Tyler Perry on Why He Isn’t Ready to Have More Kids: ‘You Have to Make a Lot of Sacrifices’

Edduin Carvajal
Dec 25, 2019
12:30 P.M.
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Actor, director, and producer Tyler Perry has been in a relationship with Gelila Bekele for a decade already. They have one child but are not willing to have more.


Born on September 13, 1969, Tyler is best known as a talented and hard-working writer responsible for the musical “I Know I’ve Been Changed.”

Although he has had an incredible career so far, his life growing up was very difficult.

Tyler Perry on June 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images



Although the play initially received negative reviews and was a financial failure, he rewrote it several times throughout the years until it became his first major successful work in the entertainment industry.

Apart from that, Tyler moved on to the big screen and served as a writer and actor of “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” It was also a financial success, and from that point on, the writer has not stopped creating incredible films.

Tyler Perry on October 08, 2019 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images


The most famous Tyler Perry’s movies, however, are the ones wherein he portrays Madea, a character that he created. She is a tough, elderly Black woman who tends to overreact and threaten people to use weapons, destroy property, use physical violence, and so on.

Madea’s first public appearance took place in the play “I Can Do Bad All by Myself” in 1999, but made her film debut on “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” in 2005.

Tyler Perry on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia | Source: Getty Images


The popularity of Tyler’s character has been so impressive that he has portrayed her in ten theatrical plays and ten films, as well. The latest movie about her is “A Madea Family Funeral,” released in March 2019. Tyler admitted that it would be the last movie about Madea.

It was during an interview promoting that film that Tyler opened up about the possibility of having more children.

Tyler Perry on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images



On November 30, 2014, Tyler Perry’s son, Aman Tyler Perry, was born. He is the only child that the actor and his girlfriend Gelila Bekele have had in their ten-year-long relationship.

While talking to Extra TV, the proud father of one pointed out that he didn’t want to have more kids because of the great responsibility that comes with it. He said:

“To do this [parenting] right, you have to make a lot of sacrifices, and I can’t imagine doing all that I’m doing and trying to sacrifice more than I have right now.”



Although he has had an incredible career so far, his life growing up was very difficult. His birth name was Emmitt Jr. after his father, who was not actually his biological father.

The actor suffered years of abuse by Emmitt Sr., who would use physical violence to “solve” whatever problem his children presented. The emotional scars left in Tyler were so severe that he even attempted to kill himself when he was a teenager.

When he was 16 years old, he changed his name from Emmitt to Tyler as a way to create more distance between him and his abusive dad.



As per his romantic life, he has been in a relationship with the model, activist, and filmmaker Gelila Bekele. The couple met each other at a Prince concert in 2007, and a has been dating since 2009.


Gelila was born in Ethiopia. She travels between the US and Ethiopia to help people in her country through charitable work. She is focused on providing access to clean water, education, and girls and women’s rights.

Tyler Perry and Gelila Bekele on December 12, 2011 in New York City | Source: Getty Images


According to her website, her career as a model began in 2006, working for Ford Models in New York and Paris. The page reads:

“She is featured in several fashion and beauty campaigns including those for Levi’s, Diesel, Tory Burch, Anna Sui, Michael Kors, Mikimoto, H&M, Pinko, Nespresso, Pantene and L’oreal, and has appeared in leading magazines as well as numerous other publications.”



Apart from that, Gelila is the author of the book “Guzo!” which shows the daily lives of native Ethiopians.

Although the model and the actor have been together for several years, they have not tied the knot. However, rumors about a possible secret wedding have surrounded the couple.

Back in 2017, singer-songwriter Stephanie Mills uploaded a photo to her Instagram account that made some headlines as she referred to Gelila as Tyler Perry’s wife.

Nowadays, the couple is still together, focusing on their family life and respective careers. Will Tyler Perry consider tying the knot in 2020? Only time will tell.


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