Photos of talk show demigoddess Oprah Winfrey and playwright/director Tyler Perry vacationing in Italy, made the cover of the National Enquirer last week. The headline blared, "OPRAH BETRAYS STEDMAN: Her romantic vacation with new man". But a source says the vacation photos of the two friends were staged.

Oprah, who normally shuns the paparazzi, allowed herself to be used by Perry out of the kindness of her heart, claims the source, who notes that Oprah has yet to release a statement denying the rumors that she and Perry are dating.

According to my source, Oprah felt pity on her pal Tyler Perry who whines incessantly about the paparazzi ignoring him. It seems Perry, who calls Atlanta home, bought a mansion on the west coast in hopes of attracting the attention that he craves from the paparazzi and the mainstream media. Perry's successful plays and films made him a millionaire many times over. But so far, the attention and the fame has eluded him.

"He just kept complaining to Oprah that he's this successful film director and yet the paparazzi ignore him," said a source close to Perry's camp. "So [while on vacation in Italy] Oprah took him by the arm and said, 'come on, let's go take some pictures.'"

According to the source, Oprah made sure the paps got all the shots they needed of the pair while they vacationed with Oprah's BFF Gayle King in Portofino, Italy last week.

"Apparently, he complains a lot to Oprah because she did the same thing for him while they were in L.A. together last year," said the source.

The source says Perry ran that same guilt trip on talk show diva Tyra Banks who also agreed to stage photos of them together on a "date". But Perry took things too far, according to the source who said Banks was unhappy with the way Perry kept dropping hints to the media that the two of them were dating.

The source said Banks flew to Atlanta last year to "have it out" with Perry and his staff at the film director's offices. "She went into his private office and they had words. Then she came out and started yelling at the staff. She was slamming doors and cussing," said the source, who asked to remain anonymous. "[Banks] won't have anything to do with [Perry] anymore."

Perry, who is dogged by rumors of rampant homosexuality, has said in the past he is in a long distance relationship with a woman in NY. But that woman was nowhere to be found while he vacationed with Oprah and Gayle in Italy.

  • Kymystry

    all imma say is ... Oprah has a Ka-Billion dollars and can't get them Baseball sized bunions removed from her FEETS (yes i said feets) ... I mean DANG ... her toes are points East and West ...lol

  • ReadTheBlog

    That whole article sounded like some messy gossip. I don't believe one bit of it.

  • iyonah

    I am w/ you ReadtheBlog

  • PAGESINADIARY

    THIS STORY IS BOGUS!

  • http://www.myspace.com/onepackage j-lo843

    Kym...Ima...yes I said ima need you to go to the corner...lol

  • http://www.myspace.com/prprincess1577 prprincess1577

    @ kym....to the corner NOW!

  • Kymystry

    Yall know I LOVES the korna ... i got all plush up in here ... lol

  • red boy

    Perry is a mess. He looks better as Madea, he should wear that costume year 'round.

  • h0tsauce

    that doesn't even sound real!!!

  • hellava10

    She's playing hook up for Stedman so they can all double date. Stedman and Tyler - Gayle and Okra

  • mizzdallas

    All I have to say about those two:

    HOW U DOIN.....(**SOUNDING** DRAG QUEENISH*** VOICE)

  • http://pleasurekisses.com Mika79

    Maybe they are working on a movie.

  • brenden

    Eventho I have yet to be moved by any of his films, I respect this mans hustle. I really do. No talk of guns, drugs, nor pimping to get ahead. No facade of being on the wrong side of the law while secretly moonlighting for the law. Just a good ol fashion rags to riches story based on his belief in God, his will to succeed, and the refusal to accept no as a final answer. Gotta love it...

  • pinkvirgo

    I don't believe this one bit.smh

  • MAJAHINEVERYWAY

    Let all my current efforts pay off big time and make me a millionaire a few times over......I want to be ignored and not be famous! Give me the money, no one wo doesn't matter have to know my name.

  • bloggergirlz

    i guess i'm the only one who believes this story...although his films have been successful, he's still like the underdog (as far as the papastalkers are concerned)...he has been very vocal about being ignored in the past...it's obvious he's trying to kill two birds w/ one stone...his "gayness" and his need for "mainstream attention"...

    yeah, oprah's feet are BOGUS...have you guys seen the close-up of that pic?! my gosh...

  • bklynchick

    I truly doubt this story. Tyler and Oprah are above the paparazzi mess!

  • Kymystry

    @ bloggergirl ... yes I saw them hoofs she needs to see a podiatrist A.S.A.P.

  • Sharonda

    I know Tyler is good and he means well, but he portrays what a black woman is or what people (only when he plays Madea) and to think is there something wrong with that?I think it might just be me lol

  • katgirl33

    Oprah ain't finna dignify this shyt w/a repsonse....why would he want the papastalkers on him like that? Doesn't make sense.....

  • red boy

    Oprah can have feet like Wanda from In Living Color and she'll still be the shit sitting on top of all that money. Nah but seriously...Tyler's movies are good and they make money. I don't know why he's concerned about the paparazzi.

  • Kymystry

    Oprah DOES have feet like Wanda on In Living Color !

  • http://www.myspace.com/hune916 HunE916

    She always got her heavy ass in some Christian Louboutin's! You'd think $3000 shoes wouldn't do you like that!

  • http://myspace.com/mullatos SnootyPooty1

    @hellava10 .. Join KYM in the corner boo... She said its all plush up in there..

  • aprilshowers

    omg.

    This whole thread is pure RUBBISH.

    Gossip garbage.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hune916 HunE916

    aprilshowers Says:

    omg.

    This whole thread is pure RUBBISH.

    Gossip garbage.
    __________________________________________

    This IS a celeb gossip blog site, right? And if the thread is rubbish, what does that make you & your comment?
    {sniffs} I smell a infiltrator!

  • http://FreshFromTheStreetz.blogspot.com Zuley

    I believe this story for some reason. I am not surprised I always thought Tyler was a down low gay man. In my eyes he is the male version of Missy Elliott. A guy I could never see seriously dating a women as I could never see Missy seriously dating a man. So it comes to no surprise that a down low man like Tyler would throw a clueless broad (Tyra Banks) under the bus to cover up his secret. Makes sense to me, I buy this story. Now as for him and Oprah I can see Oprah using this as a way to stop the lesbian rumors of she and Gayle and she probably doesn't have to buy Tyler like she did Stedman. Makes sense if you think about it people.

  • hellava10

    Zuley says "I am not surprised I always thought Tyler was a down low gay man."

    and sometimes I think Oprah is too

  • aprilshowers

    HunE916, kiss my @ss man. Nobody asked for your @sskissing response.

    I say whatever the hell I want to say. Like like YOU do...and SANDRA does.

    "This IS a celeb gossip blog site, right?"

    Um, from my understanding...Sandra prides herself on telling her - I mean, the truth.

    Hmph. Big head a--.

  • http://www.myspace.com/bettathaniwasb4 2bme

    *sigh* well Oprah needs this as much as Tyler does..TRUST

  • http://www.myspace.com/hune916 HunE916

    @ aprilshowers Says:

    Chill the f*k out before I superimpose YOUR head on a linebacker!

    Why folks got to go take stuff to a whole nother level!?

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