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Tyler Perry's Ex Gelila Posts TBT Photo of Her Martial Art Teammates & Admits to Missing Them

Bettina Dizon
Jan 16, 2021
06:55 A.M.
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Tyler Perry’s ex-girlfriend, Gelila Bekele, recently shared a photo of her Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team and revealed she missed training with them.


When Gelila Bekele and Tyler Perry began a romantic relationship, the world suddenly wanted to know more about the Ethiopian beauty.

While things like her family background, modeling career, and global activist work became known, some of her hobbies did not surface on the internet.



Recently, Bekele gave her fans a little more knowledge about her past through a throwback photo on her Instagram stories. Her post featured a cute group photo of Bekele’s Jiu-Jitsu teammates posing together.

The women wore robes and matching pants in the colors black, white, and pink, with different colored belts tied to their waists. Although Bekele did not provide more context, it looked like her team always had a lot of fun.

“Never [thought] I would say this [but] I miss getting my ass kicked in BJJ,” she wrote above the photo. It seems Perry’s ex-lover is knowledgeable in the martial arts, keeping her physically fit for some time.


Screenshot of Gelila Bekele's Instagram story with her teammates. | Source: Instagram/GelilaBekele


Bekele did not pursue a career in the martial arts and instead became a model at the age of 19 while studying at the University of California Berkeley.


In December, the successful Hollywood producer revealed his newly single status alongside a photo of himself.

Initially, she did not like the idea of monetizing her physical beauty as she grew up seeing her parents educated and making ends meet with a job that involved lots of thinking.



Bekele is currently an activist, filmmaker, and mother to her son, Aman Tyler, whom she shares with the creative man behind “Madea.”

Perry learned of his then-girlfriend’s pregnancy over FaceTime and was thrilled to have a child with the humanitarian. Sadly, their relationship ended last year due to unknown reasons.

According to a source, the pair “amicably split some time ago and remain close friends. Their focus is on being the best parents they can for their son.”

Tyler Perry and Gelila Bekele during the 2nd annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala at Cipriani, Wall Street on April 4, 2011 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images



In December, the successful Hollywood producer revealed his newly single status alongside a photo of himself in an Under Armor workout shirt, black shorts, and sneakers.

According to Perry, he is undergoing a midlife crisis and thinking about what the future may be like. He added that he would continue to be strong despite the challenges he faces and focus on being a great dad.

Tyler Perry during the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Perry included words of encouragement for his fans to be positive as 2021 approached. His fans also gave him support through kind comments on the post.