Perry opens up to Oprah about painful childhood memories and his suicide attempt.
The actor and director gave Oprah all of the details on his horrible past — he talked about everything from past sexual abuse to beatings from his father.
Perry told Oprah that he was sexually molested by four adults during his childhood — the first was when he was just five or six years old. He also said that his first sexual experience came at the age of 10 when his friend’s mother locked him in a room and pulled him on top of her.
Perry said his father beat him on a near-daily basis. He recalled one instance when his father beat him for improperly changing a flat tire which he states was “the end of his childhood”.
He said he daydreamed to keep the pain away, telling Oprah that he imagined running away into a field of grass.
“I couldn’t get the little boy to come back to me. I think I died that day.”
Perry changed his name from Emmitt Perry Jr to Tyler Perry to avoid carrying on his father’s name.
He eventually forgave his father in his twenties, even though his father never apologized.
Anger is good,” Perry told Oprah. “Bitterness is not.”
His Suicide Attempt
Perry revealed that he attempted suicide as a teen by slitting his wrist. Holding back his tears, Perry said his mother was the person who ultimately kept him alive.
“My mother was truly my saving grace, because she would take me to church with her. I would see my mother smiling in the choir, and I wanted to know this God that made her so happy,” he said. “If I had not had that faith in my life, I don’t know where I would be right now.”
This really explains alot about Tyler Perry and his seemingly NON EXISTENT love life.