Tyler Perry is going to be a dad.
After years of questioning is-he-or-is-he-not-gay, the 45-year-old entertainment mogul is gearing up to become a father in just a few months. Perry’s on-again-off-again model girlfriend of several years, Gelila Bekele, is expecting their first child and she is well on the way at about eight months. Bekele, 28, is a model and an activist.
News of their impending parenthood was revealed at Perry’s recent 45th birthday party in Los Angeles…sorta.
While the Madea star alluded to fatherhood during a speech saying that he had to start getting used to not getting a lot of sleep, because his life was about to change in a big way according to a guest at the bash. He said, ‘Some of you know what I’m talking about.'”
The guest also said Bekele is about “seven or eight months pregnant.”
A friend of the couple reportedly shared the news on social media, but the post was quickly deleted.
Another pal posted of pic on Instagram of himself with Bekele about a month ago, identifying her as a “new good friend” who was seven months pregnant with a “baby boy.” That post has been deleted as well.
Perry has declined to comment on the pregnancy rumors. But for a man who’s been private for most of his celebrity career, we’re not surprised everything is so hush-hush. But congratulations on his new step into fatherhood.
During an appearance on Steve Harvey in April 2013, Perry said he wanted to be a dad. “I know I would be a great father,” he said. “I don’t want to work this hard, I don’t want to have all of this and not leave it to my children. I also know, that as hard as I’m working–doing 20 hours a day–now is not the time.”
He added, “Eventually, I’ll get there.”