three times.

In 2010 he ad­mit­ted feel­ing ‘im­ma­ture’ for sleep­ing with so many part­ners. ‘I was s***ing my way round the world, like most blokes prob­a­bly would if they had my op­por­tu­ni­ties,’ he said.

Now, how­ever, he is happy to set­tle for a sim­ple kiss and a cud­dle with his wife.

‘You know, I love sex with my wife but I love just giv­ing her a hug be­fore we go to bed,’ he said this year. He be­gan dat­ing Miss Lan­caster in 1999 af­ter the end of his mar­riage to ac­tress Rachel Hunter.

‘A won­der­ful, hon­est woman’

Mo­ment of truth: His con­fes­sion yes­ter­day How it started: Sir Rod and Miss Lan­caster in 1999 when they be­gan go­ing out

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