Toronto Sun

Tuesday, May 1, 2001

Rod down on marriage

Special to The Sun
Toronto Sun

LONDON -- They are sentiments unlikely to endear rock legend Rod Stewart to Penny Lancaster, the latest in his long line of girlfriends.

The 56-year-old singer has stated that long-term relationj ships are "impossible" and that :marriage vows should be rewritten every year, "like a dog licence."

Speaking from the perspective of two failed marriages in his past, he went on to suggest that the words "til death do us part" should be removed from the wedding ceremony because it is unrealistic to expect couples to commit for life.

"It's such a rarity for people to stay together that 68% of marriages fail," Stewart said.

Still struggling

Stewart, who began dating Lancaster last summer, admitted he was still struggling to get over the end of his marriage to model Rachel Hunter.

He separated from Hunter, his second wife, two years ago after nine years together. They have two children, Renee, 81 and Liam, 6.

Stewart's first marriage, to Alana Hamilton in 1979,lasted five years and produced two children.

He also has a daughter by former model Kelly Emberg.

The rocker admitted that the most painful moment of his life had been when Hunter left him.

"No one had ever left me before.

"I was ill-equipped for it," he said in an interview with the U.S. music channel VH-I.

"I didn't get on my knees and beg her. I told her she was making a big mistake, which I think she realizes now.

"I've learned never to marry a 21-year-old when you're 45 ..." Stewart said the chances of him ever marrying Lancaster, a 30-year-old photographer, were slim.

"It's too expensive to get married," he said.

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