When he was just 17-years-old Rod Stewart fathered a child with his student sweetheart, Susannah Boffey. Their little girl, Sarah Streeter, was given up for adoption in the 1960s when her birth mother realized that she could not properly care for the child.
Fast forward to today and father and daughter are trying to forge a new stage in their relationship. Their journey has not been without its ups and downs and in a conversation with Britain’s Daily Mail, Sarah shared her thoughts.
We did have quite a lot of contact at first in the middle-to-late 1980s. I even went to stay at his house in Epping. But then it fizzled out, on both our parts, really. I got on with my life and he got on with his.”
Then three years ago Sarah’s mother died and Stewart endeavored to re-kindle a connection to his care-home worker daughter. During her interview Sarah went on to say, “Now I’m getting to know him more I think I understand what went on. Rod has actually come into my life in a big way since mother’s gone, and I don’t think that’s a coincidence.”
The long-lost father-daughter duo are slowly-but-surely working on their relationship:
At the moment it’s all baby steps, but whatever issues were there have all been forgotten, for both of us,” Sarah said. “It’s all water under the bridge now. It’s nerve-racking, too, but just as much so for him as it is for me. There’s no anger there. I never was angry about what happened really, just sad. But now I’m older I see things differently and realise that it has been as difficult for him over the years as it has been for me. Now we’re at the start of a new chapter, and that’s wonderful.”
Rod and his wife Penny are currently expecting their second child.