Becoming a grandparent is a truly life-changing experience and for many grandparents, the moment they first hold their grandchild in their arms is a surreal and deeply emotional experience.
That certainly seemed to be the case for singing sensation Rod Stewart who recently had the pleasure of meeting his two grandchildren for the first time.
The 78-year-old shared the heartwarming moment with his fans on his Instagram page with a series of touching photos of his first meeting with little Louie and Otis.
In one photo, a beaming Stewart cradled little Louie in his arms, who is wearing a blue onesie. In a second photo, a still-smiling Stewart holds a sleeping Otis in his arms.
‘Happy Grandad,” Stewart captioned the image.
The Stewart clan was no doubt overjoyed when daughter Ruby welcomed her son Otis on Tuesday, May 9 but the good news didn’t end there with Stewart’s son Liam also welcoming his son Loiue only days later on Friday, May 12.
Louis’ full name is Louie Mark Roderick Stewart, with his middle name serving as a heartfelt tribute to his grandad.
After recently disclosing his desire to retire from the world of “rock ‘n’ roll touring” and embark on a new chapter, Stewart will no doubt find himself with plenty of time to spend with his two precious grandchildren.
Stewart made the bombshell revelation during a recent interview with the Daily Record where he announced that although he wants to move away from touring he is not planning on retiring entirely anytime soon.
“Next year will be the end of my rock ‘n’ roll touring. I want to do something different. It feels like an end of an era,” he said.
“All things must come to an end.
“I’m not retiring and I still love singing, I just want to do something new. I might do a few folk clubs playing guitar. Just be different.”
Stewart spoke candidly about how performing in the “big tours” had lost its appeal as it keeps him away from his children.
“I don’t want to do the big tours anymore, especially in America. It takes me away from my kids for so long,” he explained.
“It used to be OK because it was fun and games. It is still fun and games but I miss my kids so much.
“I’ve got one more year doing big gigs in South America, Australia, a Las Vegas residency, some more in England and a couple in Edinburgh.
“But I’m not retiring – I just want to move on.”