Steven Tyler’s accident in Paraguay this week landed him in the hospital, but the rock legend and “American Idol” judge would like his fans to know it was not due to a relapse.
“I started to get sick, and I just fell on my face,” the 63-year-old said on NBC’s “Today” show on Thursday morning. “I just passed out.”
After Tuesday’s accident, his tour manager contacted the American Embassy, who directed him to a hospital in the area – a facility Steven was very pleased with.
“They stitched up my eye. They did a little plastic surgery. And they fixed my tooth. All in one fell swoop,” he continued.
The rocker, who has previously battled addiction issues, understands that some people might think he relapsed.
“I get that people think that,” he explained. “It still bothers me a little, but it’s something that I have to have to deal with for the rest of my life.”
Despite his spill, Steven said the show – and his tour – must go on.
“Short of having my leg taken off, people are going to expect me to take the stage,” the Aerosmith frontman added.