Aerosmith’s song “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” was inspired by Barbra Streisand and James Brolin’s romance.

The two were paired up on a blind date and have been married since 1998.

The unlikely source of inspiration for the Aerosmith song “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” was Barbra Streisand’s actual romance with her husband James Brolin.

Streisand writes about her lengthy relationship with Brolin, starting with their initial meeting in 1996, in her recently released memoir My Name is Barbra. One night, she recalls, Brolin told her as they lay in bed, “I don’t want to fall asleep.” “Because I’ll miss you,” he drowsily said in response to her question.

According to Streisand, she subsequently related that tale on television in a 1997 20/20 interview with Barbara Walters. As Diane Warren, a songwriter, happened to be watching that evening, she took note of the conversation and used it as inspiration for the line “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” The song was later recorded by Aerosmith, and in 1998 it became their first number one hit. It was featured in the movie Armageddon by director Michael Bay, and the song later received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.

“Seeing so many people reacting to Jim’s words was really satisfying,” writes Streisand. “Well, that makes sense. I also did so.”

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