Rod Stewart celebrates fatherhood at 66 with birth of eighth child

Feb 17 2011 - 2:12pm

LONDON -- Veteran rocker Rod Stewart, 66, has become a father for the eighth time after his model wife, Penny Lancaster, gave birth to a baby boy, a statement said Thursday.

Aiden, who was born on Wednesday, is the couple's second child, and a brother to Alastair, age 5. The rock star has six other children from previous relationships.

"After the long-awaited arrival of their second child, Rod and Penny are proud and thrilled to welcome Alastair's baby brother, Aiden, into the world. Mother and baby are healthy and blissfully happy," said a statement.

The couple had struggled to conceive naturally and went through several rounds of IVF before Lancaster, 39, became pregnant.

Lancaster, a model and photographer, became Stewart's third wife in 2007, but had known him for several years previously.

He has children with each of his previous wives, Rachel Hunter and Alana Hamilton, as well as from a relationship with model Kelly Emberg.

His first child, Sarah, was given up for adoption when the singer was a teenager.

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