Rod Stewart recently dropped a bit of news folks weren’t exactly expecting: He’s cancer-free, after beating diagnosed with prostate cancer three years ago.
This came as a bit of a surprise because Stewart hadn’t officially announced the diagnosis in the first place. Despite keeping it mostly hush-hush, the legendary singer revealed the news, as reported by the Mirror, as a means of urging other men to be proactive about their own prostate health.
The Mirror reported that Stewart made this announcement at a fundraising event put on by Kenney Jones and Ronnie Wood, his old pals in the Faces:
Sir Rod, famed for his sense of humour, even cracked a joke about going public.
He said he warned wife Penny Lancaster he was going to use the evening to “come out”.
The 48-year-old Loose Women star replied: “Tonight would be a nice night to come out of the closet.”
The singer said: “No, it’s not what you think. Two years ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer.”
Ronnie, who has battled lung cancer, put his hand on his pal’s shoulder as the audience of 500 reacted in shock.
Sir Rod added: “No one knows this, but I thought this was about time I told everybody. I’m in the clear, now, simply because I caught it early. I have so many tests.”