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Ladykiller Rod Stewart Admits He Got "Tired" of Constant Sex on the Road, Wanted to "Be in Love" 

Photo: Penny LancasterFew rock stars have the ladykiller reputation that Rod Stewart does, but he now admits that back in the '70s, when it was groupies wall-to-wall, he actually started to get tired of all that sex.

In an interview with the U.K. paper The Daily Mail, Stewart says that when he was on the road with his band The Faces, "Women literally threw themselves at [us] 'cause we were cute and we were British."  However, he claims he and his band mate Ronnie Wood -- now a member of The Rolling Stones -- "just got tired of sex after a while, and we were only in our early 20s." 

Why was he tired of what most men would give anything to have?  Rod explains, "I got bored of not feeling affectionate towards girls.  I wanted to be in love.  I wanted something special.  After a while it was sad, it was actually sad.  I remember being at a hotel in Cannes and we were shagging ourselves [silly] and I said, 'This is bleeping depressing.'  And it was.  You just felt empty....the older you get . . . the more tragic it gets."

With his desire for love, it's no wonder Stewart hasn't gone more than a few months without being in a relationship, and no wonder he's had eight kids with five different women, some of whom he even married.  Rod insists that all of those relationships were serious, and that he's been in love more times than you might think.

"I was definitely in love with all the mothers of my children.  Then there were a few relationships where I thought I was in love," he tells the Daily Mail.

Though Stewart freely admits to the Mail that he was a terrible womanizer during the height of his career --  "even by rock star standards, I was pretty awful," he says -- these days, things have slowed down quite a bit.  He's married to his current wife, Penny Lancaster, for five years, but they've been together for 10, and they have two young children.

"I don’t get as much as I used to.  Once kids come along, it’s not as frequent," he admits.

Rod spills tons more beans about his rock and roll lifestyle in his upcoming autobiography, due out October 23.

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