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Parents Cry After Tyler Perry Pays $434,000 Worth of Walmart Layaways

Tyler Perry Breaks Down Crying As He Tells Oprah More About His Abusive Past

Actor Tyler Perry generously picked up the tab for layaways at two Walmarts outside Atlanta, Georgia. The total cost came to $434,000! Customers and their kids were crying over his generosity. “My mom didn’t know how she was going to pay because of the bills,” one child told TV station WGCL. Perry wanted to keep his donations anonymous but word still got out about his good deed.


Tyler Perry Tells Oprah More About His Abusive Past | Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry : He stunned his fans last year with revelations of his abusive past and now Tyler Perry is opening up about just how bad it got. In a new interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired Wednesday, the writer-director says his own father beat him brutally. In one harrowing moment, he recalls when his father whipped him with a vacuum cord.

"To this day, I don't know why he did it," Perry, 41, says in the interview. "But I remember him cornering me in a room and hitting me with this vacuum cleaner cord. He would just not stop." After another abusive incident, Perry says he blacked out for three days.

How to Cope

Eventually, he found a small way to cope – by daydreaming about a nearby park his mother used to visit with him. "Every time somebody was doing something to me that was horrible, that was awful, I could go to this park in my mind until it was over," Perry says.

On top of his father's beatings, Perry says he was sexually abused by four different adults, beginning when he was five or six. On one occasion, he was building a birdhouse with an adult male neighbor who proceeded to put his hands in Tyler's pants. "I felt my body betraying me," he says, "because I felt an erection at that age."

Later, Tyler said he was sexually molested by a male nurse and a man he knew from church. The man from church "used God and the Bible against me to justify a lot of the things that were going on. It was so horrible," he said. "And that was my first sexual experience – with this man performing oral sex on me as a boy."

Thoughts of Suicide

When it all became unbearable, Perry says he slit his wrists and tried to commit suicide. "I thought, 'What is the point of living?'" he says. "My mother was truly my saving grace, because she would take me to church with her."

All these years later, Perry says the catalyst for his candor was his mother's death last year. "I knew if I spoke about this, that she would be hurt," he says. "I feel this tremendous sense of, 'Now it's time for me to take care of me and get some of this stuff out of me and be free from it.'"


Ultimately, Perry says it was forgiveness that helped him begin to heal. "I forgave him," Perry says of his father. "The same amount of strength to take it is the same amount of strength it takes to let it go. As a man I am not going to sit here and let myself suffer anymore."

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Comment by LIONMAN3 on December 8, 2018 at 7:23am

I respect what he did but you need to start schools and in return mek jobs available for them black ppl in GA cause they have a high unemployment rate. Not going to solve the problem ever but this also not going to mek it better to give things away just so or pay bills. Many who received not going to value this as a lesson in life it only contribute to the problem and enable certain lazy people. Not all the people who received i am referring to but just stating facts in life.

Comment by Big Shot... on October 25, 2010 at 5:30am
Maaaaaaaan, him messing with Oprah, he's probably lying or exaggerating just like she did... Shes all about ratings, who cares about this nonsense. A fruit cake, a l****, on a world level stage, another formula for world destruction...Burn Devils, burn...
Comment by deborah rollerson on October 24, 2010 at 11:16pm
Most of the time abuse is a learned behaviour,it runs in circles in generations of a family for years. It is also a hush, hush issues in many families. the "don't discuss this to anybody"is often told to victims.. A lot of the victims have emotional blackmail attach to the assault, as well as fear that the abuse was their fault. Then many victims were told "no one will believe them,Threats made to the parents, or other family members is common place.Many children who told their parents about the assault was told stop lying, or even put out in the street. Years of guilt even drive victims to alcohol, and or drug abuse. When we report these suspicions, we need to be absolutely sure it's true.Or we will leave the predator with plenty of chances to retaliate for the accusations.
Comment by WAP on October 23, 2010 at 10:58pm
People should speak up and out about abuse and try to make small changes within their own circles. With all the talk and talk and talk about abuse, I am surprised that many are still waiting for "celebrities" to give them the courage to begin their own journey to recovery.

Abuse should be STOPPED in its tracks, right here, right now, PERIOD. Many of us are too lazy or self-absorbed to stop abuse when we see it or know about it.

FACT: Abuse is ALIVE and KICKING in the caribbean communities. What are YOU doing about it? ENUFF is ENUFF!!!!!
Comment by Olga Kaye on October 23, 2010 at 2:52pm
Mr. Tyler Perry, U r still my HERO. Keep the Faith. U have Ms. Oprah as a great and dearest friend to you.
Comment by E on October 23, 2010 at 12:59am
@HotSexyFit, Heard!!!..:)
Comment by deborah rollerson on October 22, 2010 at 11:34pm
I love you more right now Mr Perry. I laugh so hard at his craziness, I am almost embarrassed at the movies.His comedic genius is what heals him and us. I'll never forget the scene in Medeas Family reunion when Medea told her granddaughter to cook Blair Underwood's character some grits. That sound like something right out of a real personal dialouge in my life. COOK HIS ASS SOME GRITS GAL. LOL
Comment by JOY on October 22, 2010 at 8:31pm
Comment by Gillyb the Queen on October 22, 2010 at 10:47am
It takes time and strenght to heal and be able to talk about things that has happen to us in the past......God bless u Tyler Perry.
Comment by Roadway111 on October 22, 2010 at 10:22am
WOW.......I am speechless!

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