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Rod Stewart: Penny Lancaster and I Broke Up for Two Weeks

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For a minute there, Rod Stewart was singin' the blues.

The "Hot Legs" crooner has revealed that he and wife Penny Lancaster briefly separated for two weeks after an argument, a heartbreak so devastating that it ended up inspiring a song on his new album.

"I cover Tom Waits' 'Picture In a Frame'" on my new album, Time," Stewart told Australian magazine Life (via the Daily Mirror). "Penny and I broke up for two weeks and the song is about that time. I asked her for a photo of herself in a frame so that I could see her when I went to bed and when I woke up."

The rocker didn't say exactly when the split occurred.

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Stewart, 68, and Lancaster, 42, have been together for 13 years. They began dating in 1999 and tied the knot in 2007—his third go-round at wedded bliss after previous marriages to model Rachel Hunter and Alana Hamilton (ex-wife of actor George Hamilton).

Along the way, the former Faces frontman admitted he's learned a lot about how to be a good partner.

"I have taken a lot of risks when it comes to relationships but I have never gambled or smoked—women don't like that," he said. "You have to take the good with the bad, and women prefer you when you're truthful."

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He added: "My relationship rule is, 'Don't argue after a glass of wine—leave debating until the morning.' I have always loved women, won some, lost some, but it's not about the magic touch, it's about being a better person and a good listener."

Some guys have the luck, huh?

Time—Stewart's first batch of original material in nearly 20 years—hit stores on Tuesday.

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