Teresa Barrick is an American fashion and clothing designer. She was best known for being married to Steven Tyler, frontman and lead vocals of the rock band Aerosmith. Barrick married Tyler in 1988 after a few years of romance. The pair were married for 17 years before finally divorcing in 2006.
Teresa Barrick – Early Life
Teresa Barrick was born on the 26th of March, 1960, in the United States. The exact location of her birth and early childhood is not known. Her history prior to marriage with Tyler is relatively obscure and undiscovered. It just goes to show that Barrick did an excellent job of laying low and keeping a personal distance from the media, even during her years of fame.
Given her American citizenship, it is safe to say that Barrick was indeed born in the United States and raised in the country. However, besides this vague information, there’s nothing reliable on any other part of her birth and childhood.
Not much is known about Teresa’s family either. The only information available on her immediate family is a passing reference of a sister in Steven Tyler’s Biography (more on this and how they met later).
Steven Tyler & Teresa Barrick
Much of what we know about how Steven Tyler and Teresa Barrick met is from the singer’s book. In Steven Tyler’s biography, the writer Laura Jackson mentions that Barrick had met Tyler sometime in 1983. It was a time when rock stars would frequent clubs at more discreet locations or holiday destinations to avoid the immediate media.
It was at one of these clubs in Lahaina in Maui, Hawaii, where Tyler and Barrick first met. During this first encounter, Barrick was merely one of the pretty faces adorning the dance floor of the club. Tyler, on the other hand, was probably intoxicated. However, even though Tyler may not have remembered, Barrick had kept him in mind ever since.
Tying the Knot with Steven Tyler
Following a few years of romance and courtship, Steven Tyler married Teresa Barrick in 1988 in a small ceremony in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The marriage was surprisingly made very low-key and without much publicity. Many believed that with Tyler’s rising fame, the couple chose to keep it within the family and close friends.
The choice of Tusla, Oklahoma has led many to believe that it is Barrick’s hometown. However, there is no reliable evidence that confirms whether Teresa Barrick was from Tulsa or not. Fellow musicians and celebrities later recount how they were also surprised at how small the ceremony was.
The marriage also points to the fact that Teresa Barrick was a woman who enjoyed her space and privacy from the limelight.
Prior to his marriage to Teresa, Steven Tyler had already been married to the former actress, Cyrinda Foxe. He had a daughter, Mia Tyler, from this first marriage. It is interesting to note that Cyrinda Foxe and Tyler had only divorced barely a year before he married Barrick.
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Naturally, there has been speculation about how Barrick may have ruined Tyler’s marriage with Foxe. However, close friends have since revealed that Tyler’s marriage with Foxe was already on shaky ground. A divorce between the singer and actress was impending and inevitable. But Barrick did face some criticism at how closely her marriage was tied with Tyler’s divorce.
Married Life & Children
Before their marriage, Teresa Barrick was already overseeing much of the costume and clothing design for Aerosmith. Tyler’s colorful and flashy costumes during this era owe a lot to Barrick’s creativity.
Although Barrick was mostly known as Steven Tyler’s wife, there was no doubt that she was a successful woman in her own right. After their marriage broke down, Barrick’s professional association with the band continued. She designed most of the outfits that the group wore throughout the 1990s and after.
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Throughout the engagement and marriage, Barrick is said to have encouraged Tyler to reach out to Perry and reconnect. We do not know how far this would have helped in making amends, but it certainly must have helped the two stars reconcile.
Soon after the wedding, Teresa was expecting their first child. In March 1989, she gave birth to their first child, Chelsea Tyler, also known as Chelsea Anna Tallarico. Three years later, in 1991, Barrick gave birth to their second child, Taj Tyler, also known as Taj Monroe Tallarico.
For Teresa Barrick, Chelsea and Taj were her first and only children. Tyler, however, already had two daughters prior to his second marriage. The first was with former girlfriend Bebe Buell, whom he never married. Their daughter was Liv Tyler, who would go on to become a successful actress in Hollywood.
His second daughter was Mia Tyler, whom he had with his first wife, Cyrinda Foxe. Barrick and Tyler’s children are both in the entertainment industry and relatively successful in their trades. Chelsea Anna Tallarico is a model and singer in the US, and Taj Monroe Tallarico is a multi-instrumentalist and recording mixer in the industry.
Tyler’s Success, Marriage Woes, & Divorce
Throughout the 1990s and the 2000s, Tyler’s career and success in the industry continued rising. Aerosmith’s albums saw a resurgence in the late 1980s with Barrick’s appearance in Tyler’s life.
Accusations of Infidelity
During their divorce, a lot of speculation went on about possible cheating by the rockstar. Tyler’s demi-god status as a singer and celebrity always put him in situations where he could easily be suspected. It wouldn’t be outrageous to assume that Tyler may have cheated on Teresa Barrick, given his history and penchant for beautiful young blondes.