News, Culture & Society

‘It wasn’t the person I married’: Rod Stewart discusses Penny Lancaster’s menopause

Rod Stewart has discussed wife Penny Lancaster’s menopause during an emotional interview on Tuesday’s Loose Women.

The singer, 76, said he found the experience ‘frightening’ as he witnessed Penny, 50, change ‘from the person I married’ – leaving him researching everything he could about the menopause. 

He said: ‘I googled menopause so much when she was going through it, she was in a fragile situation, I just had to listen and learn and get ready for saucepans being thrown through the kitchen. 

Brave: Rod Stewart has discussed wife Penny Lancaster’s menopause during an emotional interview on Tuesday’s Loose Women

‘It was frightening, it wasn’t the person I married, she explained it through the tears and we talked it through.’ 

Last year  Penny  spoke out on her experience of the menopause, revealing that she first experienced symptoms during lockdown. 

Penny admitted she has found the past few months extra tough because of her symptoms, but gushed that her rocker husband and their two sons Alastair, 15, and Aiden, 10, had been very understanding.   

Speaking from her home, Penny told her co-stars: ‘Rod and I have a very close and intimate, open relationship about all sorts of things.’

Candid: The singer, 76, said he found the experience 'frightening' as he witnessed Penny, 50, change 'from the person I married' - leaving him researching everything he could about the menopause

Candid: The singer, 76, said he found the experience ‘frightening’ as he witnessed Penny, 50, change ‘from the person I married’ – leaving him researching everything he could about the menopause

‘I talk to him about how I’m feeling in the lead up to my period, feeling a little down or sad or… I always say, “Darling give me space today, it’s the time of the month.”‘   

She added: ‘I’ve explained to them [my family] about the hormones I’m experiencing since March, my last period.’

‘I’ve been having the really hot sweats, and then freezing cold… my body temperature is fluctuating all over the place. It affects your mood swings, I’ve been putting on more weight.’  

Penny then recalled a particularly tough day, explaining: ‘I was in the kitchen, cooking dinner, it had been one of those days where everything had been going wrong and I’d had enough. I ended up throwing the dinner across the kitchen.’ 

Soulmates: He said: 'I googled menopause so much when she was going through it, she was in a fragile situation, I just had to listen and learn and get ready for saucepans being thrown through the kitchen'

Soulmates: He said: ‘I googled menopause so much when she was going through it, she was in a fragile situation, I just had to listen and learn and get ready for saucepans being thrown through the kitchen’

‘I just screamed and burst into tears. The boys came and hugged me. Rod said, “Just give mummy a minute”. So, we’re lucky that we’ve got that open discussion.’

During the chat Rod also touched upon his thyroid cancer diagnosis in 2000 which caused him to lose his signature voice.

He said: ‘I had a touch of thyroid cancer, It was over in a bit but I did lose my voice, I won’t pretend that I battled cancer. Now we are very healthy, we both work out three times a week.’

The star also voiced his support for Penny working as a Special Constable for the Metropolitan Policem saying: ‘I gave her 100% backing, you can’t stop her anyway! I wouldn’t argue with her but where she is stationed near Liverpool Street which isn’t the best area, I send my driver to get her so I know she’s safe.’

 The interview comes after Rod found the fun in washing up on Sunday as he wore a dishcloth on his head following a boozy family lunch.

The star looked in great spirits as he and his family danced to Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams while cleaning up, with the star admitting to having had a ‘drink or two.’

Rod, who along with the dishcloth wore an open patterned shirt, yellow skinny jeans and chain necklaces, said: ‘We’ve had a lovely Sunday dinner tonight. This is my daughter, she’s clearing up. Here are my two sons, they’re all clearing up.

He Wears It Well! The interview comes after Rod found the fun in washing up on Sunday as he wore a dishcloth on his head following a boozy family lunch

He Wears It Well! The interview comes after Rod found the fun in washing up on Sunday as he wore a dishcloth on his head following a boozy family lunch

‘We are family! And my lovely wife cooked the dinner! And if you want the secret to dinner? Have we had a drink or two? Yes we have!’

