Steven Tyler was beaten up by food poisoning, not drugs, he says

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Steven Tyler, why you lookin’ so busted? The Aerosmith singer, who appeared on stage Wednesday night with a black eye and bruises, said it was Montezuma’s revenge.

A show planned for Tuesday in Paraguay had to be postponed a night after Tyler collapsed in his hotel-room shower, knocking out two front teeth and cutting his eye, among other things.

‘Quite frankly, I passed out,’ the singer told Matt Lauer by phone Thursday on the ‘Today’ show. ‘I was in the shower and I got nauseous and I started to get sick and I just, I fell on my face and I just passed out.’ He said he came to with the water running, wondering where he was. He tour manager called the American consulate for a hospital referral, he said, and after four stitches and some dental repair, he was back in business.

However, pictures of him looking battered onstage Wednesday sparked talk that the ‘American Idol’ judge, who got out of rehab early last year, might be back on drugs.


Tyler told Lauer that he understands why people might think that. ‘It still bothers me a little bit, but that’s something I have to deal with the rest of my life,’ but said no drugs were involved, just food poisoning.

One thing, though: Did Steven realize he was doing a ‘Good Morning America’ shout-out with the wrong guy? Watch the interview, below.


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