Gelila Bekele is Tyler Perry's longtime girlfriend. Their son, Aman Tyler Perry, was born in November 2014. Perry attempted to keep both the relationship and the pregnancy private, but the news leaked to gossip websites.
Perry is an actor, writer and director, and Bekele is a model and activist who was born in Ethiopia. A gossip website reported that the couple have been together off and on since about 2009.
Perry reportedly let the news of the pregnancy slip during a celebration of his 45th birthday at his home in Atlanta, Georgia. A source quoted by multiple sources said that Perry announced it because he was so overjoyed. Perry later was quoted as saying that his son was a great gift and afforded him the opportunity to give the child the things that he never had when he was young.
Perry is probably best known for his creation and portrayal of the tough elderly woman Madea, who is the main character of several movies Perry directed. He also has acted in a number of movies and has multiple credits as a writer and producer.
Perry is known for being guarded about his personal life, and little else is known about his relationship with Bekele.