Rod Stewart ended ’20 minute’ Joanna Lumley relationship because she was ‘too posh’
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The Maggie May crooner, 76, was once known for his promiscuity and wild antics before he settled down with third wife Penny Lancaster, who he’s been married to for nearly 14 years. Sir Rod once described having to “peel girls off” him on tour in the US and eventually craved a relationship, adding: “I wanted to be in love.” Lumley was linked to the singer during her younger days and in a damning revelation Sir Rod revealed why their “fling” came to an end.
Lumley briefly dated the star in the Seventies when he “still wore pink satin suits and drove a Lamborghini”.
The Absolutely Fabulous actress, then a model, was seen in a series of photographs with Sir Rod where they appeared very loved-up.
The black and white images showed them embracing and pressed-up against one another outside in a garden.
In one striking image, the couple gave icy stares into the camera lens as they lay with their bodies entwined.
Lumley was in her twenties when they were an item and described Sir Rod as particularly “glamorous”.
Rod Stewart revealed that he thought Joanna Lumley was ‘too posh’ for him
Joanna Lumley, who dated Rod Stewart in her twenties, was a model before she starred on Ab Fab
In 2018, she told BBC Radio 2: “I went out with Rod Stewart for about 20 minutes, I suppose.”
Lumley then clarified: “No, it was a little bit longer than that.”
During their courtship, Sir Rod was still performing with Faces – who he worked with for several years after 1969.
Lumley “adored” the band and admitted that she was thrilled to get “to meet and know them”.
She even claimed that Sir Rod dedicated a song to her, which he covered because she “adored” the song.
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The track, Girl From The North Country, was originally released by US star Bob Dylan in 1963.
Lumley recalled Sir Rod “pitching up quite early one morning” with a gift for her.
She said: “They keep very late hours, those boys, because they record through the night.”
Lumley later clarified that it was “quite late, in the early morning” and would have been between three and four.
She continued: “He had got this track and he put it down, and said, ‘This is for you.’”
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Lumley “adored Bob Dylan” and so hearing Sir Rod perform “this fabulous song, touched me so much”.
When Radio 2 host Jo Whiley asked how it made her feel to listen to the song now – around four decades after their romance – she said: “Fantastic…”
But then she admitted she was surprised to not find her name mentioned on Sir Rod’s album.
Lumley said: “I studied the album and it doesn’t say, ‘Dedicated to Joanna Lumley’.
“So you have only got my word for it.”
Joanna Lumley and Rod Stewart were an item in the Seventies when she was a model in her twenties
Later when Whiley quipped that she could be making it up, Lumley replied: “I could be lying.”
Sir Rod also spoke out about their relationship and admitted that she “was a wonderful woman” but initially he was “scared” of her.
In 2010, he told Piers Morgan that she was “so uppercrust” it intimated him.
Sir Rod said: “I was actually scared to talk because Joanna talked awfully wonderfully.”
He thought she was “too posh” for him and believed she would mock him for the “North London” accent.
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Despite his reservations, he described her as “wonderful” and said “bless her” before he claimed to feel guilty about ending their relationship.
Sir Rod listed her being “too posh” and his longing to pursue other women, as the reason they broke up.
He said: “It’s horrible, the only way I can defend myself is [that] I was going through the cards.”
Sir Rod explained that “going through the cards” meant he was “trying to find the right woman”.
In 2012, he tried to defend his actions from that period by claiming that women “literally threw themselves” at him.
Joanna Lumley, who dated Rod Stewart, is best known for her role in the TV show Absolutely Fabulous
Sir Rod told the Daily Mail: “You can’t understand if you haven’t been through it.”
He claimed to have been “literally peeling girls off” and believed it was due to being “cute” and “British”.
Sir Rod’s appetite for casual hook-ups declined over time as he longed for “something special” instead.
He said: “You just felt empty, if you’re 17 or 18 it’s great fun.
“In your twenties it’s fine, but the older you get… the more tragic it gets.”
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