Tyler “Madea” Perry covers the August issue of EBONY Magazine. Front and center on ‘The Black Wealth Issue’ that’s on stands now, Perry talks about how he almost became a father, his feelings towards Spike Lee and his personal definition of wealth. Here’s what he had to say:
How he almost became a father:
Back in December” he began “when we thought we were having a kid, I got overwhelmed. “We” (the interviewer asked) Is there a woman in your life? “Yeah” he responded–smiling yet no elaborating. He says, “she is really, really special. It’s the longest relationship I’ve been in, largely because I don’t feel any kind of marry-me-now pressure from her”.
Letting go of his personal feelings toward Spike Lee:
Because I saw his children and forgot that the man has kids. I’m gonna be more respectful of him and his family. I believe Spike can do what he does and I can do what I do. We both have a voice and very different experiences in life. There’s room for more than one of us in every industry, and the moment we embrace that as a society, we can get past all this stuff”.
Defining his personal relationship with wealth:
I’ve always been wealthy because I had a tremendous amount of love from my mother. She didn’t have much, but she gave me Jesus.”
Speaking about his mother, he tells EBONY how he waited after his mother passed to reveal his sexual abuse.
When my mother took her last breath, I was able to take my first because I would not be a source of pain for her as long as she was alive.I didn’t know how liberating it would be to sit in the pain of the moment, feel it, allow myself to squeeze it as hard as I could then let it go”.
Perry deserves a round of applause for opening up to his fans about his life. With that being said, I’m on my way to the newsstand to pick up the latest copy of EBONY and you should too!