Rod Stewart is the latest rock star to open up about the candid details of his personal life in a memoir.
The 67-year-old rocker is out with a new memoir, titled “Rod: The Autobiography,” and on Wednesday he spoke with Michelle Beadle of Access Hollywood about some of the juicy revelations fans can expect. The book's salacious details range from everything from his love life and partying during the heyday of his career to the rock super group he planned but never got going with pals Elton John and Freddie Mercury.
In the book, Stewart dispelled rumors that he has had a large number of romantic dalliances over the course of his life. “I’ve got to be honest with you. People try and say that I have had thousands of girls -- I haven’t,” said Stewart. “I’ve probably had 50 or 60.”
But despite the English rocker’s string of serious relationships and marriages (he has been married three times and has fathered children with five different women), he also admitted to suffering his own share of heartbreak.
“It seemed like you fell hard,” said Beadle, referring to Stewart’s second wife, Rachel Hunter. “And then she’s the one that broke your heart.”
“Yeah, Karma,” Stewart responded. “Looking back, she was probably too young. She was 21, I was 45. So she hadn’t really spread her wings. She hadn’t lived.”
“And to be married to me? She was constantly in my shadow,” continued Stewart. “Even my sister said as we were going down the aisle, she said, ‘I think Rachel’s going to break Roddie’s heart.’ She never told me but, but you know, that’s life. And we’re best of mates now.”
Stewart also discussed the role drugs played in his life and the lives of his bandmates, though he said that his drug intake was more moderate than some of his fellow musicians. “As far as the drugs are concerned, I was never an addict,” he said. “I was never, you know, in rehab. It never affected my family or my relationships or anything. I was just a social user.”
But that wasn’t the case for his “Faces” bandmate Ron Wood, whose frequent cocaine habit burned a hole through his nasal septum. The result apparently scared Wood and the other band members so much that, according to Stewart, they switched to taking cocaine suppositories.
"It scared Ronnie," he said. "Yeah, it did. So we found another method of taking the drug ... We'd put it a little pill, like the French do, and put it in a suppository. We did that for a little while,” said Stewart. “Are we still on the air?” he added, laughing.
Stewart, who remains close friends with Elton John, claimed that the pair, along with deceased rocker Freddie Mercury, had tossed around the idea of forming a super group, back in the day. “It was going to be called, ‘Teeth, Nose & Hair,’” said Stewart, admitting that the name “must have been the drugs talking.”
Stewart also revealed that he has finished recording his first album of new material in over a decade, slated for release next spring. He recorded the new album, whch is not yet titled, with his longtime co-writer and co-producer, Jim Cregan.
"About a year ago I was sitting at my house in England, and (Cregan) came around and said, 'Come on, let's try to write a song,’” Stewart remembered. "And I said, 'No, I can't be bothered. Those days are over.' But we sat down, I started humming a melody and he took it away and sent it back and said, 'Listen, this is pretty good,' so I wrote some words for it and ever since then it's been just flowing like a river. The songs just keep going. An issue which I thought had long past and which I'd given up, songwriting, has come back, and I'm thoroughly enjoying it."
Stewart hopes to begin performing the songs in February or March.