Katharine McPhee and David Foster have always been an odd couple. Foster is 72 and McPhee is 38, meaning she’s younger than four of his five daughters (Allison, 52, Amy, 49, Sara, 41, Erin, 40, and Jordan, 36). Katharine and David welcomed their son Rennie last year, and everything still seems to be going smoothly. So smoothly that David and Katherine have now recorded a Christmas album/EP called, obviously enough, Christmas Songs. To promote the EP, they chatted with People magazine and they sort of admitted that, yeah, they’re a weird couple but it works for them. David also talks about being a father to this tiny baby after raising all of his daughters forty years ago. Some highlights:
Katharine on their musical taste: “People will always ask us at a dinner, ‘What music are you listening to right now?’ And he and I both just smile and look at each other and say, ‘We don’t really listen to music.’ We don’t listen to music in the car, though I do love putting on some jazzy stuff for dinner parties and stuff.” Adds Foster: “It’s not our thing to come home and put on music. We have a full life outside of music.”
Rennie travels with them: “He’s so much fun,” McPhee says. “We’re having such a great time, and we’re incredibly busy. We wish we weren’t traveling quite as much, but we get to take our little guy with us for most of this stuff.” So far, Rennie has traveled internationally to Mexico, Tokyo and Europe and domestically to Hawaii, Omaha, South Dakota, North Dakota and Las Vegas with his parents on their An Intimate Evening with David Foster & Katharine McPhee tour — and McPhee jokes “he won’t remember any of it.”
Foster’s dreams for his son: Still, Foster says “every day” with Rennie “is an adventure” — and he’s already showing his musical talents on the piano and his electronic drum pad. “We think [he’ll be musical], but we don’t know,” he says. “Kids, strangely, will do something for a while and then it’ll amaze you and then they just drop it and they don’t do it anymore. So we don’t know if the drumming thing is here to stay — I’d rather he have a tennis racket in his hand than a drumstick to tell you the truth. But anyway, if he ends up being a drummer, that would be great too. He loves watching our drummer, JR Robinson.”
Foster on welcoming another child in his 70s: For Foster, having a new baby was “not something” he thought was going to happen in his 70s, but “I haven’t regretted a single day of it. I’ve loved every single day. It’s the standard thing of like, ‘Oh, well you were so young when you had your children and you were working day and night, you never saw them.’ And there is some truth to that, sadly, for my [older] kids. I was just working a lot. Even though I’m working a lot now, I’ll cancel anything just to hang with him. It’s just different.”
Foster on his age difference with Katharine: Though Foster says he and McPhee “know we’re an unconventional couple,” they are certain they are the right fit for each other. “With Céline and [late husband] René Angélil, there was a big age difference, and after I was working with them for a long time it just became Céline and René. It just looked and felt normal. But it was, of course, kind of odd in the beginning. But I think we’re over that hump now with five years of being together, and hopefully people just start looking like we belong together because we feel like we do.” Adds McPhee: “Even if they don’t, we don’t care. We just love our history, how we met and where we are now. Sometimes we look at each other like, ‘This is so wild that we’re together.'”
Yeah, the age and experience difference is a lot, but it’s not like they got together when Katharine was fresh out of high school. She was in her 30s, she already had one marriage and divorce under her belt, and I think she probably just wanted the peace and security Foster could provide her. As for Foster becoming a father in his 70s… like, I couldn’t do that, but whatever. It is what it is and while I have plenty of thoughts, I’ll mind my business. I imagine he does have more time to be a hands-on father these days, as opposed to when his daughters were young. That being said, comparing himself and Katharine to Celine and Rene?? LMAO!!!
Photos courtesy of Backgrid, Xavier Collin / Image Press Agency / Avalon.
I long for the day when a 72 year old woman can be in a relationship with a 38 year old man and people won’t think that’s weird. Or tell boy toy jokes.
In other news today, David Foster also reported that water is wet and that the sun does indeed rise in the east.
Wow. I’m shocked.
I’m sure they have a nanny looking after the baby so it’s not that much of a chore for David.
I do not really care for either of these too. He is an infant with a massive ego and she is a far right MAGA wannabe. But whatever. I think they are at least decent parents if his other kids are any indication
His daughters from his second marriage have said he was barely around and they felt abandoned by him. That the Jenner boys (his stepsons at the time) got the parenting and “rich kid perks” from David, and they did not. So, I think how they turned out is purely due to their mothers.
They’re both MAGAts. No wonder they subscribe to the idea that an old man deserves a young hot wife if he has money and a hot young woman deserves money until she’s not hot or young.
Pass on both.
I didn’t know they were Republicans because David is Canadian and a conservative Canadian is far different from a MAGA supporter.
They give me ick vibes. I have seen them on The Social in Canada. They want to convince us it is true live, but look how he treated Yolanda and isnt this his 5th wife? PLLEASSSEE..I sideye any relationship regardless of gender that has a more than 20 year age gap. The imbalance in power is in play.
Fifth marriage is the charm! Lol
He’s just a gross cliche and she is meh. I’ve tried to care but just can’t.
Sadly, he’ll likely be looking for wife #6 in a year or two.
I agree. I read the autobiography of one of his ex-wives (I think Brody Jenner’s mom) and her descriptions of life with Foster were horrid, even though she tried to be really nice about it. It will be a piece of work for McPhee to keep him happy and interested. Not sure all his filthy riches are worth that, but ok.
Let’s also not forget that Celine was groomed by Rene since she was a child. So…
Came to say the same thing. Celine was 13 or 14 when she met Angelil. It makes me so angry when I see people describing what was basically predatory grooming of a naive child as though it’s some great love story.
Yes! That is not a comparison I would ever want to make. She was groomed as a child.
As a Brit I love that they named their child after indigestion/heartburn tablets.
They are not the same as Celine and Rene!! While the age difference is very strange and makes me raise my eyebrows, Katherine was 32 when they got together and not some fresh faced 19 year old. She was a fully formed adult. Supposedly Celine and Rene didn’t start dating until she was 19 and didn’t go public with the relationship until she was 24 and got married when she was 26. But based on everything I’ve read, she met him when she was 12 and was infatuated with him long before they officially got together and the whole story is ick. Celine romanticizes Rene as her great love and the only man she ever kissed (!!) and I just feel sorry for her that she doesn’t seem interested in dating someone her own age.