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Tyler Perry Confirms He’ll Be a First-Time Father

Tyler Perry Confirms He’ll Be a First-Time Father


Tyler Perry has confirmed reports he’s set to become a dad, revealing he already has the nursery prepared for his first child.

Baby rumors began surrounding the couple when the Atlanta-based entertainment mogul reportedly revealed he and his longtime girlfriend, model Gelila Bekele, are expecting a baby during his 45th birthday party at his home in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this month. Perry shared photos from his big bash on his Instagram page and he thanked his famous friends for making it a night to remember.

Taking to the site, he wrote, “I had never thrown myself a birthday party, so for my 45th I wanted to do something special. This is inside the tent where we had a two hour concert. Jennifer Holliday, Desiree Coleman Jackson, Tevin Campbell, Ledisi, Monica, Jazmine Sullivan, Tamia, Mary Mary, LeAnn Rimes, Yolanda Adams, Rachelle Ferrell and Stevie Wonder brought the house down. It was a night I’ll never forget.

“Thanks to all of them for making this night special for me. My next party will be at 50. Gonna mark it every 5 years. A celebration in thanks to God for my life.”

Perry has finally confirmed the rumors. Over the weekend, the actor/director told reporters at the New York Film Festival he’s looking forward to everything that comes with being a new dad – including changing diapers.

He said, “We’re good. Very happy. She’s excited.”

Bekele is reportedly due later this year.

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Jasmine Alyce Jasmine is the Associate Editor/Reporter for FanBolt. She’s been obsessed with pop culture and entertainment news since the olden days of MTV’s ‘TRL’ and graduated in 2009 with her BA in Journalism. She’s a huge horror and sci-fi/fantasy fan and her favorite shows include: American Horror Story, Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, Doctor Who, Bates Motel, Once Upon A Time and Scandal, to name a few.


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