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Who is Tyler Perry? 5 things you should know about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s boyfriend


Tyler Perry will be totally in control of cable channel BET. A recent report suggests that the American actor is finalizing the acquisition of the cable channel. Here are 5 things you need to know about the entertainment mogul.

Tyler Perry is an actor

Tyler Perry is an actor, filmmaker, playwright, and comedian. Tyler is best known for his portrayal of Madea Irlene Simmons. The first movie he made was Diary of a Mad Black Woman in 2005 which earned $50 million. Tyler was born on September 13, 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and grew up with his 3 siblings.

Tyler Perry has never been married

While Tyler has been in multiple PR relationships, the actor has never been married. He dated Ethiopian model Gelila Bekele from 2009 until 2020 after meeting her at Prince’s party. During the relationship, the pair had a son named Aman Tyler Perry. Perry has done his best to keep his son out of the spotlight after deciding he wants his family’s life to be “as normal as possible.” Before Tyler dated the mother of his child, he was linked to Tasha Smith and Tyra Banks in the past. The actor is not known to be dating anyone at present.

Tyler Perry is a friend of Harry and Meghan

Tyler talked about how his friendship with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry came to be. The actor had written to the Duchess before she married Harry. Although he didn’t really know her and they had never met, Tyler wrote Meghan a letter in 2018 after the scandal involving her father and the paparazzi made headlines. The actor wrote to Meghan, saying he’s “praying for her just to be able to move through it and stick to it” while also promising he’d be there in her time of need if she ever needed help.

Meghan spoke about the message as she revealed, “Sometimes it’s easier to open up to someone who knows absolutely nothing, and that moment was with me and Tyler.”

Tyler Perry is Lilibet’s godfather

When Meghan and Harry had their second child, Lilibet, they decided to choose Tyler Perry as her godfather. In the Netflix documentary From the Sussexes, Tyler recalls a conversation he had with Harry and Meghan after their daughter was born. Lilibet was born in June 2021. When the couple asked him if he would like to be her godfather, he responded by saying he would be “honored” to accept her.

Although he gladly accepted, the actor revealed that he had one condition. He remembers as he said, “I go, wait a second—does that mean we should go over there and do it all in church with [the royal family]Because I don’t want to do that.”

Tyler Perry has built his own entertainment empire

Tyler decided to create his own show called House of Payne, which earned him an enormous amount of recognition and fame. The actor also decided to build his own soundstage in Atlanta and put his own money into building stages and lights while successfully setting up the Tyler Perry Studio. He wrote, directed and produced the series and sold it to The CW. TBS later bought the series for $200 million, of which $138 went to Tyler.

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Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.