He famously dubbed himself the ‘Lord of the Philanderers’, however when Rod Stewart met mannequin Rachel Hunter at a Los Angeles nightclub in 1990, all that modified right away.
Declaring that he had, “put my final banana within the fruit bowl,” Rod, then 45, was captivated by the New Zealand magnificence who was but to show 21.
He recognised her from an advert for a health video and determined to make his opening gambit by recreating one among her strikes on the dance flooring – a transfer that elicited solely a ‘sympathetic smile’ from Rachel.
“Not less than she didn’t flip away…” Rod wrote in his 2012 guide, Rod: The Autobiography.
He continued: “Extraordinary to assume that this lower than promising begin led to a romance that redefined the time period ‘whirlwind’ after which to an eight-year-marriage that will ultimately depart me as emotionally damaged as I’ve ever been.”
Certainly, simply 5 weeks later the smitten rocker popped the query they usually had been married in underneath three months, regardless of warnings from associates to take it extra slowly.
However regardless of the just about 25 yr age hole, the couple had been head-over-heels in love, as turned clear on their very first date.
“I persuaded her to have dinner with me, a meal throughout which we didn’t a lot discuss as gabble, masking a variety of floor in a giant hurry,” he wrote. “Again at her lodge that evening, we shared a mattress for the primary time.”
However realizing Rod’s popularity, a wily Rachel made it clear that intercourse was not on the playing cards by using a crafty trick.
Rod recalled: “She wore a T-shirt that got here all the way down to her ankles – a T-shirt that mentioned ‘Not tonight, thanks’ as effectively as if she had come clanking out of the toilet in a deep-sea diving outfit.”
Regardless of his disappointment, the star took it as an indication of higher issues to come back. “Little bit of a disgrace, in fact,” he admitted, “however an indication that perhaps we had been initially of one thing severe.”
It wasn’t till weeks later when Rod chartered a ship to the Bahamas that their romance was consummated.
The pair tied the knot on December 15, 1990 on the Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills – the place his sister Mary made a grave prediction, apparently telling the particular person she was sat subsequent to: “That woman will break his coronary heart sooner or later.”
And in 1998, that precise factor occurred when Rachel informed him she needed out of the wedding – which resulted in divorce 14 years in the past right this moment.
About to show 30 and with two kids, in line with Rod, Rachel was sad and felt like she wanted to go and dwell her personal life outdoors of the shadow of her husband’s.
Rod, 75, was devastated and was plunged right into a deep heartbreak that will debilitate him for 4 lengthy months.
He mentioned: “I misplaced 12lb in weight. I felt chilly on a regular basis. I took to mendacity on the couch within the day, with a blanket over me and holding a hot-water bottle in opposition to my chest. I knew then why they name it heartbroken: you may really feel it in your coronary heart. I used to be distracted, virtually to the purpose of insanity.”
In a determined bid to manage, he turned to remedy and took up yoga earlier than the darkish cloud regularly lifted and he met his present spouse, Penny Lancaster, a yr later.
Lately, Rod and Penny, 49, stay on good phrases with Rachel, 51, and Rod’s first spouse Alana, gathering to have fun his daughter Kim’s 40th birthday final yr.
Talking in regards to the scenario on Lorraine right this moment, Penny defined: “After I met Rod, I realised it wasn’t simply us, it was the youngsters, the ex-wives.
“I needed to present that I used to be real, present kindness, and it really works.”
Rod has two sons with Free Girls panelist Penny, who he married in 2007, referred to as Alastair, 12, and Aiden, eight.
His first marriage was to Alana Hamilton, 74, which lasted from 1979 to 1984. They’d mannequin daughter Kimberley and son Sean, who’s a musician.
The singer additionally has daughter Renée, now a dancer, and sonLiam Stewart, an expert ice hockey participant, with Rachel.