The star was joined by daughter Renee, 29, and son Liam, 27, who Rod shares with ex-wife Rachel Hunter and son Alastair, 15, whose mother is Rod’s wife Penny Lancaster, 50.

This comes as Rod revealed his regret over releasing his eighth album at the same time as Adele this weekend.  

Speaking on BBC Radio 5’s Headliners podcast on Wednesday, the Forever Young artist said he’s never been fussed over ‘how many copies’ his albums sells, as people only ‘remember number ones’.

Yay: The singing icon looked in great spirits as he and his family danced to Fleetwood Mac's Dreams while cleaning up, with the star admitting to having had a 'drink or two' (pictured front is Rod's daughter Renee, 29)

Yay: The singing icon looked in great spirits as he and his family danced to Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams while cleaning up, with the star admitting to having had a ‘drink or two’ (pictured front is Rod’s daughter Renee, 29)

Fun times: Rod, who along with the dishcloth wore an open patterned shirt, yellow skinny jeans and chain necklaces, said: 'We¿ve had a lovely Sunday dinner tonight. This is my daughter, she¿s clearing up. Here are my two sons, they¿re all clearing up'

Fun times: Rod, who along with the dishcloth wore an open patterned shirt, yellow skinny jeans and chain necklaces, said: ‘We’ve had a lovely Sunday dinner tonight. This is my daughter, she’s clearing up. Here are my two sons, they’re all clearing up’

‘I’d rather not have this album coming out right now with Adele and, who else is coming out? Sting,’ Rod began. 

 ‘Everybody’s got an album coming out now. So I wanted my eighth number one album, so I wanted it to come out in the summer.  

‘I don’t care about how many copies it sells. I just like that number one. People remember number ones,’ he continued.

Adele and Sting are both releasing their latest albums on November 19 – Adele’s 30 and Sting’s The Bridge.  

Family time: The star has recently been hot on the promo trail for his new album

Family time: The star has recently been hot on the promo trail for his new album

Elsewhere in the chat, Rod admitted to having had a ‘couple of good cries’ during lockdown.  

‘I’ve had a couple of good cries during the lockdown. What man hasn’t? I mean I did. I have my lovely wife to put her arms around me, pull me together, and all my kids.’   

Rod also shares children Kimberly and Sean with first wife Alana.

Rod also has a daughter named Sarah from his relationship with Susannah Boffey in the sixties and shares Ruby with ex Kelly Emberg, who he dated from 1983-1990.    

Earlier this week, Rod appeared on the BBC One show earlier this week to discuss The Tears of Hercules and said it was ‘the best album he’s made in a long time’. 

He also revealed that one of the songs on the new album, Touchline, was dedicated to his father, who he says taught him and his brothers to love football. 

The crooner has also dedicated two tracks – I Can’t Imagine and Precious Memories – to his wife Penny.

'I like that number one': Rod recently admitted his regrets in releasing his thirty-first studio album The Tears of Hercules at the same time as Adele and Sting (pictured in October)

‘I like that number one’: Rod recently admitted his regrets in releasing his thirty-first studio album The Tears of Hercules at the same time as Adele and Sting (pictured in October)

MENOPAUSE EXPLAINED

The menopause occurs when a woman stops having periods and can no longer fall pregnant naturally.

It is a natural part of ageing, which occurs in women between 45 and 55 years old. 

However 1 in 100 women can experience menopause before the age of 40, which is known as premature menopause or premature ovarian insufficiency.

Symptoms often include hot flushes, night sweats, low mood, reduced sex drive, vaginal dryness, an increase in facial hair and difficulty sleeping.

According to NHS advice, symptoms can begin months or even years before your periods stop and last around four years after your last period. 

Premature or early menopause can occur at any age, and in many cases, there’s no clear cause. 

Source: NHS 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk