Tyler Perry has forgiven the man who raised him after learning about his stepfather’s horrific childhood. The 48-year-old filmmaker says he grew up believing Emmitt Perry, Sr. was his biological father.

Perry has been open about the child abuse and molestation he suffered in his childhood. Child abuse is a generational issue in some black households. Perry chose to forgive the “abusive” man who raised him after learning about his “horrific” upbringing.

Perry, who is promoting his new movie ‘Tyler Perry’s Boo 2 A Madea Halloween’, reveals he has moved past his anger because he now knows what Emmitt went through as a child.

“It wasn’t a pleasant childhood,” he tells People magazine. “He had a lot of issues. But the thing that helped me get over it and still take care of him today is, I took a moment to find out more about him and his childhood and where he came from, and his was way more horrific than mine. So it kind of formed the person that he was.”

Tyler reveals Emmitt was abandoned as a kid and was later found in a Louisiana drainage canal. He was then put in the care of a 14-year-old girl, who abused him and other children in her care.

“Every time they would do something wrong, she would tie them in a sack, hang them in a tree and beat them,” Perry says. “The brutality that he suffered was extreme, so he had no tools in dealing with being a father, being compassionate, being kind. All of that, I feel, had been beaten out of him.”

However, he praises Emmitt for taking care of their needs while they were growing up.

“To his credit, we were never hungry, he never left the family, he always brought every dime he made home to my mother,” Tyler explains. “So in return for what he did then, I still do the same thing for him, even though we don’t have a relationship.”

Photos by Eugene Powers/WENN.com




  • Rayne

    That’s a fine man. I wish I could get a hold of him.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    After reading that I understand why Tyler Perry likes wearing a dress and portraying Madea.

    He is mixed up about a lot of things.

    BTW all of my relatives were nuts but it will be a cold day in hell before I forgive any of them.

  • Mischelle

    “Child abuse is a generational issue in some black households.”

    You ain’t never lied.

  • Shawty

    They say it’s generational abuse. Hope Tyler breaks the chain with his children. Sad story to read but GOD is GOOD!! Tyler found it in his heart to listen then forgive. Good for him! I’m sure it makes him a happier person not to hold in the hate.

  • i troll it like i see it

    Well that depressed me. People please stop abusing your children! They grow up and carry this pain around and sometimes end up inflicting the same pain on others. I feel bad for Tyler Perry and his stepfather.

  • Elevated Soul

    Tyler Perry love remind the public he was a victim of abuse,when he has a new movie to promote….?

  • Django the God

    His dad might have dressed up.

  • Yoni7

    Bless his heart.
    Black men, you matter.
    But why did I think he had a piece of tape/band aid holding his glasses together.
    *I need to put on my own glasses and stop playin’*

  • IAmLegend
  • Justlooknout

    But why did I think he had a piece of tape/band aid holding his glasses together.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fa22ea5e52df7739f15a233837d65cf0d1b40818132eea321ad2c8a90d2e7924.gif

  • Django the God

    Cole world.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    If you’re a man who goes to the gym at least 4 times a week you may have a chance.

  • Justlooknout
  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    That wasn’t what I meant.
    Trying to have a relationship with someone who abuse you will mess you up mentally and emotionally. Really badly

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    You made my day!!! Thank you

  • Justlooknout

    So it kind of formed the person that he was.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4edc57cdf598b3e843b9fb4a1d5de1a01d76a27cb1b6aad8d902c280788201de.jpg

    A 7 foot crossing dressing old lady. Lord Keep him and break the curse. In Your name. Amen

    I hope anyone abusing kids, rots in HELL and never rests one day in their life.

  • Justlooknout

    I Can’t STOP Laughing. She is seriously looking for who they clapping for. SHE WAS THE SHADE QUEEN

    OMG Look at Bobby Kristina : (

  • DETROITTOATL

    Yes Lawd!!!!! But I believe it being swept under the rug is the worst part and some never heal from it.

  • DETROITTOATL

    Agree!!!!!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
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  • Rayne

    ? lol don’t do him roddy

  • Rayne

    ? lol don’t do him roddy

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
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  • Mischelle

    And not only is it swept under the rug but your family will tell you “well, big mama would cut you (literally) so you should be happy I’m just beating your ass with this extension cord until you pass out, remember spare the rod spoil the child”. These are true reinterpretations, by the way.

  • Mischelle

    And not only is it swept under the rug but your family will tell you “well, big mama would cut you (literally) so you should be happy I’m just beating your ass with this extension cord until you pass out, remember spare the rod spoil the child”. These are true reinterpretations, by the way.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    chile don’t leave out that 14 y/o who was so hurt she was hanging humans from trees, smh

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    chile don’t leave out that 14 y/o who was so hurt she was hanging humans from trees, smh

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    girl…. i am soooooo tickled at Nippy right now….God rest her, smh https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bb4264f7d4d7227830d50436ebc02fe52f854ab6633bc6dbb91c04c30c8efcd0.gif

  • Karen Brady

    You must be in my brain… Everything you said here. Thanks cuz now I don’t have to say it.

  • MsPam

    Yeah and you see Tyler waited until the poor man was dead to talk about him.

  • Karen Brady

    And healthier.. you get sick when you hold stuff in.. cancer..etc.

  • Justlooknout

    edit –

    Yeah, unfortunately I product of grandmother that DID not mince words and you hated it but most LOVED it.

    I’m sure his grandmother was finally was his safe place and put all in their place.

    You welcome cuz.

  • MsVAllDay

    LOL you ain’t shyt.

  • Justlooknout

    and the number was illness the ability to hurt other without give two damn cents.

  • TheOwley

    He’s tremendously talented and wish him the best. You can only hope he is a better man and dad to his child. All these abuse stories coming out at once are overwhelming.

  • Justlooknout

    Get in line. lol

  • Faithz

    Good for You Madea, let it go, and
    I know you feel so much better now.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    No he said he waited until after his mother died to talk about his abuse because he didn’t want her to know about it.

  • Lovely1

    Forgiving this man who brought so much pain to his life healed him in ways he has not seen! God speed.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Tyler isn’t my type…at all.

  • Shaun M

    Tyler stepdad was extremely abusive to him and to Tyler’s mother. His childhood was filled with sexual abuse and physical abuse. So sad.

  • Vegas1989

    You are so right. It just make me cringe to hear all about this.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Sadly, most everyone we meet has been abused in some way. Most everyone on this blog was abused. (3 in 5) As long as there are men in this world there will ALWAYS be abuse. Yes, women abuse too but not at the alarming rates that men do. Children are not safe growing up around men.

  • Marlika

    He’s better than me cause I would have washed my hands of that man and never looked back. I have done it before and would do it again. I can forgive and wash my hands of a person. I damn sure wouldn’t help them in their darkest hour either. ?

  • MsPam

    Okay if but if he’s going to forgive, forgive and stop talking about it when his lousy movies comes out!

  • SweetTEE

    It sounds bad to say, but I honestly feel that way about a couple family members. When you’re grown, you know right from wrong, regardless of how you were raised.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Did you read the post?

  • imright

    whatever happened to Tylers baby ??

  • Rayne

    It does look like electrical tape lol

  • Rayne

    Lmao

  • MsPam

    I didn’t read all of it!???I’m in pain medication for my broken ankle. I tried to take it back!??? Reading is fundamental!??????

  • Lady M

    I blame Tyler’s mother for putting up with the abuse from this man and allowing him to abuse her child. His provision was no reason to subject her child to such a life. NONE! Her staying with an abuser made her complicit in the abuse. And while I understand the concept of Emmit doing better than what was done to him, that is still not an excuse for what he put Tyler through as a child.

  • Lady M

    Nothing happened to him. Why do you ask? He probably just wants his child to live a normal life and not be seen by the public. Michael Ealy was the same way. The public is too judgmental about other people’s kids.

  • Lady M

    Ummm clearly you did not read the article. Tyler’s dad was abused by a young woman. Woman are just as abusive. Black or white, rich or poor. I guess you never saw “Mommy Dearest”.

  • Renee26

    Did the step father sexually abuse him… I’m confused ?????

  • Lady M

    He talked about the abuse before his mother died. The abuse wasn’t a secret. I don’t think his dad sexually abused him that was someone else. He physically abused him through beating and his mom was right there.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Clearly YOU are the one that did not read. I already said that women abuse too. I was speaking on abuse as a whole not just on the one who abused Tyler. Good day to you.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Wow what a cynic you are.*wink*

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    If you go and watch his movie Family Reunion in the scene in the bedroom with the 2 sisters and the mom, you will see why the mother stayed with that man and allowed for the abuse. One thing Tyler always does is tell his stories thru his plays/movies. Very deep!! My heart goes out to kids in these types of situations.

