Singer makes the announcement "before the tabloid media makes more of this than it is"

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.