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

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated February 21, 2005 08:00 AM

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.