For three years singer Sir Rod Stewart was secretly battling prostate cancer. He recently revealed that he’d finally beaten the disease after it was caught early.
Stewart confessed about his prostate cancer diagnosis during a fundraising evening on Saturday with former Faces bandmates Kenney Jones and Ronnie Wood, 72. The charity event was to raise money for the Prostate Project and European Tour Foundation was at the Wentworth Club in Surrey.
He joked about going public saying he warned his wife, Penny Lancaster, 48, that he was going to use the evening to “come out.” The “Loose Women” co-host replied: “Tonight would be a nice night to come out of the closet."
”Stewart then explained: “No, it’s not what you think. Two years ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer.” Wood comforted his friend by putting his hand on Stewart’s shoulder as the audience of about 500 people reacted in shock.
Stewart’s former bandmate has gone down the cancer wormhole as he battled lung cancer before.
“No one knows this, but I thought this was about time I told everybody. I’m in the clear, now, simply because I caught it early. I have so many tests.”
Experts shared that Stewart’s revelation could actually help save other lives as early stages of the cancer are symptomless and only a test could positively detect it. The musician used his “coming out” story to urge other men to get checked.
Stewart pleaded: “Guys, you’ve got to really go to the doctor.” Joking further about his struggle he added: “Finger up the bum, no harm done.”
The disease that threatened the father of eight's life kills 11,000 men every year. Encouraging a positive outlook about being diagnosed, the singer shared that he kept a smile on his face and remained happy as “the good Lord looked after” him.
Wood and Stewart shared a hug which was received by an emotional round of applause. The Rolling Stones guitarist told him: “Somebody up there likes us, Rod.”
Stewart was informed in July that he was in remission. Celebrating the news with the audience at the event, he then launched into a rendition of “Maggie May” and performed a floss dance for the excited crowd.
Stewart and Lancaster share two sons, Alastair, 13, and Aiden, 8. On October 11, Stewart was honored by Prince William the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace for services to music and charity.
He was knighted earning the title “Sir Rod.”
August 24, 2019