Steven Tyler once took legal guardianship of a teenager who became his fiancé



There have been many horrific stories over the years of the abuse and mistreatment of young women and girls by the music industry. A 2018 documentary titled Look away is all about baby groupies and their harsh treatment at the hands of an industry that protects powerful celebrities.

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One of the women interviewed for the documentary opened up about her past relationship with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.

A bride and ward

According to Life site news, just after her 16th birthday at the end of 1973, Julia Holcomb met Steven Tyler at a concert in Portland, Oregon. Her young life had already been marked by trauma. She and her two siblings lived with their mother. The father left when they were little, his infidelity and gambling debt negatively impacting the struggling family.

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After an accident that claimed the lives of her younger brother and grandfather, her mother divorced her first stepfather who was an alcoholic. Holcomb and his sister lived with an aunt and uncle for some time after the tragic event. When they returned home to their mother and second stepfather, their world was different. She and her sister were often left alone. Then her sister left at 16 with a boyfriend.

At 15, Holcomb befriended a young woman in her twenties who would teach him how to hook a rock star in what she called one of the most dangerous friendships she has ever had. never had. Feeling like a third wheel at home with her mom and stepdad, when Julia went backstage to meet Tyler after one of Aerosmith’s concerts, it was a highlight of her life.

Holcomb learned shortly after starting their relationship that his mother had placed her guardianship on Tyler so that he would not be arrested for crossing state lines with her. For Tyler to tell her after the fact was traumatic for the young woman who felt abandoned by her mother. Tyler told her he got his mom to sign saying “I need this for you to enroll in school.”

From there, Holcomb was immersed in a world of drugs, sex, and rock and roll. Chaos, however, was familiar to him.

A nightmarish relationship

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Tyler expressed a wish to have children after living together for a few months. Contrary to what Tyler has said in the past, the pregnancy would have been planned. Moved when he sincerely asked her if Holcomb wanted children with him, she said yes and the following year found out she was pregnant. Tyler expressed his enthusiasm when she told him.

A few months later, he asked Holcomb to marry him and took her to meet her family. Her father would have had serious reservations about the proposed marriage. Her grandmother refused to give her her wedding ring for Holcomb.

Holcomb and Tyler got into a fight as they left that night, and the relationship quickly deteriorated afterward. Holcomb, as a ward and carrying her child, was in a position of helplessness.

Holcomb stayed in their Boston apartment while Tyler and his band were on tour. She had no money, no education, no driver’s license, and no prenatal care.

The apartment building they live in burned down and Holcomb barely escaped, crawling up the fireplace. She woke up in the hospital to the doctor telling her that Tyler thought it was better for her to have an abortion. Holcomb maintained that she wanted to keep her baby.

At five months, it would be illegal to have an abortion a week later. Tyler told her that she could either have an abortion or go home to her mother and have the baby there. Feeling abandoned as she had been with her father, she surrendered. Tyler remained with her throughout the procedure, although he was reportedly addicted to cocaine and untied. The abortion left Holcomb emotionally devastated.

In early 1977, Holcomb left Tyler who was already seeing another woman.

Life goes on

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Holcomb returned to her mother and her second stepfather who went on to have a little son she loved. It was then that she realized that her second stepfather was trying to be a good husband and father, and she started to care about him over time. The family returned to church and Holcomb obtained a GED with the help of her mother, eventually finding a job and a husband whom she calls her true hero. They have six children of their own and an adopted daughter.

Contrary to what Tyler said, Holcomb maintains that she didn’t have a pregnancy before that. She hasn’t spoken to Tyler in years.

Tyler had a short relationship with model Bebe Buell who gave birth to Liv Tyler in 1977. Buell claimed that Todd Rundgren was Liv’s father to protect her from Tyler’s drug addiction. In 1978, Tyler married Cyrinda Foxe who was the mother of model Mia Tyler born in 1978. Tyler’s marriage to Fox ended in 1987.

In 1988, Tyler married clothing designer Teresa Barrick, and they had Chelsea in 1989 and their son Taj in 1991. The couple’s divorce was official in January 2006. Tyler became engaged to Erin Brady in 2011 after a five-year relationship. They ended their relationship in early 2013.

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