Baby on the Way for Tyler Perry

09/25/2014 at 01:00 PM ET

Tyler Perry Girlfriend Expecting First Child
Ryan McCune/Patrick McMullan/AP

Tyler Perry is about to embark on his most ambitious project yet!

The actor and director, 45, is expecting his first child with his longtime girlfriend, model and activist Gelila Bekele, in late fall, multiple sources tell PEOPLE.

“Tyler is thrilled. He and Gelila are so excited,” a source says. “They’ve got the nursery ready and he’s ready to change diapers.”

“He will make a wonderful father,” a second source adds. “You will never find a more loving, patient, honorable or decent man than Tyler Perry. Any child would be blessed to have him as a father.”

Perry actually predicted the timing of becoming a father pretty accurately. In early 2013, when he was 43, Perry told Steve Harvey on his talk show that he’d probably be 45 when he finally became a dad.

And he said he’d be a good one, too.

“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 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 … Eventually I’ll get there.”

When Harvey pointed out that Perry will be 60 when his child is 15, Perry jokingly replied: “I’ll hire somebody to take him to the basketball court.”

Perry’s rep could not be reached for comment on the happy news.

— Tim Nudd with reporting by Steve Helling and Mary Green

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Beth on

why is there so much conflicting info. out there? I keep hearing that he’s gay and that this woman is a surrogate for him and his partner..where did that rumor even come from then?

templar on

didn’t know that Tyler Perry was pregnant…lol!
Congratulation to Tyler Perry’s girlfriend.

Tisha on

Love Tyler Perry… I think he will be a wonderful father…Congratulations!!

LaVonda on

Hell I would’ve had a baby for him. He should’ve asked me. At least I can speak his language. Just kidding. Congrats too him I hope he wants a wife too. If she’s good enough to have your baby she ought to be good enough to be your wife. Your smart & you do do the right thing. So marry her if you love her that much. Make her sign a prenupt if he doesn’t want her to have his money. She needs to get americanized. So she can be taken care of for life. If not he could’ve gotten a surrogate mother.

Sarah on

She is a beard. Guarantee this “relationship” doesn’t last, he just needed an incubator to have children. I’m sure the baby was conceived through artificial insemination and she’s being paid a pretty dime for it.

hey on

i alays thought he prefered the company of men

Bhavana on

Congratulations to the happy couple on the pregnancy. That baby will want for nothing.

Angel on

All of you that are questioning his sexuality are wrong. Why don’t you just let the man be happy and stop making mean, unsubstantiated comments about his personal life. Congrats to the happy couple.

Tina on

I always thought he was gay. Oh, well, Congrats.

Jennifer on

Congrats to them. Love that he is willing to share with the world his craft and positive outlook on life, but unwilling to put his love life out there for the world. I have no doubt he will be a wonderful father.

Ed Briley on

Congratulations to the both of them. That child is so blessed!!!

Sandra on

@LaVonda….Has anyone asked her is she wants to be a wife? Contrary to popular belief, not all women are dying for the title of “wife”.

Dawn on

That’ll be one loved and lucky kid!! Happy wonderful news🙂

tiff on

He is bisexual, not gay.
Congrats to him.

Tess on

Check out Blind Gossip for the story on this pregnancy.

QDPie109 on

Congrats to them!!! Love Tyler Perry and his rags to riches story. I’m sure he will make a wonderful father to this lucky baby boy. I have to admit I ways thought he had kids for some reason.

Jan on

Hummmm she’s in for the money…I understand she’s a beard.

Jan on

He’s going hire someone to take care of the baseball court issue.

Felice on

Congrats Mr. Tyler!! No movie role that he has ever played will equal the wild ride that parenthood will take him on. I hope that he enjoys every moment.

julia on

When you are around him, in my case working, it is very apparent that he is not into women.

KJ on

Marry her Tyler! Gelila is such an amazing person. I follow her on IG. And she is so gorgeous.. You’re a lucky man!

Margot on

God bless you Mr Perry …and your girl friend..I wish you the very best & a happy healthy baby..

Enough please on

I didnt know he was straight – wow on

Very happy for Tyler and his girlfriend!
Great news. Wishing the family all the best!

lola on

Those are two beautiful people!! Tyler Perry will make a wonderful and loving Father!! I am very happy for him. Prayers for a healthy child.

toledomom on

The #1 indicator of whether a child will live in poverty is whether his/her parents are married. This is another example of a celebrity making having children out of wedlock an acceptable thing to do. These “role models” (famous people are role models – some good, some bad) are leading a shift in our culture that profoundly hurts children and their chances for a stable upbringing, a good education, and a healthy life.

lola on

Julia….how about you keep your hateful, ugly gossip to yourself!! Find some good to do in the world. Make your Mother proud doing something other than this. Your ugly is showing.

Christi on

He is an amazing person and will be a wonderful father!


Susan on

Maybe now he can make a movie where the Mom is not a crack whore.

Brianne on

Congrats, Tyler and Gelila! This baby is already blessed! You’ll be great parents! Madea rules!!!

Sable on

Not concerned about his personal preferences.hope he’s just committed to parenthood and not just because he’s going through a midlife crisis.

Anonymous on

Awww, congrats to them!

Opinion on

Best of luck, although it is a shame if he feels he has to hide his sexuality. Although, many in the entertainment industry have had “beard” baby mommas. Michal Jackson & Debbie Rowe, Singer, Bryan Adams & his “girlfriend” who is actually his personal assistant & John Travolta & Kelly Preston. It’s not that uncommon in Hollywood

Anonymous on

Go Go Tyler u rock bro.You a such an inspiration to many. I trust you gona be a VERY GOOD FATHER…..

Sherry on

I’m not gonna lie. I thought Tyler was batting for the “other” team but I guess I was wrong. Congrats to them both!!

Dottie on

I thought this man was so God fearing Christian. Why then is he having a child out of wedlock. Sets a great example…

Anonymous on

Opinion- How do you know he’s “hiding” his sexuality? The fact is that you don’t- unless and until he announces it himself- none of us do! Similarly, we can’t possibly know that any of the other men you mentioned are/were in sham relationships to hide their sexuality (and to be fair, Bryan Adams has never, at least to my knowledge, tried to pretend that the mother of his children is his girlfriend).

Bottomline: Rumors and heresay are one thing, the truth is another!🙂

Anonymous on

Oh, please! All of a sudden we’re only hearing about this woman now? I am sure I heard he was gay. Perhaps he’s just not ready to come out. This woman is a beard and surrogate

Anonymous on

Congratulations to them!

Erika on


Tammy on

Congratulation tyler perry and gelila bekele for a healthy baby boy 2 days ago

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