Stewart Gets His 'Rush' From Family
Rod Stewart is adamant having his children around him is a bigger thrill than standing in front of thousands of screaming fans - insisting "it's all about family".
The Maggie May rocker is preparing to be a dad for the eighth time when his wife Penny Lancaster gives birth next year (10).
And despite being in his 60s, the star is convinced he's a better dad than ever before - because he's worked hard at forging strong relations with his kids as he has grown older.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "You go through life wondering what is it all about but at the end of the day it's all about family. I can definitely say the older I've got the better I've become at being a dad and a husband.
"I'm a better dad in my 60s than I was in my 30s and I've spent the last few years really working on that. I've mended a lot of bridges with my kids over the past three or four years. Last night I sat at home having a meal with six of my kids around me, laughing and joking and I felt really happy. You get an incredible rush from standing on stage in front of thousands of people but real happiness comes from your family."
But Stewart insists he's no pushover when it comes to parenting - and is desperate for his kids to get jobs rather than living off his vast fortune.
He adds, "I'm soft but I'm not a pushover. If they leave dirty plates, I pile them up and put them in their rooms. When we go out for meals, all mobile phones are put in the middle of the table.
"My kids live in my house but I don't give them an allowance once they are old enough to earn their own money. I think giving too much can be crippling and I want them to be able to make their own way in life. I believe in tough love. I just wish one of them would get a job. It'd be nice to see another wage slip coming into the house."