Rod Stewart is a ‘very lenient’ father to his eight children: ‘None have gotten into any serious trouble’

Rod Stewart’s “Forever Young” disposition may benefit his eight children.

Stewart, 78, revealed a few insights into his parenting techniques through the years, and admitted he was a little more forgiving raising his kids than his parents were. 

“I don’t think I’m as strict with my kids as my mom and dad — especially my dad — were,” he told “Haute Living” of his laid-back methods. “I’m very lenient with them. None have gotten into any serious trouble. A couple dabbled with drugs, but that’s all done now.” 

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The award-winning musician has eight kids with five women. He welcomed his first daughter, Sarah, 59, with ex Susannah Boffey. Stewart has two kids, Kimberly, 44, and Sean, 43, with ex-wife Alana Stewart.

He welcome daughter Ruby, 36, with ex-girlfriend, Kelly Emberg. During his 16-year marriage with ex-wife Rachel Hunter, they had Renee, 31, and Liam, 29.

Stewart, who married wife Penny Lancaster in 2007, has two sons, Alaister, 17 and Aiden, 12.

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“I’m very proud of them all,” Stewart said. “When I’m on the road, I miss my family so much. I miss my wife. I always find them a wonderful luxury when I come home.” 

Stewart has been back-and-forth from “home” for years, but there’s no telling where he’ll land after Nov. 22 when his 11-year Las Vegas residency ends at Caesars Palace. 

“I’ve got one more session to go in November, and I’m not sure what’s next. Purely, I love Caesars Palace. They treat me like a king; they really do. But because I’ve made a swing album with a guy named Jools Holland, I really want to start singing that stuff. I want to promote it. If I go back to Vegas — and I’d like to — if the album’s a big success, maybe I could do a swing show, big band stuff. Who knows?”

One particular artist Stewart’s interested in working with? Lady Gaga.

“She’s a good singer, by the way, Lady Gaga. Really good,” he said.

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He also noted that his mom and dad were “extremely cooperative” and supported his dream of being a rockstar.

“They said, ‘Go for it, son.’ Way back then, to be in a rock band was like, ‘What do you want to do that for?’ My dad was especially encouraging, though,” Stewart recalled. “He bought me my first guitar when I didn’t really even want a guitar. His idea was, I think, ‘There’s some money in this, son.’ So, my whole family — including my two brothers — clubbed together and bought me my second guitar, a Zenith, that I still have and have had since I was 16 or 17 years old. 

“I beg any parents out there who have children who want to go into music to be encouraging because everyone should have that chance.”

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Once his residency is over, Stewart may head back across the pond though as he listed his mega-mansion in Beverly Hills for $70 million earlier this year, and has no interest in changing the price tag to meet any real estate demands.

The “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” musician first purchased the three-acre property in 1991 for $12 million and then commissioned famed architect Richard Landry to design the nine-bedroom, 14-bath mansion nestled in the affluent North Beverly Park enclave.

“Basically, I don’t want to sell it, and the kids don’t want me to sell if either,” Stewart told People magazine. “There’s too many fond memories. I’ve lived [in L.A.] since 1975, and I adore the place.”

Buyers beware; Stewart “won’t take a penny under what I’ve asked for.”

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