Liv Tyler Talks Of Rebuilding Life With Milo

Liv Tyler recently opened up to Bust magazine about rebuilding her life with 6-year-old Milo after her divorce.

The actress says that when she went through the “very painful” split from her husband of five years, Royston Langdon, she took a break from movies.

Tyler, 33, explains, “I took a little time off before Super and The Ledge. I just had a rough couple of years, having Milo and then getting divorced and trying to rebuild my life again.

“Milo and I have been in such transition – I’ve been rebuilding and trying to be patient. And I’ve just put all of my focus on that, because I can’t go to work and be happy unless he’s happy and feels secure…”

A single mom since 2008, she has a new perspective on her life.

It’s been interesting, the way things have unfolded. That loss of the dream – because you spend your whole childhood planning how you’re going to do things – it’s actually very painful, but quite liberating at the same time.”

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Photo credit: Bust

  • Zoey

    It’s tough but you get over it.

    Btw I thought single mom meant MOM’S who were never married to the childs father. I consider myself a divorced mom.

    I am not saying one is better than the other at all ( the single girl may have been smarter not to marry in the first place), but there is a different perspective on how one got to the point where they need to rebuild.

    • Tara

      It’s funny you say that because I disliked being referred to as a single mom, when my husband left my son and I. I could not put my finger on it, but I assume because, right or wrong, there is an idea that single moms made a choice to have a child knowing there was not a father. Whereas divorced women did not start out that way, they were married so envisioned a family maybe? Who knows.

      Again like you said no judgment, just my preference. Motherhood is tough enough regardless of labels. All we can hope is that we aren’t screwing it up too horribly.

    • Angelique

      I have been divorced for 15 years and raising my son, who is now 17, and I consider myself a single mom all these years. I never call myself a “divorced mom”. If you are raising your child alone, you are a single mom, whether you were once married or whatever. It makes no difference, your a parent raising the child in your home alone.

      • Tara

        I commend you for the fact the term single mom works for you. It does not mean everyone of us have to fall into line with it. The term single mom is a pretty novel idea, circa 1998 ( it was used mostly during the second term of Clinton when he was trying to garner the male vote again).

        If asked I say I am a divorced mom of one. But unsolicited inquiries, I use simply “mom”. but to be honest no one I know refers to a divorced person as a single mom. That would be offensive to the father of the child, if he is actively involved in the child’s life. So when zoey made her post I realized again that it is not exclusive to my group of friends.

        Who cares as long as you and your kid is happy anyway. Again not EVERYONE
        has to follow the same rules. There is no handbook on these things.

      • Anonymous

        As a single mom by choice, I think there is a distinction. I was never married and chose this option. To me a single mom is someone who is just that, left alone to raise a child by HER choice. But like the other poster I just say “mom”.

        Do you call widows, single moms? My mom was widowed at the age of 38 and no one ever called her a single mom.

      • Anonymous

        If the criteria to be called a single mom is living and raising your child alone, then I do not qualify. I am not married but have a daughter, we live with family members and they help raise her.

      • Anonymous4

        You have no right to tell anyone what they should call themselves. That is self righteous. If they want to refer to themselves as Jesus ,who are you to say otherwise. What’s right for you may not be right for all,,,

        So tired of everyone jumping down pretty tame comments because they do not agree.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting title for a magazine. Wonder who the target market is.

    • Tara

      Hungry Breastfed babies;)

  • Colinmomma

    I like liv a lot. She is totally real…

    I am divorced and call myself a single mom. I have friends who say divorced mother. My sister made the observation that there obviously is a difference because on forms they give you options for marital status ( single, married, divorced, widowed). So that works for parents too. Kind of makes sense to me. But like some said whatever is best for you.

  • Chloe

    I can understand why one does not want to be referred to as a single if she was widowed or divorced. There is a stigma, correct or not, that if you had a child out of wedlock you are less a victim. Because of draconian mentalities society views a unwed mother as unsympathetic or that she is uneducated.
    We may think we have come a long way since the 1950s but it’s not true. Everyday you see judgment. Personally I would not want to be viewed as a single mom, but that definition.

  • Anonymous

    Divorced or not, I get annoyed with women who claim they are ‘single moms’ when the children have a father that support them financially, emotionally and physically.

    • Tara

      I get no support from my ex husband and he has not seen his son since he was 3 months old, despite having more than enough financial resources to do so. He is currently living abroad so courts are of little help.

      However despite this and since I am raising my son alone, I will never refer to myself as a “single mom”. I did not start out that way and I tend to think some people look at the use of that term as derogatory.

  • Tina

    One of the main reasons I would not want to be called a “single mom” is because it sends a really bad message to my son, that I felt a male figure was not important in his life. At least if you say divorced mom or widow you at least started out with the intention of a legal partnership and valued the male position.

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