David Foster Opens Up About Raising a Baby at 73 and Reveals the Positive Side of Late Parenthood
At 73, David Foster is not only adjusting to the idea of parenting a baby at this stage of his life, but he is also trying to figure out how to raise a son for the first time after being a dad to 5 daughters. The music producer has been totally honest about the ups and downs of late fatherhood and explained the one important thing he can offer his son at his age.
With his oldest daughter being 52 now, we can say that the Grammy award-winning producer has decades-long experience in the field of parenting. However, Foster explains that he is still struggling and noted, "I had all daughters until my son and I love all my daughters immeasurably, but having a son is a little bit different.’’
Foster welcomed his baby boy, Rennie, with his wife, Katharine McPhee, in February 2021. And despite their 35-year age difference, the couple is deeply in love and doesn’t seem to be bothered by the comments regarding this large gap.
He once explained, ’’People always make the reference with Kat and me with the age difference, but I’ve always said there are so many things that can bring a marriage down, and age difference is just one of them.’’ Foster added, ’’There are so many things that can go wrong. We think we have it pretty together."
However, when it comes to becoming a dad once again, this time in his seventies, the famous producer is well aware of the challenges that this might entail. He admitted, ’’I won’t be around when he’s 50 or 40 even, or 30 maybe.’’
Nevertheless Foster is choosing to look at the bright side of late parenthood, saying, “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.”
Aside from his wisdom, Foster also believes that patience is another important quality that he gained with age and experience. He explained, ’’I was not patient when I was young. I was arrogant and just on the move."
Despite still being active and on the go, Foster wants to savor every little moment with his baby boy because he knows how time is valuable. He noted, “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.”
Our life journey is unpredictable, and even though Foster admitted that having a baby in his seventies was ’’not something’’ he saw coming, he is over the moon to have his son Rennie, saying, “I haven’t regretted a single day of it.”
Do you agree that we can raise a child at any age? What do you think are the positive aspects of late parenthood?