David Foster has opened up about welcoming a new baby in his 70s with wife Katharine McPhee.
The 72-year-old musician, who shares 1-year-old son Rennie with the 38-year-old singer, told People magazine that become a father again at his age was “not something” he expected, but added, “I haven’t regretted a single day of it.”
“I loved every single day,” the 16-time Grammy winner told the outlet.
He continued: “It’s the standard thing like, ‘Oh, well, you were so young when you had your kids and you were working day and night, you never saw them.
“And there is some truth in that, unfortunately, for my [older] kids. I was just working a lot. Even though I work a lot now, I’ll cancel anything just to hang out with him. It’s just different.”
Rennie is Foster’s sixth child and McPhee’s first. The record producer, who has already been married four times, is also the father of daughters Alison, 52; Amy, 49; Sarah, 41 years old; Erin, 40; and Jordan, 36.
Foster and McPhee married in June 2019. The “Smash” alum told People she “hoped” to have a child with Foster, but admitted there were “no guarantees.”
In December 2020, McPhee confirmed speculation that the couple were expecting their first child together when she posted an Instagram photo showing off her baby bump. The couple welcomed Rennie in February 2021.
On Father’s Day this year, McPhee shared a slideshow of photos featuring Foster, including an image of the Canadian native holding Rennie sitting next to her on a couch.
“Happy dad to the man @davidfoster who loves me like i never could have dreamed and made me complete in life by making me a mom,” she wrote in the caption.
McPhee continued, “I love our little family. I love our big family. You’ve NEVER complained about how your life is slightly different now. Well…you’re just complaining that you can’t stay. up late watching TV in bed, but how can I blame you – it’s your favorite thing.
“You just made giving birth to Rennie an absolute joy for me. To many more adventures baby!”
Foster told People that he and the “Over It” singer “knew we were an unconventional couple,” but they’re sure they go together.
He pointed Celine Dion and her late husband René Angélil, who also had a significant age gap.
The “My Heart Will Go On” singer was 12 when she first met Angélil, who was 38. He became her manager, and the pair shared a close relationship that turned romantic when she was 19.
They married in 1994 and were married for 22 years until his death from throat cancer in 2016.
“With Celine and [late husband] René Angélil, there was a big age difference, and after working with them for a long time, it became Celine and René,” Foster told the outlet.
“It looked and felt normal. But it was, of course, a little strange at first. But I think we’ve gotten over that hump now with five years of being together, and I hope people will start to feel like we belong together because we feel like we do.”
“Even if they don’t, we don’t care,” McPhee said. “We love our history, how we met and where we are now. Sometimes we look at each other like, ‘It’s so crazy that we’re together.'”
McPhee and Foster first met in 2006 while she was on the fifth season of “American Idol.” Foster was serving as a guest mentor and helped McPhee practice for his rendition of the Whitney Houston song “I Have Nothing”, which he wrote.
McPhee said they “remained friends all these years.” They were first linked in 2017 and got engaged after more than a year of dating.
The two recently collaborated on a seven-track holiday scrapbook titled “Christmas Songs”. In December, they will embark on a six-city tour in support of the collection, which is slated for release on November 25.
McPhee joked that she “guilted” Foster into recording the album with her: “I said something like, ‘It’s really crazy, I’m married to the biggest producer, basically of our lives, and you only recorded me on a few songs. Then he said, ‘OK, well, why not do a Christmas album?'”
Foster said, “I love that we can do everything together. We really love being together.”
“He just said this to me the other night: ‘We have so much fun together,'” McPhee added. “It feels like we’ve been together for 10 years, in a great way.”
Foster said the couple were unsure if Rennie would follow in their footsteps and pursue a career in music. However, he noted that the infant was already developing his musical abilities on the piano and electronic drum pad.
“We think [he’ll be musical]but we don’t know,” Foster said. “Kids, strangely, will do something for a while and then it’ll amaze you and then they’ll drop it and they won’t do it again.
“So we don’t know if the drum thing is here to stay – I’d rather he had a tennis racket in his hand than a chopstick, to tell you the truth. But either way, if he ends up being a drummer, that would be great too.”