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Rod Stewart confirms new baby due
Penny Lancaster and Rod Stewart
Penny Lancaster and Rod Stewart may get married in Scotland
Rock star Rod Stewart is to become a father again at the age of 60 - and will marry fiancee Penny Lancaster after the baby is born.

The baby is due in early December and the wedding is set for spring 2006.

News of the pregnancy had leaked out, but the couple waited to confirm until Lancaster, 33, passed her 12th week.

Stewart said: "I count myself blessed to have bestowed upon me the honour of fatherhood again with Penny, whom I love and cherish so much."

The couple, who have been together almost six years, announced in March this year that they were to marry after Stewart's divorce from ex-wife Rachel Hunter was finalised.

This will be Stewart's seventh child.

The star describes himself as a father of five children - Kimberley, 25, and Sean, 24, by first wife Alana Stewart; Ruby, 17, by former girlfriend Kelly Emberg; and Renee, 13, and Liam, 10, by second wife Rachel Hunter.

He also has a sixth child, Sarah Thubron, 41, born before he was famous following a teenage romance with art student Susannah Boffey.

He married Hunter in 1990 but they split after nine years.

After a 40-year career, Stewart has enjoyed one of his most successful periods to date, topping the US album chart for the first time and winning his first Grammy Award.

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