Rod Stewart ‘inspired’ by split with Penny Lancaster for heartbreaking song

Celebrity Masterchef: Penny Lancaster jokes Rod is a challenge

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Ms Lancaster, of Loose Women fame, made her debut on BBC One’s Celebrity Masterchef this week alongside Melanie Sykes, Megan McKenna, Patrick Grant and Nabil Abdulrashid. After a positive reception from the judges, apart from a hiccup when asked to make crispy calamari and homemade tartar sauce, the model eased into the semi-final, which will be broadcast at 9pm tonight. The show will run for five weeks, with the celebrities competing in separate heats of five contestants.

Only two contestants each week make it through to the semi-finals, with the winner of each heat given the opportunity to compete in the Celebrity Masterchef 2021 final. 

Of course, Ms Lancaster has been married to former Faces singer Mr Stewart since June 2007. 

The couple began dating in 1999 and have two children, Alastair and Aiden.

Yet, Mr Stewart revealed in an unearthed 2013 interview that he and Ms Lancaster once split for two weeks, with the separation inspiring a Tom Waits cover on his album Time. 

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Speaking to Australian magazine Life, the Maggie May singer said: “I cover Tom Waits’ Picture In A Frame.

“Penny and I broke up for two weeks and the song is about that time. 

“I asked her for a photo of herself in a frame so that I could see her when I went to bed and when I woke up.”

Mr Stewart has had two previous marriages, one with Alana Stewart and the other with Rachel Hunter, whilst the Scot once claimed in an interview he had slept with “more women than [he] could count.”

He added in his Life interview: “I have taken a lot of risks when it comes to relationships but I have never gambled or smoked – women don’t like that. 

“You have to take the good with the bad, and women prefer when you’re truthful. 

“I have always loved women, won some, lost some, but it’s not about the magic touch, it’s about being a better person and a good listener.

“I met Penny in my fifties and if I had not learnt by that point in my life I was never going to.”

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Ms Lancaster confessed on Monday’s episode of Celebrity Masterchef that being married to Rod Stewart can be a challenge.

She quipped: “I like to take on a challenge – that’s why I married my husband.”

In the Nineties Ms Lancaster worked as a model before enrolling onto a photography class with the view of becoming a photographer.

Soon, her photography brought her into the orbit of Mr Stewart, who hired her to take pictures of him while on tour. 

Their relationship became romantic and in 2006 they were engaged, after the singer proposed to Ms Lancaster on top of the Eiffel Tower.

Mr Stewart admitted that more children were not on the agenda in 2019, and likened his manhood to a banana.

He told the Sun: “The banana is back in the fruit bowl. 

“My cue is back in the rack.”

Watch Celebrity Masterchef tonight at 9pm on BBC One.

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