Tyler Perry’s Ex ‘Beyond Grateful’ To Co-Direct Documentary On His Life

Tyler Perry's ex and the mother of his child is expressing her gratitude for co-directing the upcoming documentary on his life.

Tyler Perry’s ex and the mother of his child is expressing her gratitude for co-directing the upcoming documentary on his life.

Gelila Bekele, who dated Perry from 2007 to 2020, recently took to Instagram to speak on her involvement in Maxine’s Baby: The Tyler Perry Story. Sharing a series of photos from the Hollywood premiere that took place on Friday, Oct. 27, Bekele opened up about the documentary that was 10 years in the making.

“Standing next to Mavericks,” Bekele captioned the post which included a photo of her standing alongside Perry, Oprah Winfrey, actor David Oyelowo, and co-leader Armani Ortiz.

“I am beyond grateful for this moment, To be standing here as a Director, presenting a film we worked on for nearly ten years. So much love and gratitude for everyone who has been part of this journey.”

She concluded with a special thank-you to Perry for including her in the project that is set to premiere on Amazon Prime on Nov. 17.

“@tylerperry tremendous gratitude for allowing us the privilege of telling your story,” she said.

The documentary shares the early life and career trajectory of Perry, born Emmitt Perry Jr. in New Orleans, and his rise to becoming a billionaire media mogul. Bekele’s involvement in the project comes despite their announced split three years ago.

At the time, Perry revealed in an Instagram post that he was “51, single and wondering what the next chapter in my life will look like.”

“Whatever it looks like I’m going to walk with God, be the best father and man I can be, hold my head up high, and try to look my best doing it!!” he wrote.

Perry and Bekele share son Aman Tyler, born in 2014. He expressed his pride in welcoming a child with her when their son was 3 years old.

“There’s no other person on this planet that I would want to be involved with or have a child with because she’s amazing,” he told People at the time.

At the time of their split, a source claimed the pair had “amicably split some time ago and remain close friends.”

“Their focus is on being the best parents they can for their son,” the insider said.

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