Thursday, May 30, 2024

Rod Stewart Finally Addresses Urban Myths: “I’m as Heterosexual as they Come”


Rod Stewart’s autobiography is out, and it’s as full of stories as Keith Richards’ book was last year. Rod is on with Katie Couric right now, and he just addressed the most persistent urban myth about him–that he had to have his stomach pumped after an encounter in a San Diego gay bar. Yes, they actually addressed this. Rod — who is very good natured in the interview– got a good laugh. “I’m as heterosexual as they come!” he laughed. He explained that a former publicist, who was gay, made up the story after Rod had to fire him. The story took on its own life, just like a similar one about Richard Gere (which is, yes, completely untrue).

This is how the story reads in his book:

“Toon’s revenge [for being fired] was absolutely inspired. He fed the press a story in which, as a consequence of an evening spent orally servicing a gang of sailors in a gay bar in San Diego, I had been required to check into a hospital emergency room to have my stomach pumped. With minor variations (the quantity of the extracted fluid tends to fluctuate: seven pints, three ounces, half a quart; it’s a relatively open field), this story has stayed with me ever since. Say what you like about Tony Toon— and God rest his soul— but he was good at his job.

For the record, then (and just to put it simply and clearly for posterity’s sake): I believe I was in the Hotel Cipriani in Venice on the night of the alleged incident. I have never orally pleasured even a solitary sailor, let alone a ship’s worth in one evening. And I have never had my stomach pumped, either of naval-issue semen or of any other kind of semen. Nor of anything else, for that matter. Again, it’s all about clearing these things up and moving forward.”


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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