‘That Was Not the Person I Married’: Rod Stewart discusses Penny Lancaster’s menopause

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

The singer, 76, said he found the experience ‘scary’ when he saw Penny, 50, change ‘from the person I married’ – leaving him to explore everything he could about menopause.

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

‘That Was Not the Person I Married’: Rod Stewart discusses Penny Lancaster’s menopause

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

‘It was scary, it was not the person I married, she explained it through tears, and we talked it through.’

Last year, Penny talked about her experience of menopause and revealed that she first experienced symptoms during lockdown.

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

Penny spoke from his home and told his 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 'scary' when he saw Penny, 50, change 'from the person I married' - leaving him to explore everything he could about menopause

Candid: The singer, 76, said he found the experience ‘scary’ when he saw Penny, 50, change ‘from the person I married’ – leaving him to explore everything he could about menopause

‘I talk to him about how I feel up to my period, feel a little down or upset or … I always say,’ Honey give me a seat today, it’s that time of the month. ‘

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

‘I’ve had those really hot sweats, and so freezing cold … my body temperature fluctuates everywhere. It affects your mood swings, I have taken on more. ‘

Penny then remembered a particularly hard day and explained: ‘I was in the kitchen making dinner, it had been one of those days where everything had gone wrong and I had had enough. I ended up throwing dinner all over the kitchen. ‘

Soul Friends: He said, 'I googled menopause so much when she went through it, she was in a fragile situation, I just had to listen and learn and get ready for pots to be thrown through the kitchen'

Soul Friends: He said, ‘I googled menopause so much when she went through it, she was in a fragile situation, I just had to listen and learn and get ready for pots to be thrown through the kitchen’

‘I just screamed and broke down in tears. The boys came and hugged me. Rod said, “Just give Mom a moment.” So we’re lucky we’ve got the open discussion. ‘

During the chat, Rod also got into 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 little while, but I lost my voice, I do not want to pretend that I was fighting cancer. Now we are very healthy, we both train three times a week. ‘

The star also expressed his support for Penny working as a special constable for the Metropolitan Police and said: ‘I gave her 100% support, you can not stop her anyway! I do not want to quarrel with her, but where she’s stationed near Liverpool Street, which is not the best area, I’m sending my driver to pick her up so I know she’s safe. ‘

The interview comes after Rod found it fun to wash up on Sunday when he had a dishcloth on his head after a bubbly family lunch.

The star looked in good spirits as he and his family danced to Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams while they cleaned up, and the star admitted 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 had a lovely Sunday dinner tonight. This is my daughter, she’s cleaning up. Here are my two sons, they are all cleaning up.

He wears it well!  The interview comes after Rod found the fun of washing up last Sunday when he wore a dishcloth on his head after a bubbly family lunch

He wears it well! The interview comes after Rod found the fun of washing up last Sunday when he wore a dishcloth on his head after a bubbly family lunch

‘We are Family! And my lovely wife made the dinner! And if you want the secret behind dinner? Have we had a drink or two? Yes we have! ‘

The star was joined by daughter Renee, 29, and son Liam, 27, whom 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 at having released his eighth album at the same time as Adele this weekend.

The Forever Young artist spoke on BBC Radio 5’s Headliners podcast on Wednesday that he has never been worried about ‘how many copies’ his album sells, as people only ‘remember number one’.

Yay: The song icon looked in a good mood as he and his family danced to Fleetwood Mac's Dreams while tidying up, where the star admitted to having a 'drink or two' (in front of the picture is Rod's daughter Renee, 29)

Yay: The song icon looked in a good mood as he and his family danced to Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams while tidying up, where the star admitted to having a ‘drink or two’ (in front of the picture is Rod’s daughter Renee, 29)

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

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

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

‘Everyone has an album on the way now. So I wanted my eighth number one album, so I wanted it to be released this summer.

‘I do not care how many copies it sells. I just like that number one. People remember number one, ‘he continued.

Adele and Sting will both release their latest album on November 19 – Adele’s 30 and Sting’s The Bridge.

Family Time: The star has recently been hot on the promo track for his new album

Family Time: The star has recently been hot on the promo track for his new album

Elsewhere in the chat, Rod admitted to having had a ‘few good shouts’ during the lockdown.

‘I’ve had a few good shouts during the lockdown. What man does not have? I mean, I did. I have my lovely wife to put her arms around me, pull me together and all my children. ‘

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

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

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

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 that he regretted it when he released his 31st 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 that he regretted it when he released his 31st studio album The Tears of Hercules at the same time as Adele and Sting (pictured in October)

TRANSLATION EXPLAINED

Menopause occurs when a woman stops having menstruation and can no longer get pregnant naturally.

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

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

Symptoms often include hot flashes, night sweats, low mood, decreased sex drive, vaginal dryness, increased facial hair and difficulty sleeping.

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

Premature or premature menopause can occur at any age, and in many cases there is no clear cause.

Source: NHS

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