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Rod Stewart to become dad for eighth time

Last updated on: August 10, 2010 15:40 IST

Rod Stewart to become dad for eighth time



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British singer Rod Stewart is gearing up to become a dad for the eighth time, after he and his wife Penny Lancaster announced that she is three months pregnant.


Stewart, 65, and Lancaster, 39, who has a son Alastair, four, discovered the pregnancy as they celebrated their third wedding anniversary in Italy in June.


The baby will arrive just weeks after Stewart's 66th birthday next January, and shortly before Lancaster turns 40 in March.


'We were thrilled and delighted to be able to tell Alastair that he was going to be the big brother to a little baby, expected just before Mummy's 40th birthday,' the Sun quoted them as saying on August 9. 


The singer, who battled thyroid cancer in 2000, revealed he and his wife have been trying for a baby since last year.


'It makes you want to keep very fit. I'm a pretty good 65. As a parent of a new child, I'll maybe be around for 25 years at most. But it'll be a happy, loving 25 years,' he added.


Stewart is known for his liaisons with women (fathering seven children with five of them; the oldest being born in 1964.


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Image: Penny Lancaster and Rod Stewart
Photographs: Andrew Parsons/Reuters

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Image: Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
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Reports surfaced a couple months ago that the duo were on a break, but now the split is permanent.

'Yes, the engagement is off,' People quoted Bilson's rep as saying.

But Bilson's rep declined to provide details on the break-up.

Distance was reportedly one of the main reasons for the split.

With Bilson primarily in LA, and Christensen in Canada, 'It just wasn''t working out,' says a pal of the actress.

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Source: ANI