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Barbra Streisand Reveals She Was Inspiration Behind Aerosmith's 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing'

After quoting her husband James Brolin during a TV interview, her words were later adapted into the infamous Aerosmith and 'Armageddon' song's lyrics by Diane Warren.

Barbra Streisand; Aerosmith's Steven Tyler
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Before marrying James Brolin, Barbra Streisand had a very negative opinion of men. She believed they would either "leave you or betray you." But after being married to Brolin for over 25 years and being a "relationship goals" couple in the celebrity world, it's clear her outlook has changed a bit.

Good thing, too, as a moment from earlier in their relationship fueled Aerosmith's most successful song of all time, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," which was the top credited song in the movie Armageddon.

In an interview on The Howard Stern Show, Streisand was asked to share the story again of their inspiration for the song.

Streisand reflected:

"We were both spooning, you know. We've done our bits or whatever. And I'm about to fall asleep, and he says [this] to me."
"He said, 'I don't wanna fall asleep because then I'll miss you."
"Can you believe it? I mean, what a thing to say."
"And I thought, 'Oh my god, okay, yes, I'll marry you.'"

Streisand later shared this story in an interview with Barbara Walters, and listening in was songwriter Diane Warren. Warren found Brolin's statement to be a powerful one and tucked it away in her mind for future use.

While working on the film Armageddon, Warren came up with the idea:

"When that movie came around, I thought, 'You know, I'm gonna write this song because it could be about the end of the world. It could fit that storyline, or it could fit this love story. 'I could stay awake just to hear you breathing,' I'm like, that's a great opening line."

You can watch the Howard Stern interview here:

Barbra Streisand on Being the Inspiration for Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”

People found the connection between Aerosmith's hit and Streisand's marriage to be interesting and heartwarming.

This is a great reminder that inspiration can come from anywhere, whether it's a famous line in a movie or a part of an intimate moment with a significant other.

But it's amazing how this moment benefited so many people. It was an intimate moment between two people, it was a moment shared by Streisand to talk about her wonderful relationship with Brolin, and it grew to be a tremendous hit and a key moment in a favorite movie of that decade.