Rocker Bryan Adams, assistant are expecting a baby

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is about to become a father for the first time at the age of 51, his spokeswoman said on Monday.

The “Summer of ‘69” musician is expecting the baby in May with his personal assistant, a long-time employee who helps run his charitable efforts.

“Alicia Grimaldi and I are expecting a baby,” Adams said in a statement. “She helped me start my foundation years ago and it looks like she’ll be running the family now.”

His spokeswoman declined to describe the nature of their personal relationship. Adams maintains strict secrecy about his private life. Britain’s Sunday Telegraph, which broke the news, quoted an unidentified source as saying many of Adams’ friends did not know he was in a relationship.

Grimaldi, a Briton, helped set up the Bryan Adams Foundation in 2004, three years after graduating from Cambridge University, according to Adams’ Web site.

Adams, famed for such rock songs as “Summer of ‘69,” “Cuts Like a Knife,” and “Everything I Do (I Do It For You),” is in the middle of a U.S. theater tour.

Reporting by Dean Goodman, editing by Bob Tourtellotte