February 16, 2020

Tyler Perry's Girlfriend Gelila Bekele Shows off Slim Legs & Flat Tummy in Colorful Swimsuit in New Beach Pic

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Gelila Bekele is taking no prisoners as she flaunts her fit legs and flat belly in a colorful swimsuit, as seen in a recent Instagram post.

Yesterday, the American-Ethiopian model took to her Instagram page to share a stunning photo of herself in a two-piece swimsuit, at the beach.

Director Tyler Perry and model Gelila Bekele attend the 2nd annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala at Cipriani, Wall Street | Photo: Getty Images


The photo which she captioned, "There is no difference between the way your spiritual heart works and the way gravity and centrifugal forces work," had fans soliciting for fitness tips in the comment section. 

According to The Netline, Bekele was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where she grew up till she was 9 years old. She was raised by her grandmother because her mom was too young to raise her.


During an interview with Cattwalk, the model described her childhood as a rural-urban experience, saying

"It was a mix of both rural village and also the city. It really shaped, strangely, my adulthood as well."

Years after relocating to Europe, Gelila's modeling career began in 2006, where she worked with Ford Models New York and Ford Models Paris.


She has 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, per her website.

Following the take-off of her career, Bekele met her beau, American actor, writer, and producer, Tyler Perry at a "Prince" concert in 2007, as reported by The Netline.


It was revealed that Perry fell for Gelila's beauty instantly and approached her. It was an instant connection for the duo who immediately hit things off.

Although there have been rumors of a secret marriage, the couple has been together for more than a decade and welcomed their first child, a son named Aman, in 2014, as noted by Bustle.


As reported by Heavy, the Madea creator, during an interview on "The Jess Cagle Show," revealed to PEOPLE that he found out Gelila's pregnancy over FaceTime. He said:

"I get a FaceTime call and she's holding up the pregnancy stick. I'm like, 'I guess this is happening.'"

Model Gelila Bekele and writer/director Tyler Perry pose for a photo at the 6th Annual Charity: Ball at the 69th Regiment Armory | Photo: Getty Images

From her career in modeling to her charity work as an activist and humanitarian, to her work as an author and a loving mother and partner, Bekele continues to remain refreshingly authentic.