Rod Stewart didn’t even tell his closest friends as he battled prostate cancer

Sir Rod Stewart even kept his prostate cancer battle secret from his closest pals on tour.

And the rocker, 75, is actually incredibly generous – contrary to claims of his frugality.

Scots singer Johnny Mac toured with Sir Rod and enjoyed boozy backstage sessions with him. But the rocker never once mentioned he was having intense radiotherapy.

“You wouldn’t have known,” says Johnny. “My dad had the same cancer, and he was always asking about my dad’s check-ups.

“I didn’t know until [Rod] had the all clear, and my dad got his clearance the day after.”

Sir Rod once paid for Johnny to go to Rome with him to watch their beloved Celtic play – and they stayed for a week.

“He’s the most generous man I’ve ever met,” says Johnny. “He really rolls out the red carpet for us.”

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He adds: “All that stuff about him being tight is absolute b ** s.”

It comes after Sir Rod urged men to have their prostates checked after revealing he won his own battle with cancer because it was caught early.

The pop legend told how he was diagnosed with the disease in February 2016 during a routine checkup and secretly fought it for three years.

Sir Rod opened up about his prostate cancer during a fundraising evening with former Faces bandmates Kenney Jones and Ronnie Wood.

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Experts said revealing his battle could help save other lives as early stages of the cancer are symptomless and only a test can detect it.

The singer said at the event : “Two years ago I was ­diagnosed with prostate cancer.”

Sir Rod added: “No one knows this, but I thought this was about time I told everybody. I’m in the clear, now, simply because I caught it early. I have so many tests.”

Addressing men, he pleaded: “Guys, you’ve got to really go to the doctor.”

And he had the crowd in stitches when he said: “Finger up the bum, no harm done.”

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