Rod Stewart Talks Supporting His Wife’s Battle With Menopause: ‘Men Need To Understand’

Rod Stewart spoke about the importance of supporting his wife, Penny Lancaster, through her menopause. (Photo: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Langan’s)

Menopause has been in the news lately thanks to Michelle Obama, Judy Greer, Courteney Cox, Naomi Watts and other famous women sharing their experiences. However, Rod Stewart is the rare man to speak up.

In a new interview with the Sunday Times, the legendary crooner opened up about what it was like helping his wife of 15 years, Penny Lancaster, with hormonal changes. Although he’s 77, Stewart admitted he hasn’t experienced menopause with a partner because his first two marriages, to Alana Stewart and Rachel Hunter, ended when the wives were still in their 30s.

“I hadn’t seen it [menopause] before because my marriages didn’t last that long so Penny was the first but she threw up blind tantrums,” shared Stewart, who has two sons with Lancaster, 51. “She threw paraphernalia one night so me and the boys hugged her and since then she’s been working to let people know what it is.”

To properly understand what Lancaster was going through, Stewart educated himself on menopause. In April, the British signatory supported Lancaster’s Menopause Mandate campaign to raise awareness of the issue. The campaign aims to expand medical education about menopause and increase the availability of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which is not free in England.

Rod Stewart opens up about his wife's Menopause Mandate campaign.  (Instagram/Rod Stewart)

Rod Stewart opens up about his wife’s Menopause Mandate campaign. (Instagram/Rod Stewart)

According to Stewart, “men need to understand and not just go to the pub.”

Last year, the Young Turks signee suggested that husbands and partners take menopause education classes to help them understand what women are dealing with, saying the classes are a “very good way”. . His desire to educate other men springs from his own struggle to understand Lancaster’s journey.

“I googled and googled and googled. I googled menopause so many times when she was going through it,” Stewart shared on the British talk show Permissive women in 2021, The Independent reported. “She was in a fragile situation. I just had to listen and learn and prepare for pots being thrown around the kitchen.”

He called the initial experience “scary because this really wasn’t the person I married”. But by being open about Lancaster’s feelings, the couple dealt with it. “We talked about what I think is the most important thing a couple can do and she explained it to me – in tears, like Penny likes to cry – and talked it through and that’s what couples do,” she said Stewart.

Ultimately, Stewart said he believes “men have to deal with it, understand it, and come out the other end.”

Lancaster said she initially mistook the usual symptoms of menopause, which include mood swings, hot flashes and decreased libido, for panic attacks as COVID-19 has emerged during the lockdown since it began. She was put on antidepressants but eventually discovered hormone replacement therapy.

“Now that I’m on HRT, it’s like a fresh start. Not the end, but the beginning of a new chapter,” Lancaster said.

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