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'I won't be around when he's 40 or 30': David Foster admits he struggles to raise baby son at 73

Foster, 73, welcomed son Rennie, 23 months, in 2021 with wife Katharine McPhee, 38
David Foster with his 23-month-old son Rennie and wife Katharine McPhee (Presley Ann/Getty Images, @katharinefoster/Instgram)
David Foster with his 23-month-old son Rennie and wife Katharine McPhee (Presley Ann/Getty Images, @katharinefoster/Instgram)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: David Foster, 73, has opened up the struggles of raising his 1-year-old son Rennie. The Canadian musician who is married to singer Katharine McPhee, 38, has many adult children from previous relationships, is now readjusting to being a new father in his twilight years. All of his five previous children are daughters, while his youngest child with his current wife is a son.

Foster and McPhee have been married since 2019, with Foster having been married four times previously. His first marriage was to writer BJ Cook from 1972 to 81, with whom he shares daughter Amy; his second marriage was to Rebecca Dyer a year later from 1982 to 86. Dyer and Foster had three daughters, Sara, Erin and Jordan. After that he was married to Linda Thompson and then to Yolanda Hadid; neither marriage produced children.


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"I had all daughters until my son and I love all my daughters immeasurably, but having a son is a little bit different," the multiple Grammy nominated musician said. "At this point in my life, it's different again," Foster said. He was at the Music Center in Los Angeles during an event to honor Jerry Moss on Saturday. "Not better or worse, just different. I still work, I'm still gone a lot, but maybe the time is a little more precious to me because I got more runway behind me than I have ahead of me now."

Katharine McPhee posts a pic of son Rennie, 1, on her Instagram stories. (katharinefoster/Instagram)
Katharine McPhee posts a pic of son Rennie, 1, on her Instagram stories (@katharinefoster/Instagram)

He admits to needing more patience to parent in later life than he would in his prime years. "I was not patient when I was young," he sais, according to Daily Mail. "I was arrogant and just on the move." He has also stated that despite the age gap between him and his wife, and him being in his later years, he hopes to be able to guide his son well. "I think that I can offer one thing to Rennie even though I won't be around when he's 50 or 40 even, or 30 maybe," explains Foster. "I think I can offer him wisdom from my 72 years on the planet. And maybe that's not a bad trade-off. I hope so."

Foster had earlier opened up about his experiences as a new dad in October to People. He had said that he ‘loved every single day’ and that, "It's the standard thing of like, 'Oh, well you were so young when you had your children and you were working day and night, you never saw them.' And there is some truth to that, sadly, for my [older] kids. I was just working a lot. Even though I'm working a lot now, I'll cancel anything just to hang with him. It's just different."