Rod Stewart writes letter to his 16-year-old self: "What else could I have been?"

17 September 2018, 10:21

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By Tom Eames

"I was born to be a show-off".

Sir Rod Stewart has said that he could not have been anything but a rock star in a letter to his former self.

The 73-year-old said if he knew what being a star would be like would not have put him off continuing with a career in the music industry.

In A Letter To My Younger Self in The Big Issue magazine, he said: “The idea of being splashed all over the tabloids for years – that wouldn’t bother the young Rod.

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“He’d love the thought of all that attention.

“He was born to be a show-off. With a nose and haircut like that there was nothing he could have been but a rock star.

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“I always say that to Ronnie Wood. What else could we have been?

“We weren’t going to work in Sainsbury’s, that’s for sure. There’s nothing wrong with working in Sainsbury’s by the way.”

He added that “the 16-year-old Rod wouldn’t believe I’m still doing this at 73”.

“He would be totally surprised that I’m absolutely still enjoying it as much now as I did back then,” he said.“And I mean that, it’s not bull***t.”

Last week, Rod Stewart announced a UK tour for 2019, in support of his upcoming 30th album Blood Red Roses.