Chris Evans: Virgin Radio host explains why he turned down lunch with Rod Stewart and wife

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Chris Evans, 54, revealed he had a one-on-one interview with legendary two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame star Rod Stewart, 75, but when the invitation was extended to lunch at his luxurious home in Essex, the Virgin Radio DJ turned it down. But not to worry, he had a good enough reason and the hosts were more than understanding.

Family is the most important thing and they know that, that’s what they live by

Chris Evans

Chris told his listeners that he had been psyching himself up for the informal chat, and had to repeat a mantra to himself before he arrived.

“Do not mess this Rod Stewart conversation up!” he revealed he had told himself on the day.

“We’re in his house, he’s given us a couple of hours.

“He actually asked us to stay for lunch, which was fantastic but I can’t!” he moaned.

The former BBC DJ revealed he had prior commitments that forced him to say ‘no’ to an incredible lunch with the Stewarts.

He chuckled: “I had to get back for the kids.

“Penny was the one who actually extended the invite for lunch,” he added, referring to the singer’s wife, TV personality Penny Lancaster.

“I said to Tash, ‘What do I do?’ and she said, ‘Well, what can you say?'”

But the loving dad put his family above pleasure and stuck to his original plans.

“Family is the most important thing and they know that, that’s [what] they live by,” he gushed.

Chris shares four young children with wife of 20-years Natasha; 11-year-old Noah, seven-year-old Eli and two-year-old twins Walt and Boo.

But recently he started to notice how much time they have been spending on their tablets and in front of the TV, which led to a family discussion with Tash about certain restrictions when it comes to screen time.

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He spoke freely about the rules that were implemented by his parents when he was younger, but considered investing in a family game that they can all play together.

Speaking to his co-star Rachel Horne, Chris said: “We all watch telly.

“We had to be in bed before 9pm, no telly between 6pm and 7pm as my mum and dad had the news on.

“But the screen time now, it seems to be in bigger chunks, like two hours on a Saturday or half an hour here and there!” he exclaimed, noting how children’s TV has evolved over the years.

“Moderation is key,” Rachel interjected after he asked her if he was going crazy.

“Screen time can be a really good thing!”

She explained a certain scenario where she believes said amount of screen time would be acceptable, suggesting family games are the best way to go about it.

Chris nodded as he revealed: “I’m on semi-thin ice here but also semi-safe territory, as I know the kids aren’t listening because I know they’ll have been dropped off at 8am and they can’t hear what I’m saying.

“We are considering letting them have something like that this Christmas,” he admitted that he and Tash have been in talks about how to control the screen time of their young ones.

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show airs weekdays at 6:30am on Virgin Radio.

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