In 1975, Steven Tyler convinced the parents of 14 year old groupie Julia Holcomb (Holcolm) to sign over guardianship to him so that she could live with him in Boston. Here is a photo of them together…
Tyler who was 27 at the time, dated and did drugs with Holcolm for 3 years before they eventually broke up after unplanned pregnancy which resulted in an abortion. Tyler returned Julia to her parents at the age of 17. Julia is mentioned in the book ”Walk This Way” as Diane Hall to conceal her identity. Anyone know the whereabouts of Julia?
UPDATE: In an interview in May 2011, Tyler spoke about how he is still haunted by the abortion and how it caused a downward spiral for him. After the abortion, Tyler began an affair with Playboy model and notorious groupie Bebe Buell while still seeing Julia. As for Julia at the time, Bebe said,
“There were many suicidal calls from poor Diana (Julia) as they were breaking up. It was actually a pretty sad time.”
Here’s a photo of Steven and Bebe who would eventually give birth to his daughter actress Liv Tyler in 1977.
Tyler went on a European concert tour, accompanied by Bebe, she recalls:
“He was crazy … totally drunk, really out of it. … Steven destroyed his dressing room at Hammersmith … when we got back from Europe. … One night I found him on the floor of his bathroom having a drug seizure. He was writhing in pain.”
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?”
UPDATED (May 24, 2011): A feelnumb.com reader just sent us a link with Julia’s story. How she met Steven, their life together, the abortion and what she has done since leaving Steven…