Rod Stewart, 60, and his fiancee Penny Lancaster, 34, confirmed on Wednesday that they are expecting a child, just days after denying the same reports. Rod says that they decided to hold off on the announcement so that Penny could reach her 12th week, and then they could tell family and friends.
The baby is due in December, and Rod and Penny hope to marry in spring 2006. They have been together for six years.
"It will come as no surprise that Penny and I wanted to start a family as soon as possible…[I am] overjoyed and extremely proud. The best news of all is Penny is feeling just wonderful, is very happy and looks more radiant than ever."
This will be Lancaster’s first child, while Stewart has six children from previous relationships-although he doesn’t acknowledge one: Kimberly, 25, and Sean, 24, by first wife Alana Stewart; Ruby, 17, with former girlfriend Kelly Emberg; and Renee, 13, and Liam, 10, from his marriage to second wife Rachel Hunter. He also has a 41 year old daughter, Sarah, from a relationship in his late teens with an art student. In 1995, Rod remarked, when asked about his children, "You can count [Sarah] if you want, but I try not to." Ouch.