Tyler Perry reveals why he still takes care of his childhood abuser
On Oprah’s Master Class, Hollywood heavyweight Tyler Perry opened up about why he still takes care of the man who physically and verbally abused him throughout his childhood — the man he thought was his father, Emmitt Perry Sr.
Several years ago, during an emotional appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Perry first spoke about the the extent of the abuse he suffered. Judging from Perry’s account of what it was like to grow up with Perry Sr., he has more than enough reason not to care for him.
“From a child, I’d always known that this man despised me, and I could not figure it out for the longest … I could not figure out why he hated me so. And every action was about his hatred or his disdain for me,” Perry said.
Perry explained his two reasons for taking care of Perry Sr. to this day.
“Number one, my mother asked me to because she loved him. And secondly, as terrible as he was, and as horrible as he was, he never once left us. We were never hungry. And every time he’d go to work all week, he’d bring the money home,” Perry said. He added, “In return, I’m giving him what he gave to me. I had shelter. I had food. He has shelter — pretty nice shelter — and any food that he wants to eat.”
But food and shelter is as far as Perry is willing to go. “What I missed from him — being in a relationship — is also what he’s missing from me now. So he doesn’t have everything. He has what’s easy,” Perry said.