Rod Stewart talks about supporting his wife’s struggle with menopause

Rod Stewart talks about supporting his wife’s struggle with menopause

Menopause has recently been in the spotlight, thanks to celebrities such as Michelle Obama, Judy Greer, Courteney Cox, Naomi Watts, and others speaking out about their experiences. Rod Stewart, on the other hand, is a rare man who speaks out.

In a new interview with the Sunday Times, the legendary singer described how he helped his wife of 15 years, Penny Lancaster, deal with hormonal changes.

Stewart admitted that he hadn’t had a partner go through menopause because his first two marriages, to Alana Stewart and Rachel Hunter, ended when the women were still in their 30s.

“I hadn’t seen [menopause] before because my marriages didn’t last that long, so Penny was the first, but she would get into blinding fits of rage,” Stewart, who shares two sons with 51-year-old Lancaster, shared. “One night she threw utensils, so I and the boys gave her a hug and since then she’s worked to let people know what it is.”

Stewart researched menopause to better understand what Lancaster was going through. The British signer supported Lancaster’s Menopause Mandate campaign in April in order to raise awareness about the issue.

The campaign aims to improve medical education about menopause and increase access to Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), which is not free in England.

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

Last year, a “Young Turks” signer suggested that husbands and partners take menopause education classes to better understand what women go through, calling the classes a “very good way to go.” His desire to educate other men stems from his own inability to comprehend Lancaster’s journey.

“I Googled and Googled and Googled. I Googled menopause so much when she was going through it,” Stewart shared on the British talk show Loose Women in 2021, the Independent reported“She was in a fragile situation. I just had to listen and learn and get ready for saucepans being thrown through the kitchen.”

He called the initial experience “frightening because this really wasn’t the person I married.” But by openly discussing Lancaster’s feelings, the couple dealt with it.

“We talked about it, which I think is the most important thing a couple can do, and she explained to me — through the tears, as Penny likes a cry — and talked it through, and that’s what couples do,” said Stewart.

Ultimately, Stewart said he believes “Men have got to get on with it, understand and come out the other end.”

Lancaster claimed she initially mistook the common symptoms of menopause, such as mood swings, hot flashes, and decreased libido, for COVID-19 because the onset occurred during the lockdown period. She was prescribed antidepressants but later 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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