tyler perry, the billionaire, opens up about mid-life crisis

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Tyler Perry

by Muthoni Kimani December 20, 2020

The 51-year-old filmmaker says he is single and uncertain about what the "next chapter" holds for him.

Perry became a billionaire this fall, according to Forbes Magazine, and in 2019, he made the final movie in his Madea franchise. In a vulnerable social media post, he admitted he was "wondering what the next chapter in my life will look like".

He also announced he had split from his long-time girlfriend, and the mother of his only child, Gelila Bekele.

"This is what a midlife crisis looks like. I'm 51, single and wondering what the next chapter in my life will look like. Whatever it looks like I'm going to walk with God, be the best father and man I can be, hold my head up high, and try to look my best doing it!! In a world with so much sadness, please try and stay in the good! Merry Christmas and let's look forward to 2021 bringing us peace!"

Once he announced this, he had plenty of offers for a date. "Hey, Tyler. This is what 49 and single looks like. My kids are out of the house and in college, and I'm living my blessed life. Dm me," one follower replied, along with a photo.

Another one wrote: "This too shall pass, my friend. Cheers to the 50+ crew & Living unapologetically Out Loud! When you've designed your ideal life, the second half of life is so rewarding!"

Tyler Perry is known to many for his Madea movies, which he wrote, produced, directed and starred in as the title character. In 2015 he built a 330-acre movie studio outside of Atlanta, Georgia, and has been credited with helping to make the city a film making destination.