"I count myself blessed to have bestowed upon me the honour of fatherhood again with Penny, whom I love and cherish so much" - Rod on Penny, 2005
This year has been a stellar one for Rod's fianceť Penny Lancaster, with her longtime love popping the question on bended knee atop the Eiffel Tower in Paris. "I was stunned, threw my arms around him and burst into tears," she revealed. "I opened the box and he had bought me the most amazing princess-cut diamond engagement ring."
The couple began dating in 1999 after Penny, then a 27-year-old photography student, snapped photos at one of the rocker's shows. After six years together, Rod, now 60, felt the perfect moment had come to take the plunge. "I left it this long because I wanted to get it right this time," he said. "I've never been happier and more in love than I am today." The couple have since announced they are expecting a baby this winter.