A 62-year-old divorced dad has revealed he is the subway-riding Rod Stewart look-a-like in photos that have appeared all over the Internet in recent weeks, but he insists he has never attempted to dupe anyone into believing he is the British rocker.
Stewart's manager Arnold Steifel recently opened up about the snaps after media outlets suggested Stewart had been spotted snoozing on the New York subway.
He said, "That's not Rod, he's in California... The real Rod has seen the picture, and he thought it was funny, but he said, 'Please let people know it isn't me'... This has been going on for years."
Brit Paul Anton has come forward as the subway Rod, but he wants fans of the rocker to know he has never claimed to be the Maggie May singer, and he is appalled by suggestions that he has been conning people into giving him free drinks and gifts.
He tells the New York Post's Page Six column, "I have never pretended to be Rod Stewart. I am a respected businessman with children, I have never asked for free drinks. I pay my own way. People do mistake me for Rod, but I always say I'm not him. I would like to shake Rod's hand and say I am not an imposter. I love his music, but I wouldn't pretend to be him."