About to become a dad for the 8th time, singer Rod Stewart says he’s looking forward to doing his “nappy duties” when the new babe arrives. In a new interview with Parade, the 65-year-old rocker muses on marriage, music and fatherhood.
On being married three times: “They’re not bumps in the road. You have to go through all those things in life. That’s what I’m trying to tell my 16-year-old son now. These are all learning experiences that make you a better man in the end. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about women, which I try to pass on to my boys, it’s listening. Listen to the other side of the story first.”
On how his kids would rate him: “ They’d probably say I’ve become a much better dad in the last fifteen years. I was working hard at my career when my eldest Kimberly and Sean were born. That was thirty years ago and I was still struggling, so consequently I didn’t see as much of those two as I would like to have. But I think they would probably say Dad’s made it up since. I got another one on the way and Penny and I have decided that, as long as I’m not on tour, then I’ll have to do my nappy duties, which I don’t mind. I did it with all the other kids so I’m cool with it.”
On being a cancer survivor: “ I had thyroid cancer ten years ago. Had it diagnosed one day, the next I was in hospital and had an operation, the next day I was out and I’m fine now. I was extremely lucky. I did have an issue with my voice for awhile. But the only really depressing thing is when people ask me if I feel I’m living on borrowed time.”
Read Rod’s entire interview at Parade.com