Aly Semigran
October 27, 2011 AT 04:00 PM EDT

Despite looking like, as Today host Matt Lauer described it, “the wrong guy in a fight,” Steven Tyler assured fans via a phone interview from Argentina that he’s going just fine. In fact, it wasn’t a fight or falling off the wagon that did Tyler in, the Aerosmith singer insisted. Rather he took a spill in the shower after a bout with food poisoning.

Tyler, who is currently on tour with his band, had to postpone a show in Paraguay after falling in a hotel bathroom, which he explained to Lauer this morning. “I started to get sick, and I just fell on my face. I just passed out,” Tyler said about the fall that caused him to wind up getting four stitches in his eye and plastic surgery to get a tooth fixed.

The American Idol judge insisted it was the repercussions of food poisoning, not his ongoing recovery from drug and alcohol abuse, that made him pass out. “I get that people think that,” he said of the assumption that it was from the latter, adding, “It still bothers me a little, but it’s something that I have to deal with for the rest of my life.”

Watch the full clip below, in which Tyler explains why he got back on stage so soon after the incident (“I looked at myself in the mirror and just thought, ‘We should go on with the show tonight,’ and we did”) and then shouts “You can’t handle the truth!” at Lauer:

What did you think of Steven Tyler’s call to Today, PopWatchers? What’s more embarrassing: The photos that they showed or that Tyler declared, “Good morning, America!” on Today? Share in the comments section below.

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