On the surface of things, a 63-year-old man proposing to his lady friend of five years doesn’t seem all that surprising, right? When it comes to singer Steven Tyler’s engagement to girlfriend Erin Brady, however, his friends and family are allegedly acting like he’s a high school senior proposing with his grandmother’s ring. According to TMZ, some of Tyler’s family members are vocally miffed that they did not know about the proposal until after the American Idol judge popped the question. What, did they think Steven was just going to run down the clock on this one? Dodge the matrimonial bullet on the technicality of death?
As you may have suspected if you’ve ever been to a tense family engagement party, the underlying issue at hand doesn’t seem to be the unexpectedness of the proposal, so much as the woman on the receiving end of the rock. “She’s just not nice,” a source sniffs about Brady, while another adds, “She’s just been mean to the family.” In their defense, rumors of Brady’s negative influence on Tyler abound, not least in part due her participation in a club brawl back in 2007. Unfortunately, unless Erin was the mastermind behind Steven Tyler’s shower fall (or something equally as horrifying), the Aerosmith frontman is free to get down on his rickety knees in front of any long-term girlfriend he pleases.