Liv Tyler Didn’t Know Steven Tyler Was Her Dad


For a decade, the actress thought another man was her biological father instead of the Aerosmith’ Steve Tyler frontman.

Liv Tyler was 11 years old in August 1988 when she looked up at a poster of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler on her bedroom wall and came to a realization that would rock her entire existence. “My mom has a diary entry or something where I wrote, ‘I think Steven is my father,'” she explained in 1997. Soon afterward, she confronted her mother, model and musician Bebe Buell, and discovered that her suspicion was correct. (

Steven Tyler, Liv Tyler and Bebe Buell

teven Tyler, Liv Tyler and Bebe Buell at the “Stealing Beauty” premiere in Los Angeles, California on September 7, 1996.

Up until that point, Liv believed that Utopia singer Todd Rundgren was her biological father. Buell, who was the Miss November 1974 Playboy Playmate, had a brief fling with Steven in late 1976, which ultimately resulted in their daughter’s birth in New York City the following July. Rundgren knew there was a chance he wasn’t Liv’s father, but he signed her birth certificate, gave her his last name and stepped in to raise her as his own anyway.

Buell had decided to keep the paternity a secret from Liv because of Steven’s reported drug addiction at the time. She has said that she and Rundgren “made a pact that he would be Liv’s father and if it ever became an issue, we’d tell her at 18.”

Before knowing he was her father, Liv felt a strong connection with Steven
Liv eventually figured out her biological father’s identity long before then, however. She first met Steven when she was around 8 or 9 years old at one of Rundgren’s concerts and recalls him buying her a Shirley Temple at the bar. Despite having “no idea who he was,” the actress says she “fell madly in love with him” and even bought and would talk to his posters.

“It must be chemical somehow – DNA and genes,” Liv explained. “I felt a connection in a very strong way when I met him as a little girl and I didn’t know why at first, but I figured it out rather quickly.”

Credit that, in part, to her striking resemblance both to him and his daughter Mia Tyler (with his second wife Cyrinda Foxe), who was born just more than a year after her. “I saw her standing at the side of the stage at a concert and I was literally like looking at my twin,” Liv said, noting they also have similar mannerisms.

After discovering the truth, she and Steven began fostering a father-daughter relationship, and she eventually changed her last name from Rundgren to Tyler. When she was in high school, Liv appeared alongside Alicia Silverstone in Aerosmith’s 1994 “Crazy” music video, and they teamed up again professionally in 1998 when Steven’s band contributed the rock ballad “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” to her movie, Armageddon.


Pubblicato da Steven Tyler su Lunedì 26 agosto 2019



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