Liv Tyler: Mother made me resilient
Liv Tyler credits her mother, former model Bebe Buell, with giving her the strength and self-confidence to be an independent woman.
The Lord of the Rings actress is the daughter of rock god Steven Tyler and former model Bebe Buell.
Liv spent her childhood believing her mother’s then-partner, singer Todd Rundgren, was her father before she discovered the truth after attending an Aerosmith concert at age 11.
Neither father figure was very present in her young life.
Liv credits Bebe, and her maternal grandmother, Dorothea, with instilling her strong sense of self.
“I was raised by the women in my life,” Tyler told Net-a-Porter's The Edit.
“That’s made me incredibly strong and resilient. I’ve always been able to support myself and my family on my own."
Liv confessed men still remain “a bit of a mystery” to her all these years later.
The 36-year-old shares an eight-year-old son, Milo, with her ex-husband, British musician Royston Langdon. The couple announced their separation in 2008, five years after they married.
The star's little boy has been the most stable male presence in her life.
“[Men] are visitors. They visit my life. I am always surprised when there is one around,” she explained.
It’s a sentiment Liv shares with her half-sister, Steven’s daughter Mia.
The women bonded when Liv saw their striking physical similarities and pieced together her paternal history.
Decades later, they still share sisterly advice.
“We had to do our own thing," Tyler said.
The actress recalled a recent conversation she had with her sister about "love and boyfriends”.
“'Let love be like dessert,’” she remembered Mia saying.
“'Enjoy it when it's there, but you don't want to eat dessert at every meal, all day long.'”
The thought struck a chord with Liv. She also realised at that moment how similarly they had been affected by a lack of fatherly guidance.
“I thought, yeah, yeah, that makes so much sense,” she said. “And then I thought, wow, that's so interesting: both Mia and I [have that view] of what a man in our life is like."
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