Why Rod Stewart’s Marriage to a Younger Woman, Penny Lancaster, Is So Successful

Sugar Daddy Rod Stewart And Penny LancasterSinger Rod Stew­art and model Penny Lan­caster tied the knot in 2007, and despite their 26-year age dif­fer­ence, they’re known for being incred­i­bly happy and still very much in love. In a recent inter­view, Lan­caster revealed the secret behind what makes their mar­riage work (gen­tle­men, start tak­ing notes). “He really is hugely romantic—champagne, flow­ers, can­dlelit din­ners,” said Lan­caster. The celebrity cou­ple also often takes off on roman­tic vaca­tions, like their recent trip to Portofino, where their wed­ding took place.

There was one other impor­tant detail that turned their May-December romance into a long-lasting mar­riage. “Peo­ple often say that if you have to work hard at a mar­riage then it’s not nat­u­rally good, but I think that’s totally wrong,” said Lan­caster, adding, “Rod and I are nat­u­rally in love and that is what binds us together. But to keep the spark alive in your rela­tion­ship you really have to work at it.”

Lan­caster also has some words of wis­dom that are espe­cially per­ti­nent for cou­ples with an age dif­fer­ence: “You have to make sure you are still lis­ten­ing to one another and under­stand­ing each other’s needs because they do change through­out the years.”

She admits that the dynam­ics of her rela­tion­ship with Stew­art have shifted since they had kids, and she knows that things will only get harder as they get older—after all, Stew­art is almost 70. Nonethe­less, Lan­caster is con­fi­dent that with “com­mu­ni­ca­tion, trust and hon­esty,” they’ll be able to work through anything.

Stew­art has also shared his trick for keep­ing his young model wife happy—he takes her on a roman­tic get­away at least three times a year, and makes sure that they make love “three qual­ity times a week.”

What do you think: Will Rod Stew­art and Penny Lancaster’s mar­riage sur­vive another 10 years?

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