Steven Tyler Admits He ‘Snorted Half of Peru’

by | February 22, 2013 at 11:39 PM | Celebrity, General

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The legendary lead singer for Aerosmith recently opened up about his past drug use. In an interview with Australia’s “60 Minutes,” the rock star admitted that he spent millions on cocaine, according to Us Weekly.

There was no shortage of the drug during the height of Tyler’s career. His 2011 memoir, “Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?” claims that Tyler spent $20 million on cocaine between the ‘70s and ‘80s. Tyler admitted that the number was inflated, but the actual dollar amount was still astounding.

Tyler recalls what he would consider a more accurate number in a “60 Minutes” interview. “Probably, realistically, 5 or 6 (million), easy,” he revealed. “But it doesn’t matter. You could also say I snorted half of Peru, but, you know, it’s what we did.”

The 65-year-old legend said that cocaine use consumed a large part of his life. “I needed that cocaine. “I needed it. It took my children away, it took my marriages away. I was on my knees.”

After years of drug abuse, Tyler decided to get clean in the mid-‘80s. His sobriety hit a rough patch in 2006. After being diagnosed with Hepatitis C, Tyler returned to his old ways for the next three years until he checked himself into the Betty Ford Clinic in December of 2009.

After getting clean once again, the Aerosmith front man landed a job as a host on “American Idol” for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. In an interview last year with Time magazine, Tyler admitted that his stint on “American Idol” was perhaps the result of another addiction. “I’m one of those people that — obviously, since I’ve wound up in rehab eight times — take dangerous things and jump in with both feet. I think I’m addicted to adrenaline.”

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