Rod Stewart and his wife, Penny Lancaster, found themselves in big trouble after she posted an Instagram video mocking ISIS-style executions. The 72-year-old Stewart issued an apology, claiming that their video was “misinterpreted.”
Stewart and the 45-year-old Lancaster have been married since 2007, but started dating back in 1999. They had their first child, Alastair Wallace Stewart, in 2005. Their second son, Aiden Patrick Stewart, was born in 2011.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Stewart has an estimated net worth of $235 million. The same site notes that Lancaster has an estimated net worth of $20 million.
Here’s a look at Lancaster and their current controversy.
1. Stewart Said They Were ‘Playing Out Game of Thrones’ in His Apology
Stewart and Lancaster were visiting Abu Dhabi this past week and she has posted several photos from the trip on Instagram. On March 2, she posted a video that appeared to show Lancaster, Stewart and a group of friends re-enacting an ISIS beheading in the desert. The video shows Stewart pretending to behead a friend.
The video was deleted, but it still exists online. It can be seen above.
Stewart sent a statement to the BBC, apologizing for the video and calling it “misinterpreted.”
“From re-enacting the Beatles’ Abbey Road crossing to spontaneously playing out Game Of Thrones, we were simply larking about pre-show,” Stewart said in a statement. “Understandably, this has been misinterpreted and I send my deepest apologies to those who have been offended.”
2. The Video Caused Outrage in the U.K., With 1 Person Hoping Stewart Loses His Knighthood
The video caused outrage in the U.K. John McCarthy, a former hostage kidnapped in Lebanon during the 1980s, told the BBC that Stewart turned “a grotesque thing into a kind of pantomime,” adding that relatives of other victims would be “absolutely sickened.”
As Metro notes, one Twitter user even thinks that Stewart should lose his knighthood. He was knighted just last year during the 2016 Birthday Honors.
Others were amazed that an adult would find beheadings funny.
Stewart was in Abu Dhabi for a stop on his new world tour. On March 15, he heads to the U.S., where he will perform at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas form March 15 to March 22.
3. Lancaster Is 27 Years Younger Than Stewart
There is a 27-year age gap between Stewart and Lancaster. The British rock legend met Lancaster in 1999 at a Christmas party, according to Hello Magazine. She was a photography student at the time and he invited her to take pictures of his next concert. Nine months later, he asked to see the photos and to take her out to dinner.
At the time he met Lancaster, Stewart was still married to his second wife, Rachel Hunter. Their divorce wasn’t finalized until 2006.
Stewart has seven children from his relationships with first wife Alana Hamilton, girlfriend Kelly Emberg, second wife Hunter and third wife Lancaster. He also had a daughter with art student Susannah Boffey in 1963. Named Sarah Streeter, she was raised by adoptive parents.
Stewart and Lancaster were engaged to be married before they found out that they were expecting their first child, Alastair.
“We’ve been together nearly eight years now and there’s not much we don’t know about each other,” Lancaster told The Daily Mirror in 2007. “We’re entering into the seriousness of marriage and the commitment for life and we couldn’t be more sure about it than now.”
4. Lancaster Revealed That She was Sexually Assaulted at 12 Years Old
Lancaster has occasionally been a co-host on Loose Women, a U.K. daytime talkshow series. When on the show in November 2016, she revealed to the audience that she was sexually assaulted at age 12 by a man on the subway. She was on her way to school and said that a man put his hand up her skirt.
“Being tall and strong I was able to fight this man off,” Lancaster recalled. The man then fled and was never arrested.
“There are a lot of evil men who prey on people and it has nothing to do with what they wear,” Lancaster said on the show. “Parents are encouraged to do car pools, going in groups. But children should definitely be advised not to travel alone.”
In November 2016, Lancaster raised some eyebrows for graphically describing her birthing experiences on Loose Women.
5. Lancaster & Stewart Briefly Split After 13 Years Together
After 13 years together, Lancaster and Stewart split. The split lasted just two weeks, but it was long enough to inspire Stewart to record an emotional cover of Tom Waits’ “Picture In A Frame” on the album Time.
“Penny and I broke up for two weeks and the song is about that time,” Stewart told Life Magazine in Australia. “My relationship rule is, ‘Don’t argue after a glass of wine – leave debating until the morning.’ 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,” he added. “I met Penny in my 50s and if I had not learnt by that point in my life I was never going to.”
Lancaster confirmed that Stewart asked her for a picture of her to put by his bed during their break-up in an interview with The Mirror. She called the split a “wake-up moment” for him.
“I actually think it might have been his wake-up moment – kind of ‘What am I doing letting her go?’ Bless him,” Lancaster told the Mirror in 2013.