Gavin Rossdale: My Older Sons ‘Just Love’ Baby Apollo

11/23/2014 at 03:20 PM ET

Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani Bryan Bedder/Getty

Gavin Rossdale is a man on the run.

Becoming a dad again has been an exhilarating experience for the British rocker, but with his new album and busy touring schedule, he says there aren’t enough hours in the day.

“I am touring now and about to begin another world tour in February,” Rossdale, 49, told PEOPLE during the Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic gala at Florida’s Boca Raton Resort & Club on Saturday night. “I hate to be away from my boys. I really miss them.”

The Bush frontman said he loves to watch his older sons Kingston, 8½, and Zuma, 6, dote on their baby brotherApollo, 9 months.

“Apollo is so small that the older brothers love to protect him,” Rossdale said. “They were very happy when he was born. They just love him. There is no jealousy because they really care about him.”

Rossdale’s busy wife Gwen Stefani was back in Los Angeles caring for the boys while he played tennis for charity.

Competitive and talented on the court, Rossdale interrupted his current tour to return to Evert’s annual event. For nearly a decade, he has helped her raise money for Florida’s most at-risk kids. (Since 1989, Evert’s charities have raised more than $21 million.)

“I wish my boys could have come to Florida with me,” said Rossdale, whose new album is appropriately titled Man on the Run.

The musician explained how he has scheduled the band’s breaks for the 2015-16 tour so he can see his sons as often as possible.

“I start in America, then see my kids before I head for the European leg,” he said. “After that, I will see them again before I go to South America, then another time before I go to Australia. I make time for them, but it feels like I will be touring for the rest of my life!”

Because both Rossdale and Stefani also have a full plate of projects in December, they have decided to spend the Christmas holidays in Los Angeles instead of flying home to England.

“Gwen is working and I am touring, so we decided to wait until January to take the kids to England,” Rossdale said. “I let my dad know it will be after the holidays.”

Instead, the family of five will spend Christmas enjoying the California sun.

“Santa will bring us a lot of sun block,” he joked. “We can’t wait!”

— Linda Marx

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Chris on

What about Gwen? Doesn’t he miss her too? 😕😕

Edie S on

This falls under the category of such things as, “The Sky is Blue” and “Fish Swim.” Of COURSE, the brothers love their younger sibling. What an odd title.

J on

It’s not an odd title. Some children do not like the baby! I can remember being an eight year old with a newborn sister that got all of the attention. I couldn’t stand my sister until she was 9 or 10. I’m in my 30s now and she’s still my best friend. It’s naive to think that ALL siblings get along – they don’t. My 7 year old loves her 10 month old sister but sometimes can’t stand that she gets a lot of the attention. We try our best to have extra cuddles at night with our oldest so that she knows she’s not forgotten and mommy and daddy love her. My point being – not all children adjust to having a new sibling.

rose on

Oh please, of coarse kids get jealous of their siblings, but they still love them. They are children! And besides, what else is Rossdale gonna say that they hate the baby?! Get a grip. Celeb interviews are all about painting a rosy pitcure.

Kimberly on

Beautiful family but le’ts keep it real in a few years time they will all be fighting like cats and dogs…it’s just reality…and if anyone says their children get along all the time your lying!! Of course now they love him and think he’s the greatest he’s a little baby!! Kind of a silly article even for People mag!

Cricket2.0 on

Was he supposed to say they all hated each other? Of course he’s going to say this.

laura on

obscene amount of eye makeup on mommy.

and why does he need to tour? There is not a huge demand for him, is there? uh…what?

lola on

Beautiful family. Cute story.

Rudy on

Um cute name Apollo!

Kris on

He is one cute little baby boy. I have never seen a picture of him.

Noneya on

Hate & criticize all you want! They are a beautiful, hard-working family with 3 kids! Sounds like my daughter’s family – older bros love the baby – and each other but nothing is perfect………….I, for one, like reading little cute pieces like this!

Anonymous on

Kimberly- What a sad view you have about siblings! Fighting like cats and dogs is certainly not inevitable. Sure, there are some siblings that do, even into adulthood. But there are also plenty who get along beautifully, only fighting occasionally (including my brother and I)! 🙂

Anyway, Apollo is adorable, and he looks a lot like Kingston did as a baby!

blahBlahBlah on

to Laura , who wrote “and why does he need to tour? There is not a huge demand for him, is there? uh…what?” well, did YOU decide that there’s no huge demand for Bush? There’s a new album out, and plenty of fans worldwide who want to see them live, go and read on their Facebook and Twitter profiles..