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Music producer David Foster, 68, is engaged to 34 year-old singer/actress Katharine McPhee. It will be David’s fifth marriage and Katharine’s second. At the time of their engagement, some comments from David’s daughters on social media highlighted how young their mom-to-be is. Three out of four of David’s children are older than Katharine and his daughters have called her “mommmyy” and “stepmom” on social media along with joking that they hadn’t heard of the engagement. There’s speculation that this means they’re rolling their eyes at their dad’s engagement, but someone wants us to know that’s not the case and that they’re happy for him. There’s no mention of the fact that Katharine and David are reportedly planning to have children as soon as possible.
David Foster‘s daughters Erin and Sara couldn’t be more thrilled that Katharine McPhee will be their new step-mom.
“They love Katharine, and they’re happy about the engagement,” a source tells PEOPLE of the sisters, who starred in the VH1 reality show Barely Famous.
“Of course they joke about the age difference,” the source adds (Erin, 35, and Sara, 37, who are both older than McPhee, 34), “but she’s so sweet and really gets along with the family. She’s spent a ton of time with them. No one has anything bad to say about her.”
Adds the source: “They love their dad — they jokingly call him a ladies’ man, but they have a good time with it. There’s no bad blood.”
That’s good I guess, but it sounds like damage control or like someone is trying to get ahead of a story. I know that David Foster was married to Yolanda Hadid from 2011 to 2017, but I didn’t realize that his third wife, from 1991 to 2005, was Linda Thompson, whom I know as Bruce Jenner’s first wife. (His children are primarily from his first and second marriages.) Linda was asked about her ex’s engagement and she expressed concern for the age difference but then backtracked:
“I wish them well,” the 68-year-old told Us… She added that she “can’t dodge” the headline-making news about Foster, 68, and McPhee, 34.
“I think the only thing that’s a real deterrent, I think, is the age difference,” Thompson said. “But I think life doesn’t have any guarantees anyway. If you find someone you love, go for it, you know? [McPhee is] a lovely person. She’s beautiful and she’s talented, and they have that musicality in common, so that goes a long way.”
I’ve only seen this lady interviewed once, for Caitlyn’s 20/20 profile (before she was called Caitlyn), and I really like her. She’s straightforward and seems genuine. I imagine her saying this with her eyebrows raised slightly and giving a shrug, like “whatever, that’s ancient history, I’m well rid of him.”
In sad news, Katharine’s dad passed away earlier this week. She had to cancel some performances of her Broadway show Waitress in the wake of her dad’s death.
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