By now most of us have heard the news about Steven Tyler leaving American Idol after two seasons of sitting on the judge’s panel with Jennifer Lopez and veteran judge Randy Jackson; speculation as to why is still the buzz. According to an August 2012 article in Huffington TV Steven Tyler stated that he wanted to get his focus back to his first love Aerosmith; he also stated that sometimes he loved it and other times he hated it, and that a moment in life became larger than life. Steven Tyler admitted that judging the contestants had become unpleasant “The show’s about kids and what you do to nurture their talent,” Tyler said. “They wanted me to take the piss out of the kids and I don’t have that in me. That’s not what I’m about.”
For those of you who do not know Steven Tyler outside of American Idol, here are a few fun and unknown facts about Steven and his family: Steven Tyler was born March 26, 1948; his true name is actually Steven Victor Tallarico. Steven has been a musician since childhood and was in several bands as a teenager; in 1970 he and some friends formed the group Aerosmith with Steven as lead singer. Aerosmith is still going strong today and the band has become one of the greatest rock bands of all time; In March 2001 Aerosmith was inducted into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. In 1976 Steven met and had an affair with Bebe Buell a model and rock groupie; in 1977 she gave birth to a baby girl but never told Steven Tyler about the baby because of his drug use, she did not want him around her baby. Steven would not know about his daughter until years later; that daughter is well-known model and actor Liv Tyler! You can read more about it here .
Liv Tyler’s story is a fairytale in a happy ending kind of way; she was born in July of 1977 to Bebe Buell , her mother named her Liv Rundgren. Liv grew up believing that her biological father was musician Todd Rundgren . As Liv began to grow up she began to question her identity and began confiding her ideas and confusion in her diary; the people she grew up around were those in the rock-n-roll world, and she began to sense a well kept secret that had something to do with her and who she really was. At an Aerosmith concert when Liv was 9 years old she met Steven Tyler’s daughter Mia Tyler ; Liv saw that she and Mia looked alike. Liv had no doubt in her mind that Mia was her sister which also meant that Steven Tyler must be her father. Liv asked her mother if Steven Tyler was her father that night after the concert and Bebe Buell told her the truth; Liv legally changed her name to Tyler when she was 12 years old.
Liv Tyler is very close to both of her parents; when asked in an interview with James Ryan for Details Magazine if her mother still tucked her in at night, she answered – “Sometimes. Yeah, I must say she’s always tucked me in. Every night before bed I used to beg her to sing me ‘Communication Breakdown.’ That’s my favorite lullaby.” When asked if her father Steven wears her clothes, she answered no, she admitted that she wears her father’s clothes, and that his jeans are the same size as hers. Even more adorable is her answer in an interview for German Jolie when asked what she learned from Steven Tyler when she found out he was her father she answered, “My first makeup tips I got from him. My dad is a beauty pro and knows every good moisturizer.” Liv speaks fondly of her father and described him as a kid; she shared a story about Steven with her son Milo . One night Steven gathered his jewelry containing skulls and crossbones then put it in a chest which he buried it in the backyard; the net day he told Milo that outside there was a treasure full of gold hidden somewhere. Later that night Steven and Milo used flashlights and went out to dig for the buried treasure; you can read the entire interview here .
German Jolie interview by Andreas Renner; August 2008. http://www.lovelylivtyler.com/articles/int192.php
Huffington TV. Interview posted 08/01/2012.
James Ryan, Details Magazine Interview; April 1995. http://www.lovelylivtyler.com/articles/int29.php
LovelyLiv Tyler website, http://www.lovelylivtyler.com
Info/Family/ Bebe Buell, http://www.lovelylivtyler.com/info/family/bebe/
Info/Family/Mia Tyler, http://www.lovelylivtyler.com/info/family/mia/
Info/Family/Milo Langdon, http://www.lovelylivtyler.com/info/family/milo/
Info/Family/Steven Tyler, http://www.lovelylivtyler.com/info/family/steven/
Info/Family/Todd Rundgren, http://www.lovelylivtyler.com/info/family/todd/
Info/Life Story, http://www.lovelylivtyler.com/info/life_story/