Sir Rod Stewart is "eight different fathers" to all his children.

Rod Stewart with his wife Penny Lancaster-Stewart, with whom he shares two sons

Rod Stewart with his wife Penny Lancaster-Stewart, with whom he shares two sons

The 76-year-old rock legend has eight kids with five different women and he loves nothing more than getting them all together when it is possible.

Rod enjoys a close relationship with all his offspring, but he admits that he has to be a multi-faceted parent because they are all at different stages of their lives.

Discussing what it is like to be the head of such a big brood, he said: "The age group is 10 up to 58, you have to be, like, eight different fathers. You can't be the same dad to your 26 year old as you can to your 10 year old."

Rod's family includes 58-year-old daughter Sarah, from a teenage relationship, Kimberly, 42, and Sean, 41, with first wife Alana Hamilton Stewart, Ruby, 34, with Kelly Emberg, Renee, 29, and Liam, 27, with second wife Rachel Hunter, and Alastair, 15, and Aiden, 10, with his current spouse Lady Penny Lancaster-Stewart.

Rod was speaking on UK TV show 'Loose Women', on which Penny is a regular panellist, and during the show he opened up on how he supported his 50-year-old wife when she was struggling with the menopause.

The 'Maggie May' singer wanted to learn as much as h could about the changes Penny was going through so he could be as supportive as possible.

He said: "It was frightening because she wasn't the woman I married.

"Penny explained it to me through the tears, because she loves a cry, and we talked about it. The husband's job is to shut up and get on with it. I Googled and Googled and Googled.

"I found with the two boys when Penny had a mood and it wasn't quite right I would say, 'Mum is going through a hormonal time, be kind to her.' It didn't work!"