Who is Tyler Perry and how does he know Meghan Markle and Prince Harry? | The Sun

IT'S FAIR to say Tyler Perry is a VERY successful actor and filmmaker,and VERY wealthy man.

Perry well-known for his iconic Madea character, and his sitcoms and films that depict the themes of a typical Black household.

Who is Tyler Perry

Perry was born Emmitt Perry Jr,in New Orleans, Louisiana on xx and is the son of Willie Maxine Perry and Emmitt Perry Sr.

At age 16, he had his first name legally changed from Emmitt to Tyler in an effort to distance himself from his abusive father.

Perry wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s.

He developed several television shows including Tyler Perry's House of Payne, which ran for eight season on TBS.

What TV shows and films has Tyler Perry been in?

Perry created The Haves and the Have Nots for the Oprah Winfrey Network, after landing a multi-year partnership with Winfrey in 2012.

Perry has starred in films such as Star Trek, Alex Cross, Gone Girl, Vice and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.

He is widely recognized for the Madea character, which has starred in 11 films since the character debuted in 2005.

What's Tyler Perry's net worth?

As of December 2022, Forbes estimates Perry has amassed a net worth of more than $1billion.

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He's used his wealth to buy homes in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, as well as two planes.

According to Forbes, "[Tyler Perry] owns the entirety of his creative output, including more than 1,200 episodes of television, 22 feature films and at least two dozen stage plays, as well as a 330-acre studio lot at the edge of Atlanta’s southern limits.

"He used that control to leverage a deal with ViacomCBS that pays him $150 million a year for new content and gives him an equity stake in BET+, the streaming service it debuted last September," added the outlet.

Is Tyler Perry married and does he have any children?

While Perry has never been married, his longest and most infamous relationship was with Ethiopian model Gelia Bekele from 2009 to 2020.

The former couple have a son together, Aman Tyler Perry who was born on November 30, 2014.

It is both Perry and Gelia's only child.

How does Tyler Perry know Harry and Meghan?

In Meghan and Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, they revealed how Perry came to their rescue when they relocated to California.

The couple revealed how Tyler Perry stepped in to help them after they were left without security or a plan following their decision to step back from their roles as senior members of the Royal Family in 2020.

Meghan told Oprah: “We didn’t have a plan and we needed a house and he offered security as well so it gave us breathing room to try to figure out what we were going to do.” 

It is unclear how they know Perry, but they are certainly friends now.

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A source previously told People that the couple “have endless gratitude to him for helping them during a complicated time”.

The couple stayed in Perry’s house for three months before relocating to a home in Santa Barbara.

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