Somuch to Liv for LOVE, KIDS & LONDON!
This celebrity mum don’t want to miss a thing!
When Woman’s Day last met Liv Tyler, star
of Armageddon and TheLordof theRings, she was deep into filming for her first TV role in
the cult series TheLeftovers. She was then 36, single and a divorced mother-of-one. Her son Milo was nine and, having grown up as the only child of Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler and model Bebe Buell, she told us she would “definitely” like to have more children as we chatted over oysters and craft beer near her home in Manhattan. “I’m 100% planning on it, but the clock is ticking,” she said. “If the stork could just drop it off on my roof, I’d be so happy – I’d have, like, 20.” Fast-forward to today and Liv’s domestic set-up
looks dramatically different. Her second son Sailor is two and she also has 10-monthold daughter Lula.
Liv, now 39, is engaged to their father, David Gardner, a British football agent and David Beckham’s best friend, who also has a nine-year-old son called Grey from his marriage to Hollyoaks actress Davinia Taylor.
“Wow!” gasps Liv when we’re reunited. “So much has changed – and none of it was planned at all.”
Planned or not, her swiftly expanded brood fulfils a longheld ambition. “I can remember being six and I had all these dolls – I’d always take care of them and tell everyone I was going to have a big family some day. At one point, I thought maybe I wasn’t going to, but now it’s my whole world.”
Last September, the actress moved her family to London’s Primrose Hill, where David lives. She tells, “I’m definitely a New Yorker, but England is wonderful. It’s a little more kid-friendly, with all the space and parks. David and Grey are so used to grass that they can play football on, and New York really is the concrete jungle.”
The family frequently hits London green spots for a bit of al fresco recreation. Their latest outing comes after the star made an appearance on geneaology documentary series Who DoYouThinkYouAre? alongside her famous father Steven. On the show, Liv found out she had a half African-American relative. Her dad gave her a high-five and said, “I knew it! I’m so loving this. It explains it.”
Liv famously discovered only at age eight that Steven was her father, after meeting him at a gig and noticing a resemblance between herself and his daughter Mia. Until then, she had believed her father to be her groupie mum’s on-off partner, musician Todd Rundgren.
She spent much of her childhood moving between Maine and Virginia, where her grandmother taught etiquette to the children of diplomats, before her mum moved to New York when Liv was 12.
Despite her all-American upbringing, since moving to London, Liv has become a dedicated Anglophile. “When I was growing up in New York City in the ’90s, there was a big group of English people who influenced me,” she says. “I was 15 when I met Kate Moss. She made the biggest impact. There was something unique about her. I was completely in love. I learnt so much from her style.”
There is, she believes, a different sensibility among Britons. “There’s something very playful and magical about my English friends. They love to dress up and go for adventures. They make going for a walk in the garden or having a cup of tea sound like the most exciting thing in the world.”
It was Grey’s supermodel godmother Kate (Becks is his godfather) who introduced her to Dave. “He’s a really manly man,” she gushes. “A Manchester man. It takes me a minute to understand everything. I need translations all the time. He’s masculine but tender and loving, and very hands-on with the kids.”
Will they get married? “It’s something we talk about and we’re planning on, but right now, we’re just enjoying every second of where we are.”
Liv began working as a model at 14, but she changed her focus to acting after starring in independent films like EmpireRecords. It was
StealingBeauty that made her a star and in her 20s, she spent a lot of time in New Zealand for her role as elf maiden Arwen in the Lord
oftheRings trilogy. At 25, she married Milo’s father, Royston Langdon of the British band Spacehog – they divorced amicably in 2008 – and then in her 30s, she stepped back from films to concentrate on motherhood.
“From a young age, I had this idea that if you are very successful in your career, the life of your family won’t flourish. I can live with the career part not going so well, but I don’t think I could live with my family not being happy.”
These days, she appears to have found a healthy balance. Having finished filming the third and final season of
TheLeftovers in Australia last year, she’s now available to hire.
“I’m really excited to be in London with a clean slate and just say, ‘Hey, I need a job.’ I’m excited for a whole new adventure in my life right now.”
Loved-up with fiancé David. Above: A pregnant Liv with her dad Steve, baby Sailor and Milo. Adorable Lulu has star quality! Hello, Sailor! What a wee honeybun. SWEET N EMOTIO