Rod Stewart's first wife ALANA is thrilled the notorious lothario is marrying PENNY LANCASTER - as she is convinced the leggy photographer is finally the right woman for him.

Alana, 59, admits she was amazed when the former FACES frontman popped the question to the 34-year-old blonde in March (05), but she hopes the older, wiser Stewart is ready to settle down at last.

Alana was married to Stewart for six years, who then wed his second wife, New Zealand supermodel Rachel Hunter, with whom he is currently in divorce proceedings.

She says, "I think Penny's really good for him. She's down to earth and doesn't seem crazy or neurotic.

"Although he's not the easiest person in the world to live with, she seems to cope pretty well.

"I think men tend to settle down when they get older and, when they get to their 50s or 60s, they probably don't want to chase girls around so much.

"Do I think Rod and Penny will stay together forever? I think there's a better chance now."

22/05/2005 10:47