Singer Steven Tyler and wife Teresa.
02/21/2005 at 08:00 AM EST
Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler and his wife, Teresa, are separating after 17 years of marriage, he announced Sunday in a statement through his band?s publicist.
"Before the tabloid media makes more of this than it is, I am announcing that my wife Teresa and I are currently separated," said Tyler, 56, asking the public to respect their privacy.
"We're just a family trying to work through a difficult time. A little privacy and sensitivity – for Teresa, my children and myself – would be nice."
The couple have two teenage children, Chelsea, 16, and Taj, 13.
Tyler is also the father of model Mia Tyler, 26, from a previous marriage to
Cyrinda Fox, and the actress Liv Tyler, 27, from a previous relationship with
Bebe Buell, a former model and Playboy Playmate of the month.