Two years and a couple of days ago the social news of the famous British musician was published, under a striking premise: Rod Stewart (76) met to celebrate with the “four women of his life”. Of course, the occasion photos accompanied and confirmed what the composer and producer claimed: that he has an excellent relationship with his ex and his current partner. The image of the peaceful coexistence of love after love became, in some way, a testimony of life for Rod who, for the first time, achieved this reunion thanks to the birthday of one of his daughters.
But who were in the photo? Was someone missing? With all these couples did you have offspring? From back to front: yes, all four are mothers of their sons and daughters; yes, several of his relationships were missing (especially his first love, Susannah Boffey) and here we detail who were in the photo: Alana Stewart, Kelly Emberg, Rachel Hunter and Penny Lancaster, women who lived through Stewart’s life in several decades.
How was the dense love history of the man with the raspy voice and unforgettable songs that accompanied this same course, that inspired and empowered him to become a soundtrack of the lives of one and the other and one more from the sides of the planet was forged?
Again, from back to front: the musician born in 1945 in London and member of groups such as The Jeff Beck Group and Faces he nurtured his style of the mod movement during the 60s. It was around these beginnings that an event occurred that, fictionalized and over the years, became the theme that led him to the podium of rock stars. We are talking about “Maggie May”, the beautiful song from 1971 that was reverted many times, including by the Argentine group Massacre.
There the story is told of a teenager who has his first sexual relationship with a fatal Woman quite older than him. Rod referred to this event that occurred during the Beaulieu Jazz Festival and that marked his sexual beginnings and musical events: “I met an older woman who was a kind of sexual predator. One thing led to another and we ended up close on isolated terrain. I was a virgin ”. In the song the following was heard: “I know I keep you entertained, but I feel like you use me.” Beyond the author’s statements, the lyrics marked the beginning of a path free of proper names (known or anonymous) that forged in Stewart the fame of Casanova (or serial seducer). And of which the main figures are the four in the aforementioned photo. Or almost.
Because the conspicuous absentee from the love reunion was Sussanah, the girl he met at a London bowling alley in 1961, when she was studying art. In 1963 they both had their daughter Sarah who would be given up for adoption and later she would learn the name of her biological father, already famous. But that is another story.
The truth is that in 2013, on his album Time, the composer would focus on his relationship with Sussanah on the song “Brighton Beach”: “I swear to God I couldn’t have loved you more, I sit here playing with my children and I wonder where you are in this world. Do you ever stop to think about me? “
Later, other companions would pass through the life of the singer such as model Dee Harrington (Mick Jagger wanted to swap partners with Rod when the Stones singer was dating Nicaraguan Bianca Pérez in 1971) and Swedish actress and singer Britt Ekland, introduced to Rod in 1975 by a mutual friend, Joan Collins.
Almost entering the 80s, Stewart met Alana (former actor George Hamilton), whom he married in 1979 and had children Kimberly and Sean. In fact, it was from Kimberly’s 40th birthday that the postcard of good coexistence between the exes of the author of “Hot Legs” was given.
Stewart left home a few years after the arrival of the little ones and with another relationship at the door: Kelly Emberg. “Divorce is never easy but it is even more painful when you discover that your husband is dating a beautiful model 15 years younger than you”Alana argued and admitted that, back then, “the world fell apart.” However, with the passage of time, the bond with his ex could be rebuilt to the point of appearing embracing him, her and the singer’s next loves.
In his years as a couple with Emberg, this Scottish football and Celtic fanatic had his daughter Ruby in 1987. And history repeated itself some time later. Now they are friends but Rod himself admitted that he did not treat Kelly as he deserved. He had stumbled on the same stone that led him to separate from her and rejoin by the birth of Ruby and to separate again.
By 1991 (new decade, new love?) The singer knew Rachel Hunter, whom he proposed to three weeks after the obvious crush. The marriage was recorded on paper three months later. From this union, the Stewart brood resulted in a broadening of heirs: Renee and Liam were born some time later. And they lived in apparent harmony with their parents until the separation that came before the turn of the century. This time, Rachel was the one who left the singer, who was left disheartened. “I was a rock star. Nobody leaves a rock star! ”Declared Rod himself, not without a hint of irony (and karma?).
But, as always in this story, the passing of days or months makes the former companions of life come together again in friendship and accompany each other from then on.
Legend has it that, after Rachel’s departure, the Briton was lying on a sofa for months. And a detail that he gave about it contributes to the epic of abandonment: the bag of hot water that kept him more or less comfortable despite the cold (literal and symbolic). The couple had been separated for a long time but only divorced in 2006.
And so we come to the final stretch of this story, when it makes its appearance Penny Lancaster, whom Rod married in 2007 and with whom he had his two youngest children: Alastair and Aiden, ages 15 and 10.
Penny Lancaster, a 50-year-old photographer and former model, continues with her partner, in search of new adventures. And the plans for them do not stop: Penny turned around and left photography and television to dedicate herself to patrolling the streets of London as part of the city police. Rod, meanwhile, plans a concert for October in Las Vegas. And both glimpse who knows how many more encounters and photos of family assemblages, with children and grandchildren. The eldest daughter of the latter group is Delilah Genoveva Stewart Del Toro, born in 2011 as the result of a passionate adventure between Kimberly Stewart and Benicio del Toro. But that’s another story too.
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the rock star who had 8 children with 5 women and gave up his first heir