Rod Stewart has revealed how he split from wife Penny Lancaster for two difficult weeks in their marriage.
The 68-year-old rocker’s new album, Time, includes a cover of the Tom Waits track ‘Picture in a Frame.’ In an interview with The Daily Mirror, Stewart explains how the song has a relevance to his own life:
“Penny and I broke up for two weeks and the song is about that time. I asked her for a photo of herself in a frame so that I could see her when I went to bed and when I woke up.”
Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster have been together for close to 14 years now and married in 2007. Despite Stewart‘s long line of liaisons — he has had eight children with five women — he and model Lancaster always seemed like a stable couple, and news of their previously secret split may surprise fans. The singer tells The Mirror:
“I have taken a lot of risks when it comes to relationships but I have never gambled or smoked – women don’t like that. You have to take the good with the bad, and women prefer you when you’re truthful.”
In a separate interview with Australian magazine Life, Stewart adds that he’s learned several valuable lessons about relationships down the years:
“My relationship rule is, ‘Don’t argue after a glass of wine – leave debating until the morning.’ I have always loved women, won some, lost some, but it’s not about the magic touch, it’s about being a better person and a good listener.
“I met Penny in my 50s and if I had not learnt by that point in my life I was never going to.”
And, speaking to USA Today this week (in a video embedded below), Rod Stewart revealed what advice he’d give to his 20-year-old self:
“Maybe keep your banana in the fruit bowl a little longer, it has got me in a lot of trouble.”
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