Rod Stewart had a very emotional reaction when his wife, Penny Lancaster, told him they were expecting their second child together – he broke down crying in a restaurant!
After months of struggling with tough fertility treatments, Penny called to tell him that their third attempt at IVF had been a success.
“I burst into tears in this restaurant,” he admitted. “She was crying. I was crying. It was very special.”
Opening up about his wife’s fertility treatments, Rod explains how difficult it was to see Penny go through the whole ordeal:
It was a tough road. She had to inject herself every day and the first two treatments in the US didn’t work. I couldn’t bear seeing the sadness on her face. You have to wait for weeks to know whether it’s worked or not, it’s crushing when it doesn’t.
The seasoned father, who has six other children from previous relationships, admits his parenting style can be quite strict at times.
“I bloody well am strict,” says the 65-year-old singer. “I grew up in a house a fifth of the size of my gym. I’m soft but I’m not a pushover. When we go out for meals, all mobile phones are put in the middle of the table.”
He adds that he hopes his children won’t take his success for granted, and would love to see them with careers of their own: “I believe in tough love. I just wish one of them would get a job. It’d be nice to see another wage slip coming into the house.”
The couple’s second child, to be named Aiden, is due in February and will join big brother Alastair – who will celebrate his 5th birthday later this month – at home.