Steven Tyler on his charity work: I was ‘born’ to help people
Steven Tyler was "born" to help victims of sexual abuse.
The ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing’ hitmaker – who penned a hit with Aerosmith in 1989 called ‘Janie’s Got a Gun’ about a girl who shoots her father to end his sexual abuse – is glad to be working with his foundation Janie’s Fund, which provides resources to victims of abuse.
He told PEOPLE magazine: "I think this is what I was born to do … I didn’t know who Janie was or why she had a gun but seven out of 10 girls that came through that facility had suffered from physical or sexual abuse. It was staggering. That’s where the rest of the lyrics came from.
"I want to bring attention to these poor girls so then can get help before it’s too late."
Meanwhile, Steven previously revealed he loves "notoriety" and hates the selfie culture.
When asked about the best and worst parts of his success, he said: "I’m one of those few people that loves notoriety. I love being loved by people that love the songs that my band loved enough to record.
"Now, the other side is everybody’s got a camera attached to their iPhone, so you can’t go anywhere without a picture. I have a great T-shirt that says GO F**K YOUR SELFIE that I walk through airports with.
"It depends on how you wake up in the morning. Sometimes, you’re in the gym at 7:30 in the morning, and you haven’t had your coffee and everyone you meet is like, ‘Oh, my God!’ It’s like getting pecked to death by chickens. But then I have moments that I’m so grateful that some nine-year-old kid comes over and says they loved the Skittles halftime commercial at the Super Bowl, or some 40-year-old got married to ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.’"