Julia Holcomb has previously spoken of her past relationship with Aerosmith's lead singer Steven Tyler and their traumatic break-up when she had a late-term abortion while the two were dating in 1975, but not quite like this. In association with anti-abortion group Silent No More, Julia recalls her traumatic experience in a video, passionately exploring her haunted past and her journey from despair to redemption.
At the age of 16, in the fall of 1973, Julia Holcomb began a relationship with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith when the two met backstage after a concert. Despite her young age, Julia's mother signed guardianship of her over to Tyler and the two lived together in Boston where she would eventually become pregnant with his baby.
According to Holcomb in an article she penned for LifeSiteNews back in May 2011, she and Tyler had planned for the baby. Though Tyler has denied the claim, Holcomb wrote, "It is not true that my pregnancy with Steven was unplanned, as has been written. After some months together, Steven spoke to me of his desire to have a child. He had grown up in the New Hampshire countryside and at times he behaved like a down-to-earth farm boy. He wanted a family and he asked me if I was willing to have a child with him. I was touched by his sincerity and said yes."
Once she became pregnant, Tyler allegedly promised to marry her, but declined only after family members expressed their disapproval. "Looking back, I do not fault him for a change of heart after his parents expressed concerns," she wrote. "Still, I was in a bad position. I thought I loved him, I wanted to marry him, and he had asked me to marry him; now the wedding was off and I was very angry with him for not standing by me."
In the fall of 1975, while Tyler was away on tour, Holcomb awoke in the middle of the night to see their Boston apartment was on fire. She barely escaped with her life by taking refuge in a fireplace where she eventually passed out before firemen finally pulled her out to safety. She suffered no brain or lung damage and, most of all, her baby remained healthy.
After Holcomb recovered, she recalled, Tyler pressured her to have an abortion, arguing that the baby would be brain-damaged as a result of smoke inhalation. Holcomb refused, so tyler switched gears and told her to go home to her parents and have the baby. Fearing she'd be ostracized from both her family and Tyler, Holcomb succumbed and agreed to abort the baby. In her words, he promised "everything would be fine" once the abortion finished.
Everything did not turn out fine for Holcomb, who recalled the abortion as a "horrible nightmare I will never forget." She wrote:
The doctor did not explain what the procedure would be like. Steven watched when the doctor punctured my uterus with a large needle. Then I was taken to a room to wait for the contractions. Steven sat beside me in the hospital until it was over. When the nurse would leave the room he was snorting cocaine on the table beside my bed. He even offered some to me once, but I just turned away, sick inside. Steven, high on cocaine, was emotionally detached, witnessing the procedure but cut off from the normal reaction and feelings of horror you would expect. At the time I was shocked and hurt by his behavior.
But I know now that on an unconscious level, he must have been traumatized witnessing the death of his first-born son in such a horrific and direct way. Steven watched the baby come out and he told me later, when we were in New Hampshire, that it had been born alive and allowed to die. (I was not allowed to see the baby when it was delivered.)
Holcomb and Tyler's relationship would eventually end in 1977 when Holcomb returned home to live with her parents and discovered God. She is now a Roman Catholic and active in the pro-life movement. Tyler has since spoken of his regrets for Holcomb's abortion in Walk this Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith, a book about Tyler’s life.