Tyler Perry and long-time girlfriend Gelila Bekele split up

Tyler Perry presents: The new and unattached Tyler Perry.

The 51-year-old producer and actor announced on Instagram on Wednesday, December 16, that he is single and having a “midlife crisis.” On Thursday, a source confirmed to E! News that Perry and his longtime girlfriend Gelila Bekelewith whom he has a six-year-old son, have separated amicably but remain best friends and are raising their son together.

“This is what a midlife crisis looks like,” Perry wrote on Instagram, posting a mirror selfie of himself in workout clothes. “I’m 51, single, and wondering what the next chapter of my life will look like.”

He continued, “Whatever it looks like, I will walk with God, be the best father and man I can be, hold my head high and try to look the best I can while doing it!! In a world full of sadness please try to stay in the good! Merry Christmas and let’s look forward to a 2021 that brings us peace!”

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Perry did not mention 34-year-old Bekele. She also did not comment on the couple’s separation.

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Tyler Perry, Gelila Bekele

Perry and Bekele, a model, activist and documentary filmmaker, are said to have been together for about a decade. He has rarely spoken about her in the press.

However, Perry answered a question about their relationship in an interview with rapper TIPodcast by Fast in March. When asked why he was not married, The Made a The franchise’s creator, who Forbes says is worth at least $1 billion, replied, “I have someone who is wonderful, and she gets her share of everything.”

Perry also talked about keeping his and Bekele‚Äôs son, Aman Tyler Perryfrom the spotlight. He said: “Even my son is in the public eye… You and I are really good about that. We make sure he’s protected by the time he’s five and knows who he is before people start telling him who he is. I’m OK with that.”