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Liv Tyler reveals what she finds sexy and romantic about husband David Gardner
by Notebook Magazine, February 2019, Photos by Darren McDonald
The Lord Of The Rings star talks love, A-List pals and rubbing shoulders with royals...
'Can we pretend it's a Saturday night, not a quarter to 12 on a Tuesday morning?' pleads Hollywood actress Liv Tyler as she savours the first gulp of her mid-morning aperitif.
Looking relaxed in an understated black and floral ensemble, a pair of chunky black boots and some bookish specs, the statuesque 41-year-old mum-of-three looks a million miles away from the cleavage-thrusting, corseted aristocrat she plays in the racy Georgian prostitution romp Harlots.
We're at a private members' club in London, where she's holding court before racing off to her latest bosom-hoisting costume fitting.
The star who stole millions of hearts as the half-Elven Arwen in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy takes another sip of her Bloody Mary, giggling in her London accent, 'It doesn't take much to persuade me.'
Liv is now a Londoner and it's all because of her friend Kate Moss, who set her up on a date in 2014 with David Beckham's best man, former footballer and sports agent Dave Gardner.
The loved-up couple then had two kids in quick succession, son Sailor Gene in February 2015 and daughter Lula Rose in July 2016.
The family then upped sticks from New York and now live a stone's throw from Posh and Becks' palatial Notting Hill pad with Liv's 14-year-old son Milo (from her first marriage to Brit rocker Royston Langdon) and Dave's 11-year-old son Grey (from his first marriage to ex-Hollyoaks actress Davinia Taylor).
We caught up with the star on family, famous friends and how she's a hopeless romantic...
Are you a fan of Valentine's Day? Of course. It's fabulous, but every day should be Valentine's Day. I know some people say, 'Oh, it's just a Hallmark card thing', or, 'It's a way to make money', but I think Valentine's Day is lovely.
I prefer it to a birthday in a way, because it's a celebration of love that can extend past romantic love. It can demonstrate an appreciation for everyone around you.
Do you and David celebrate it? It depends on if we're working or if we're together.
This year we're going to be enjoying a night out at the theatre, but probably our most memorable Valentine's Day was in 2015 as Sailor was born on February 11th, which was very unromantic because he was in hospital for two weeks as he was six-weeks premature. We were in a hotel in New York together, clinging on for dear life in a totally different way.
Is David good with chocolates and flowers? He sends beautiful flowers. He's less dreamily romantic than me. He's more practical, but sweet.
How are you romantic? In the sense of how I see the world. Not necessarily in chocolates and roses. I see and appreciate beauty in my weird little way.
It's easy to buy presents or make romantic gestures, but the more simple things demonstrate you really know someone – that's what I find sexy and romantic. Being romantic is knowing what makes the person you love happy.
Ever experienced love at first sight? Definitely. In a super-profound way. Without being specific about who, it was pretty overwhelming. I always liken it to a furnace being turned on. It's powerful. You have to be careful. You have to pay attention. It can make you feel quite sick, like love sick, which is an amazing feeling.
How is family life in London? It's chaotic, but in a good way. Grey is back and forth with his mum, but a lot of the time there are six of us, so we have a full house. It's intense, but it's beautiful and wonderful. I'm trying to learn how to juggle my time. I'm not super-awesome with time management, though, because I'm very 'in the moment' as a person.
The kids are very different ages... I call it the two shifts. Milo is 14. Grey is 11. The babies are two and three. But Milo's a big help. He's a man now. He's 5ft 11in. He's taller than me. He's so responsible and smart. Sailor turns four next week and he's a lightning bolt.
Your two-year-old daughter Lula is prime princess age. Has she seen you in your aristocratic Harlots regalia? Lula would freak out if she saw me. She's obsessed with Frozen and princesses. It wasn't until I saw myself on set the other day I realised I sort of looked like that.
You were guests at Princess Eugenie's wedding. Did you pick up any tips? I did. I definitely understood a little bit more about etiquette. I observed some of the formalities and the protocols, and noticed some of the stereotypes that get put onto certain people in different classes in Britain, which doesn't happen in America.
How did you get on the guest list? Princess Eugenie is David's friend. It was super interesting for me to be there, and the church was amazing. The wedding was incredibly beautiful. We were in the church for two hours and you couldn't move. I kept closing my eyes because the sun was so powerful coming through the stained glass windows. You could feel the importance of it. I felt, 'Wow, I'm really grateful I get to experience this.'
You've been in the UK for two years. Do you feel like an honorary Brit? I feel like me. I don't feel British because I'm not, but I feel super welcome here. It's scary moving to a new place. When David and I got together and got pregnant with Sailor, I thought it would be an amazing experience and adventure. And it was perfect timing as it was just before Trump was elected.
You've been the body of Triumph lingerie since having Sailor and Lula. How daunting was it to be photographed in underwear so soon after childbirth? I don't obsess about my body. I care about my relationship with my body and feeling good, but within reason. You can only put so much pressure on yourself. I have been through a metamorphosis in having two kids in a short period of time and my life is pretty crazy, so it took a lot of work to be in good shape. It took focus. It was a scary thing to do, but it was a good motivation to work hard to be in shape.
Do you have much time to socialise? I love my friends so much, but more than anything I just want to be with the family, so I'm not super social.
Your husband and David Beckham have known each other since they were 14 and live round the corner. What are they like as neighbours? David and David work together, so they see each other every day – we spent New Year's with them and the fireworks were really sweet. We had a beautiful time.
Do you have a plan for the future? I have no idea where I'm going to be in 10 years. I know I'm not going to have any more children. Whenever I make a plan something else comes along and shakes it up. Every time I start to commit to something, something else will happen literally the next day. Life guides you to where you're supposed to be.