'Do Ya Think I'm Sexy' singer reveals horrible physical side effects of drugs he used to treat vocal chords
He may no longer deserve the name Rod Stewart.
The 68-year-old rocker revealed that while some guys have all the luck — he certainly didn’t after continual steroid use shrank his... Maggie May.
“I let myself down on tours in the late 80s when I was addicted to steroids. In those days we didn't have in-ear monitors and the band kept getting louder and drunker, and I kept blowing my voice out,” Stewart told Mojo Magazine.
“The steroids will take down the swelling in any membrane — including your k--b-- — and it’s what you do when you’re in a bit of a pinch and need to do a show and you can’t sing,” the 68-year-old rocker told Mojo magazine, using a British euphemism for his microphone and amps.
The former Small Faces frontman found there was a big cost involved with using the drugs. While it saved his voice, it gave him reasons to sing the blues.
“One night, on stage in Sheffield, I thought I was in the kitchen with my mum because the steroids had eaten a hole in my stomach,” he told Mojo. “I was bleeding internally and hallucinating. What the audience must have thought?”
Stewart has overcome the side-effects, though — the notorious rock ‘n’ roll Lothario is married to model Penny Lancaster, 42, and has eight children, ranging in ages from two to 50, from four different women.
Though he called steroids “the most horrible drugs in the world,” Stewart did add that he still uses them about once a year “if I’m really struggling.
“It gets you through the show,” he told the magazine."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
MAY 14, 2013