Rod Stewart to become dad for eighth time at 66

9th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Rod Stewart is set to become a father for the eighth time, at the age of 66, the British rocker said in a statement Monday.

His photographer-model wife Penny Lancaster, 39, discovered she was pregnant in June while celebrating their third wedding anniversary in Italy, near the place where they got married.

The couple have a four-year-old son Alastair.

"We were thrilled and delighted to be able to tell Alastair that he was going to be the big brother to a little baby, expected just before Mummy's 40th birthday," they said in a statement.

Lancaster, who is three months pregnant, turns 40 in March, while Stewart becomes 66 in January.

The baby will be the former Faces frontman's eighth child.

His eldest, daughter Sarah Streeter, 46, was conceived when Stewart was 18, and was adopted.

He has two children, Kimberly, 30, and Sean, 29, with his actress-model first wife Alana Hamilton.

The singer has a daughter, Ruby, 23, from his relationship with former model Kelly Emberg.

His second wife, model Rachel Hunter, is mother to Renee, 18, and Liam, 15.

Stewart's hits include "Maggie May" (1971); "You Wear It Well" (1972); "Sailing" (1975); "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" (1978) and "All for Love" (1993).

Lancaster recently said of their attempts to have another child: "Touring and running around interferes with things but we're still trying and have high hopes. Though once you get over 35 it takes a little longer."

Stewart said recently he was not anxious about being an older dad, saying fatherhood helped keep the rock-and-roll lifestyle in check.

"As a parent of a new child, I'll maybe only be around for 25 years at most. But it will be a happy, loving 25 years," he said.

"You get children born into a family who have 25 miserable years. What's the point in that? The most important thing is I can afford it and have got the time.

"It makes you want to keep very fit. I don't drink as much as I used to and exercise four times a week."

© 2010 AFP

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