Sir Rod Stewart used to dump his lovers by leaving a plane ticket on the bed when he wanted them to leave, Sir Elton John has claimed.
Sir Rod, 74, had a hit with I Don't Want To Talk About It and it appears he took it to the extreme when it came to ending relationships, Sir Elton has revealed in his new book Me Elton Johnserialised in the Daily Mail.
Elton recalled: "It was absolutely dreadful behaviour: I'd have one leaving at the airport at the same time as the new one was flying in.
"It was a decadent era, and plenty of other pop stars were behaving in a similar way —Rod Stewart occasionally let girls know he'd finished with them by just leaving a plane ticket on their bed, so he wasn't going to win any awards for chivalry either."
Stewart - who has eight children with five different women - was recently revealed to be on good terms with three of his exes as they were pictured with him and current wife Penny Lancaster as they celebrated his daughter Kimberly's 40th birthday.
Lancaster has said that she and Sir Rod's three former partners Alana Stewart, Kelly Emberg and Rachel Hunter all get on.
And Sir Rod recently told Women's Own magazine the secret to the success of his 12 year marriage to Lancaster was having their own personal space.
He said: "Penny and I like our silence. We live in a very big house and we don't bump into each other for hours on end."
Stewart has two sons with Loose Women presenter Lancaster, 48, who he married in 2007, named Alastair, 12, and Aiden, eight.
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Watford President Elton John greets Graham Taylor at Vicarage Road today (Thursday) as he arrives to take up his new job as General Manager/PA. Elton John is back at the helm of division two Watford after heading a consortium of investors to take over at Vicarage Road from Jack Petchey, it was announced on 26.4.97. The multi-millionaire will now chair both the new board and a holding company which now owns the club. The former England manager Graham Taylor, who has been influential in bringing John back to Vicarage Road, will also remain a pivotal figure at the club as general manager.
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Rock legend Elton John at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he received an honorary membership today (Wednesday). The singer-songwriter, who has sold 150 million records, joined the exclusive club of eminent musicians, whose 250 members include conductor Bernard Haitink and tenor Jose Carreras. Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA. Watch for PA story SHOWBIZ Elton.
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They met in 1999, the year he split from model Hunter, 49, after nine years together. They share 27-year-old daughter Renee and son Liam, 25.
Before that he was in a relationship with model Emberg, 60, for seven years, they have a 32-year-old daughter Ruby.
Before that he was married to actress Alana Stewart, 74, for five years and they are parents to Kimberly, 40, and Sean, 39.
Sir Rod also has a 56-year-old daughter with Susannah Hourde. She was given up for adoption, but has since being reunited with her father.