Rod Stewart ‘happy’ for Scotland to leave Union despite ‘spiritual home’ claim

Rod attended the Pride Of Britain award on Saturday, which was broadcast last night on ITV. Hosted by Carol Vorderman and Ashley Banjo, the annual Pride of Britain awards celebrate and reward individuals who have acted bravely or extraordinarily over the course of the year. The event was attended by an abundance of stars, including Prince Charles, Ed Sheeran and Harry Kane, with the winners chosen by a panel of celebrities and well-known figures.

This year just under a dozen awards were handed out, including a lifetime achievement award for 82-year-old Rosemary Cox, who successfully campaigned for the first Organ Donor Register in the UK. 

The British scientists behind the Oxford coronavirus vaccine were also given special recognition. 

Rod, who was one of over 100 celebrities in attendance at the event, was born in Highgate, London but his father, Robert, was a proud Scot.

The singer, who expressed his desire for Scotland to remain in the UK in the run up to the 2014 referendum, nevertheless said he would be “happy” for them to leave if it were in their interests, both at the time and in an interview five years later.

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As reported by the Daily Mail, the Maggie May rocker said in 2014: “I’d hate to see the Union broken up after all these years.

“It’s always been my spiritual home ‒ but as I don’t live there I shouldn’t comment on independence.

“If it’s good for the Scots, I’m happy.”

Speaking to BBC Scotland’s The Nine programme five years later, the former Faces front man reiterated that he just wanted what was best for Scotland, but stressed its departure from the UK would be a “shame”.

In the Nineties, the Tartan Army member even sang Purple Heather with the Scottish Euro ‘96 squad, which was the country’s official song for the tournament. 

Despite his support for Scotland in football, Rod once admitted he does not consider himself Scottish. 

In an interview to mark his 70th birthday in 2015, he said: “It does surprise me when people say to me, ‘I thought you were Scottish.’

“I have never said I was Scottish.

“All I am is very proud of my father who was Scottish and the wee bit of Scottish blood I have in me. 

“It’s a spiritual thing for me.”

The Scottish Government, led by the SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon, hopes to hold a second independence referendum by 2023.

Ms Sturgeon, determined to meet next year’s deadline, formed a coalition with the Scottish Greens in August in the hopes of pushing through her IndyRef2 aspiration.

The Pride of Britain awards are available to watch on ITV Hub.

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