Tyler Perry is one of the most famous and successful African-American directors, producers, actors, and writers. He is best known for creating and starring in the Madea franchise, as well as writing, producing, and directing numerous films and television shows. Perry is also an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He has many reasons to be proud of his accomplishments, but he is still facing rumors and questions about his sexuality.
Despite being openly gay, he does not talk much about his personal life. He prefers to keep his love life private, and this has led to speculations about his sexual orientation. Some of the things that have fueled the rumors include his cross-dressing Madea character, his dating history, and statements from people who claim to have dated him.
One of the most prominent rumors is that Tyler Perry is gay. An individual named Walter Lee Hampton released a video in which he claimed that the actor was once a homosexual black man who has since distanced himself from the community. Hampton claims that Perry told him that his popular Madea stage performances would not be as successful if he came out as gay.
Another thing that has fueled the rumors is that Tyler Perry has had several women in his life. The most significant relationship was with Gelila Bekele, an Ethiopian model and activist. The two dated for 13 years and have a son together. During an episode of the TheGrio podcast Lip Service, the actor Tyler Lepley denied that he and Perry are an item.