10/25/2012 03:47 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Rod Stewart Dispels Gay Stomach Pump Rumors On 'Katie'

Rod Stewart is hoping to put some long-standing murmurings about his love life to bed, so to speak.

During an appearance on "Katie," Stewart told host Katie Couric that he is "as heterosexual as they come," in response to a question about a rumor the rock legend once had to have his stomach pumped after a wild night with sailors in San Diego, Greg in Hollywood and The Advocate are reporting.

According to Stewart, the myth was actually the work of a vengeful representative: "I used to have this guy work for me, he was a gay publicist. He’s dead now so he might be watching. I had to fire him because he did something terrible, which I won’t go into."

Stewart, who has been married to model Penny Lancaster since 2007, went on to note, "So he wanted revenge so he started this rumor about me, and it was horrible because my kids were at school. So that is definitely not true."

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