Rod Stewart lashes out at 'woke snowflakes' as he defends 'calling everyone darling'
6th November 2021

ROD Stewart has defended "calling everyone darling" as he blasted woke snowflakes for ruining British terms of endearment.

The Stay With Me rocker, 76, said people nowadays are too easily offended.

Sir Rod, who is married to ex model Penny Lancaster, raged: “You’re not allowed to call anybody ‘darling’ or ‘love’ – that’s all out the window now.

“I think that they’re friendly terms, as long as it’s not shouting across the road, ‘Allo, darling, what you got in that basket?

“All the girls in my band I call darling, and I don’t think their husbands or boyfriends are offended. I call men friends darling. I call Elton (John) darling.”

The legendary crooner, who has eight kids by five different women, boasted about his womanising youth but insisted: “I did nothing wrong at all.

"I never had sex with anybody underage, never forced anybody to have sex.

Rod was married twice before he wed Penny and dated many of the world's most beautiful women, including Swedish actress Britt Ekland.

“In fact, sex was always too much for me, it was always there, and it became boring," he added to Daily Star.

“There were a lot of beautiful women, but we had nothing to say at the end of the evening,"

The superstar previously confessed he didn't always end his romances on good terms and said: "It’s true.

"I just didn’t have the b*******. I didn’t want the confrontation.

"It was a different era but that’s no excuse really. I can be accused of being cowardly, and rightly.

Asked if he'd apologised to his exes, Rod added: "A few of them, when I bump into them, yes.

"Especially my daughter Ruby’s mum [American model Kelly Emberg], who’s an absolute diamond."

Penny also revealed on chat show Loose Women that she gave Rod an ultimatum about his bad boy ways when they first started dating.

The Essex native told the music legend she wouldn't see him unless he only dated her and no one else.

She met him in London’s Dorchester hotel in 1999 after a pal dared her to ask for his autograph.

They then swapped numbers but Rod, who was splitting from his second wife Rachel Hunter at the time, didn’t call her for another six months.

At the time she was just 28 and he was 57, so his sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle was starting to calm down.

Penny said: "I got the best of Rod. And I am fully aware that even though I love listening to his stories of the crazy days, no relationship could really last then.

“I sometimes wish I could go back in time to the 1970s or 1980s, sit at a bar and observe him, but I’m glad our time came when it did.

“Rod is a very hands-on dad. He changed the boys’ nappies, he does the school run after a year of coming with me so he knew what to do.

"The boys love it because he will pick them up in a Lamborghini or a Ferrari."

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