Bay City Rollers Les McKeown's 'rock' wife who forgave his 12 affairs with men

Bay City Roller fans were devastated yesterday at the news of Les McKeown ‘s death.

His biggest fan though, was his wife Peko Keiko, who had been ‘a rock’ to her late husband over the years.

The band’s frontman died suddenly at home aged 65, surrounded by his family.

Peko is said to be “heartbroken”, his former manager John McLaughlin revealed and fans are beyond devastated.

Back in 2009, Les branded his wife an “incredible woman” after she forgave him for being unfaithful and having 12 gay affairs, writes The Mirror.

The Bay City Rollers star first made the revelation during his time filming reality show Rehab for Living TV.

He said at the time: “I’ve been a bit of a George Michael, meeting people, often strangers, for sex.”

Les and Peko were married nearly 44 years.

His wife Peko held their family together in the wake of the scandal.

Les previously gushed over his wife who he credited for being a “big rock” during that time.

At the time, he told The Scottish Sun in 2009: “Peko’s an incredible woman. There have been times when she’s forgiven me for cheating with other women. I think this has been harder.

“This gay thing has been really hard for her to confront.

“She has been a big rock holding the family together and I’m really lucky to have her.”

LOS ANGELES – AUGUST 1976: Scottish rock band ‘The Bay City Rollers’ pose for a portrait in December 1978 in Los Angeles, California. (L-R back) Derek Longmuir, Leslie Mckeown and Ian Mitchell, (L-R front) Eric Faulkner and Stuart ‘Woody’ Wood. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

The couple raised their son Jubei together during their marriage.

Sparks stated flying when Peko and Les started dating in 1978.

It’s believed the couple were married for nearly 44 years until his tragic death.

In the past, Les thanked his wife for “putting up” with him for “this long” and working through the “rough patch”.

He said previously Starsat60: “God know why she’s put up with me for this long, she could have kicked my arse right out the door a long time ago.

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“We went through a bit of a rough patch but then we got back together again and everything is good now.”

Musician Les died suddenly at home aged 65 with his family surrounding him on Tuesday, leaving fans devastated
Musician Les died suddenly at home aged 65 with his family surrounding him on Tuesday, leaving fans devastated

His death has left his wife “heartbroken”, according to his former manager John McLaughlin.

Speaking to us yesterday, John said: “I’m very sad and shocked and so is Keiko, his wife. She is heartbroken and called me from Les’ phone with the news. I picked up and thought it was Les wanting a chat.

“I’m still in shock right now, I spoke to him last week and he was on great form and happy about life and happy to book his tour.

“We were friends as well as working partners. He was hoping to get it all going again and he was one of the hardest working men in the music industry. We got on so great and he was great fun to be around. He had his moments but was always a good laugh to be around and a great performer.”

Les’ death was announced via the band’s Facebook page with a statement from his family.

It read: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our beloved husband and father Leslie Richard McKeown. Leslie died suddenly at home on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

“We are currently making arrangements for his funeral.”


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