  • Evillene

    Agreed. Black people have no model for compassion or affection. Our whole existence in America has been about brutality and degradation. It’s no excuse for his father’s behavior, but we were indoctrinated into a society and culture where our familial bonds were insignificant and easily broken.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Good night Roses!
    Til Friday..

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Physical, not sexual, according to him. I remember him speaking about that in the past.

    “Tyler says he suffered brutal physical abuse at the hands of his father and severe sexual abuse at the hands of several adults growing up.”
    https://blackdoctor.org/506753/tyler-perry-molestation-it-was-a-living-hell/

  • Listen2Me

    He’s better than me. I still side eye my aunt that whipped me when I was 9…and I deserved it!

  • Quitedeliteful

    At first I was like to hell with this man who was emotionally and physically abusive!!! Tyler has a big heart and found the good in a lousy situation. The man did support them financially and Tyler is now returning that generosity. The daddy gave money but no love. Now, in his golden years, he gets exactly what he gave money but no love. Personally, he’d get a kick in the azz from me and that’s it because I’m not as forgiving as Tyler…

  • Guess Who

    WOW

  • Quitedeliteful

    What in the tarnation?!? Is that tape holding Tyler’s glasses together??? My daddy would do him one better though — when his glasses broke he found a small white shirt button (yes, button!!!) and sewed the arm back on!!!! You would see this little white button on the front of his ‘spy glasses’

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Lmao!!! No, looks like some sort of design/emblem.

  • Oya Shango

    It is important to learn to forgive. Tyler is doing the right thing by providing for his step-father. It speaks of his mature soul and character. Never hold on to hatred and pain. It is what kills in the end.

  • JustB

    Tyler will always be blessed for the blessings he gives to others… he is doing what his mother asked of him unselfishly and those are the people that deserve money

  • EMILY POST

    Black people???? Uhmmm… Not all black people are from broken dysfunctional families who abused them.

  • EMILY POST

    All you got to do is watch his movies… You know something went down awful in his life by his art.
    He can never really tell the gold digger stories well on screen. but he has got that abuse storyline down in film. Like when the woman was getting abused and thrown out the home he did that well.

  • Goddess™

    Children are NOT safe growing up around men!!!!! I learned that too! They are NOT SAFE, I agree!

  • SumthinSweeter

    LOL! Your dad Mcguyver’d them glasses.

  • SumthinSweeter

    Lol, chile I can hold a grudge fo’eva too. I’m askin the lawd everyday to work on me.

  • Shaun M

    And some women are sick also.

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Insane Taco Juice

    I think it’s the times and the demographics. In the years I’ve been around, males in households that didn’t have steady employment were more likely than those who worked Black men (without gang ties) a child could be around.
    Back when I was growing up, a couple of “Mr.Moms” in my neighborhood wouldn’t do anything strange to kids because they had a wife and girlfriend to keep up with.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    That last part though!!See, me and you, we here???. I definitely believe in forgiveness but I’ll be damned if i forget. If i were wealthy, my pos father wouldn’t get ?. I MIGHT would send him $20.00, but that’s a BIG might. Big ups to the God in Tyler though for giving him the strength to forgive.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Same!!

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    ??????????

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    PREAACH!! AND COVERED WITH A LOT OF CHURCH GOING!!!!

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    “What goes on in this house, stays in this house.” -code of secret keeping

  • T3

    Laaawd me too! But I prayed and prayed. And now I am so much better! Sometimes I be mad cause I be wanting to stay mad with people and I can’t ?. I still can go hard tho. I’m a work in progress lol

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    I got a heart full of bitterness. Pray my strength in the Lord!!

  • Goddess™

    LOL…okay…my goodness ?

  • imright

    all of that because i wondered where (s)he was ?? ?

  • Rayne

    Lmfaooo

  • Rayne

    ??

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I will forgive a person quick. But trusting them again, may never happen, which means, we won’t interact like we use to.

    People want to be able to ståb you in the back, for no reason at all, lie about why they did it and then be back cool with you.

    Where on earth do they do that at?

  • ?Royalty?

    ?? I didn’t even know one could McGyver a pair of glasses.

    I loved the old McGyver show. He could fix anything. ?

  • millz

    Yea I’m a I forgive you but ion fux with you no more… some more than others…
    Bih stayed with me playing around with the money so I had to kick her out now she be on Facebook liking and commenting on my pics asking why she doesn’t get an invite… WE NOT FRIENDS NO MORE … I just don’t reply… then she sends a message talking about call her… I didn’t… hopefully she has caught on!

