Steven Tyler Separating From Wife

Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler (search) and his wife of 17 years, Teresa, are separating, the singer announced Sunday.

Tyler, 56, asked the public to respect his family's privacy in a statement released through the band's publicist, Mitch Schneider.

"Before the tabloid media makes more of this than it is, I am announcing that my wife Teresa and I are currently separated," Tyler said. "We're just a family trying to work through a difficult time. A little privacy and sensitivity — for Teresa, my children and myself — would be nice."

The couple have two teenage children, Chelsea, 16, and Taj, 13.

Tyler is also the father of model Mia Tyler, 26, from a previous marriage to Cyrinda Foxe, and the actress Liv Tyler (search), 27, from a previous relationship.