Tyler Perry joined Radio One founder Cathy Hughes for an intimate interview during Women’s Empowerment 2014. During the interview the media mogul offered encouragement to women telling them to make sure they don’t miss their blessings by not showing up. He also revealed a family secret.
“I love my mother to death, but she lied to me,” Perry said.
Perry says he suspected the man who raised him, who he described as a “bastard,” was not his father because he was so abusive toward him. His mother, now deceased, always said the man was Perry’s father. After his mother died, Perry had a DNA test with his brother. The test revealed they did not have the same father. Perry then took a DNA test with a man who raised him. The test confirmed that the man who caused Perry so much pain as a child was not his biological father.
Perry encouraged women in the audience not to keep secrets from their children. He says now, he is trying to find out who is his biological father.