  • i troll it like i see it

    You’re right

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I’m older and just dont have the time or patience for ignorance or foolishness.

    1. Talking about me negativlely to other people, instead of coming to me first with it.

    2. Spreading my personal business with people, when you get mad.

    3. Continuing to lie or play dumb, when you know what you did wrong.

    4. Getting other people who I don’t know, to fight your battles, so it won’t look like it’s coming from you.

    Are all deal breakers for me.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    ????

  • millz

    I’m in such a good place by being by myself! Hanging with my day ones when and if I want to…other than that I’m solo… I even travel solo! Kids older so I’m about to get them passports so they can see the world with me!

  • abby500

    People always gave a story. There is always a reason for actions

  • Evillene

    Against all odds. It is truly remarkable that loving black families could have descended from blacks who had to suffer watching their family get sold away — never to be seen again — and then resume back-breaking labor for the remainder of their days on Earth. We were treated like unthinking, unfeeling animals for centuries. It is miraculous that any of us are capable of love, affection, compassion and empathy.

  • Malcom Flex

    Many black males are abused many black males abused them time to expose that sh!t.

  • Shaun M

    Some men and women were molested by females. Tyler even said it himself. All abuse regardless of perpetrators( male or female) are sick and evil people.

  • T3

    I sure will. Praying for you to get bEtter!

  • Li

    I just wish Tyler would stop making those Madea movies. I know it’s his bread and butter, but he’s beyond that.

  • Yoni7

    Or somethin’. LOL

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Yup… He’s a betta man than me!!!

  • unknown user

    i could, but i wont… not today, not next friday, or the friday after next. not ever. just, no. im leavingggg

  • Kayke

    Some things you keep to yourself. I don’t really understand the purpose of inviting people into spaces of yourself, they didn’t ask to go. It’s weird to me.

  • EMILY POST

    Against all odds???? Yes slavery was extreme but African Americans survived it and were able to maintain and have stronger family units post slavery than whites in a lot of cases. Blacks were more committed to their Communities and Families Prior to Integration. African Americans had a better shared core value system and sense of Community.
    Studies shown the dysfunctional break down of the black family had a correlation with integration and the embrace of non traditional African values and assimilation in current more Eurocentric American culture.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Deliverance from grudges, bitterness and resenments.
    Praise God.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    That is not true. I work with a lot of “grossly immature”, don’t get it grown, grown, grown folks.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I feel you!

  • primadutch

    Don’t do Tyler…those are Burberry.

  • Liah

    When TP going to come out that closet???….Asking for a friend:)

  • Quitedeliteful

    Maybe I could find him a plaid button… LOLLLOL!

  • Bashi22

    Never see his child on any print or social media. His baby mother is super private

  • Amy

    Tyler is a good person because growing up in an abusive home is not an excuse to abuse your own child. What about loving parents who were abused? what’s so different about their situation that they were able to learn NOT do do it to their own child but instead show them love. Heck even Tyler himself is an example because I am sure despite what his stepfather did to him he is a good dad to his son Aman.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    “What about loving parents who were abused?”

    A caring empathetic person outside the home loved them and taught them empathy. Probably a relative or a teacher.

  • Amy

    Not in every case. Some people use trials to do better and some use them as an excuse to do worse. It’s the age old glass half full vs half empty scenario.

  • Coffee1st

    Yep. I found out in my adult years that my mom was molested by her mom’s friend. I knew this woman! Educated, chuch going…..and sick.

  • Shaun M

    I, too, have heard these horror stories and it’s pretty sad.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Thanks love??

  • JJSPLAYHOUSE

    The way it should be.

  • Bashi22

    Yes I agreed

  • the guest

    I love this brother. Tyler Perry is a genius. God blesses him thousand fold.

    “To his credit, we were never hungry, he never left the family, he always brought every dime he made home to my mother,” Tyler explains. “So in return for what he did then, I still do the same thing for him, even though we don’t have a relationship.”

    Every man in the world needs to read this and let it be their example. Boys and Men today no matter what color are raised with poor characters and a mentality that family and children are disposable.

  • the guest

    I don’t believe he is in a closet. He is honest about how abuse has traumatized and affected him sexually. He clearly believes in living a heterosexual and traditional married life. He’s entitled to peace in his life with his wife and child.

  • the guest

    YES!!!!!

  • the guest

    That’s true living!!!!

  • the guest

    AMEN.

  • Renee26

    Thanks for the link!