As mentioned above, David Foster is 73 years old. His fifth wife, Katharine McPhee, is 38. In early 2021, these two lovebirds welcomed their first baby together, Rennie. Now, you’d think that a dude who was born the same year they wrote the Geneva Convention might have some reservations about becoming a dad for the seventh time. But David has said he has no regrets. And, over the weekend, he told People that, even though he may not be around when Rennie gets older, he can offer his son “wisdom from my 72 years on the planet.” Wisdom like: “Don’t let your fourth wife near tall grass during tick season,” or “When you’re driving on the freeway at night, keep your eyes peeled for Ben Vereen.”
David tells People that he’s aware of the “naysayers” who questioned his decision to have a baby so late in life. But he thinks his advanced age makes him as wise as that talking willow tree in Pocahontas:
“I think that I can offer one thing to Rennie even though I won’t be around when he’s 50 or 40 even, or 30 maybe,” explains Foster. “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.”
David, the average life expectancy of a man in America is 77. You’re really swinging for the fences with that “30 maybe.” But whatever helps you sleep at night!
David has six other children, all daughters: Allison, 52, Amy, 49, Sara, 41, Erin, 40, and Jordan, 36. Rennie is his first boy, and he says that while he loves all his daughters “immeasurably,” having a son is “a little bit different.” David adds that his age also factors into this:
“At this point in my life, it’s different again,” says Foster at the Music Center in Los Angeles during an event to honor Jerry Moss on Saturday. “Not better or worse, just different. 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.”
Despite this, Foster says it requires “patience” to be the father of a toddler at 73 — a skill he admits he did not have when he was raising his five daughters. “I was not patient when I was young,” he says. “I was arrogant and just on the move.”
Congrats, Rennie. You’ll have a much more present father than your older sisters did. For a little while, at least. On the plus side, you can always re-live your parents’ love story watching old American Idol clips.