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Bebe Buell has a lot to say

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / October 3, 2011

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Speaking of Aerosmith spouses, Steven Tyler’s former girlfriend Bebe Buell takes some shots at Joe Perry’s ex in the new issue of New York Magazine. Buell, whose daughter is actress Liv Tyler, calls Perry’s first wife, Elyssa, “a monster.’’ Says Buell: “She was a horrible, horrible person. . . . It’s common knowledge. Billie Perry I love, Joe’s wife now. The first wife, she was not very nice.’’ Buell, who’s promoting her new CD, “Hard Love,’’ famously dated everyone from Mick Jagger and Iggy Pop to Todd Rungren and Elvis Costello back in the day. She has mostly good things to say about Tyler. “Steven’s my best friend. I love that guy. . . . When somebody betters themselves and does what he’s done with his life, I feel kind of icky rehashing it. I mean, God bless that guy that he’s even alive. People have died from less, trust me. He took himself to rehab, pulled himself together, turned around (“American Idol’’), and at 63 years old is one of the biggest rock stars in the world.’’