Keke Palmer Had Severe Acne as a Teen & Tyler Perry Paid for Her to See Dermatologist
Less than a month after actress Taraji P. Henson and singer Fantasia revealed how Tyler Perry blessed them, Keke Palmer is also opening up about the filmmaker’s life-changing role in her fight against acne.
Palmer has been filling in for new mom Sara Haines on ABC’s “Strahan and Sara” and in a recent episode, the former child star shined the spotlight on the menace of acne using her personal story.
Acne plagues many people and can lead to major insecurity issues which, in Palmer’s case, must have been heightened by growing up in the limelight.
Sharing her experience with the show audience, the “Akeelah and the Bee” star confirmed that even now she still deals with the skin condition.
PERRY STEPS IN
“I’ve struggled with this for years, and I still do, and it’s acne. I’ve battled it and documented it on social media,” Palmer said before going on to reveal the chance encounter with Perry that changed things for her.
“I remember it got so bad when I was around 13 or 14, I was at the NAACP Awards and just a year before, I did ‘Madea’s Family Reunion’ with Tyler Perry. We saw him at the awards and you could tell I was pretty insecure about it. It was obvious to see. He actually pulled my mom to the side and said, ‘I’m gonna actually pay for you guys to take her to a dermatologist.’ It really made a difference in my life.”
Palmer recalled working with the dermatologist to try different treatments for her skin before finally settling on the perfect remedy.
The 25-year-old joins a list of entertainers who have shared their life-changing experiences with Perry and how the filmmaker came through for them in both their personal and professional lives.
HENSON'S BIG BREAK
Emmy nominee, Henson, revealed that Perry was the first person to pay her $500,000 for a movie role in Hollywood.
“I think the industry knew I was talented, but it’s about money. Are you bankable?” the actress said. “I had to continuously prove that. I’ve been trying to prove and improve.”
“I was asking for half a million,” she continued. “I didn’t get paid that until I did my first Tyler Perry film. He was the first person who paid me $500,000.”
Season three “American Idol” winner Fantasia also shared during a radio appearance last month that Perry came through for her at a low point in her life.
“Tyler Perry’s actually a good friend of mine. He would call and check up on me. He was one of the ones when I lost everything, he came and blessed me. And I thank him for that.”
A TRUE ICON
Perry, 49, is an actor and filmmaker known for creating and performing the comic character Madea as well as producing tons of movies and TV series that tell the African American story.
In recognition of his work and accomplishments, Perry was honored with the Ultimate Icon Award at the 2019 BET Awards last month.
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