The Who‘s Roger Daltrey has revealed how he discovered he was the father of three children he never knew about.
The rock icon, 74, says that he was never told of their existence after their mothers gave them up for adoption. They only contacted him after his 50th birthday and were born in the period between his divorce from first wife Jackie and marriage to his second wife Heather.
“They all came into my life after my 50th birthday,” he told The Mirror.
“It was great – it’s all worked out. They stay in touch and they’re close, so that’s great.
“I’ve tried to do my best about a situation that couldn’t change because it happened a long time ago.”
As well as fathering the three children in secret, he is also father to Simon, 55, from his first wife Jackie; Mathias, 50, born to Swedish model Elisabeth Aronsson; and Rosie, 46, Willow, 43, and Jamie, 37, with his second wife, Heather Taylor.
Daltrey revealed how during The Who’s wilder days, Heather was happy to accept that there was the chance of him playing away.
“Heather is amazing. To find a woman who understood what this business was like, who I was and who we were, and to accept that and still want to be with me when I came home was a gift from the universe”, he said.
“Whether that’s an open marriage or just a matter of being honest with her, because I was never going to be the perfect husband in that sense. So when I come back off tours, we don’t talk about it. She accepted that.
“And you can criticise it, you can say whatever. But all I can say is, whatever we did it worked because we’ve been together for 50 years and I’m starting to like it.”
Earlier this year, Daltrey also proved to be an outspoken critic of Jeremy Corbyn, labelling him a “communist”. In the same interview, he admitted that he is a critic of the Me Too movement – describing it as “salacious crap”.