Steven Tyler of Aerosmith Haunted by Girlfriend’s Abortion

Long before he won accolades as an American Idol judge, Steven Tyler was a bona-fide rock star, with all that that implied. In 1975, when he was in his late 20s and the lead singer for the band Aerosmith, Tyler persuaded the parents of his 14-year-old girlfriend, Julia Holcomb, to make him her legal guardian so that they could live together in Boston.

When Miss Holcomb and Tyler conceived a child, his longtime friend Ray Tabano convinced Tyler that abortion was the only solution. In the Aerosmith “autobiography,” Walk This Way (in which recollections by all the band members, and their friends and lovers, were assembled by the author Stephen Davis), Tabano says: “So they had the abortion, and it really messed Steven up because it was a boy. He … saw the whole thing and it [messed] him up big time.”

Tyler also reflects on his abortion experience in the autobiography. “It was a big crisis. It’s a major thing when you’re growing something with a woman, but they convinced us that it would never work out and would ruin our lives. … You go to the doctor and they put the needle in her belly and they squeeze the stuff in and you watch. And it comes out dead. I was pretty devastated. In my mind, I’m going, Jesus, what have I done?”

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders defines a traumatic event as follows: “1. The person experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others. 2. The person’s response involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror.”

Those who support abortion rights assure us that post-abortion complications are a myth. But Steven Tyler cuts through this fog of denial and lays it on the line: Jesus, what have I done? . . . (continue reading)




  1. Helene

    I sympathize with Mr. Tyler’s heartbreak over his aborted son, but what about the fact that he was involved with a minor at the time? Doesn’t this consitute statutory rape?

  2. Christine

    I can’t get past that either, Helene. The girl was 14 years old. Where were her parents when some man, almost 30 years old, molested their child? Only death and destruction came from their union. This is tragic.

  3. Robert

    This is really a tragedy. But I think it is clear that Steven Tyler regretted it right away. Though he responded in a destructive manner, the regret is the first step to total reconcilliation with all those involved (God, the unborn child, the young girlfriend, and himself, etc.) I pray he is able to see and take full advantage of the mercy in God’s love and Son.

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