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    Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:15:09

    Rod Stewart Tried Yoga + Therapy to Get Through Post-Divorce Depression - He split with Rachel Hunter in 1998

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    Singer Rod Stewart has admitted he was depressed for four months when model wife Rachel Hunter left him in 1998. Hunter claimed she was unhappy and wanted out of their eight-year marriage and Stewart went into an emotional nosedive and tailspin.

    In his autobiography, Stewart reveals that Hunter was the first woman he was ever faithful to, so he went mad when the marriage collapsed.

    The singer wrote, "For four months, it was like some kind of 19th Century romantic fever. I lost 12 pounds in weight. I felt cold all the time. I took to lying on the sofa in the day, with a blanket over me and holding a hot-water bottle against my chest. I knew then why they call it heartbroken: you can feel it in your heart. I was distracted, almost to the point of madness."

    Aw, poor Rod.

    He tried therapy, but that didn't work.

    "I went to a bookstore and left with a bag full of books off the self-help shelves," he wrote. "Other methods of pulling myself out of the depths descended into farce. I'd decided to take up yoga, so a man came to the house to teach me the fundamentals (but) I fell over into the fireplace. And I tried therapy. This had never appealed to me. For me, I'm British: we don't do therapy."

    However, he soldiered on, writing, "But I was in extremis, so I went. Indeed, I tried three different therapists… One was a middle-aged woman, and what can I say? She came on to me. I'm sure there are one or two stern paragraphs advising against that kind of thing in the professional statutes for therapists. Anyway, no, I didn't respond to her interest. Instead, I got out pretty sharpish."

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