Tyler Perry recently posted online about his "midlife crisis" and also announced that he is recently single and will be focusing on being a great father.
The multi-hyphenate had been linked to his longterm partner, Gelila Bekele, since 2009 with whom he shares his son, Aman.
Gelila Bekele is a star in her own right but the famous couple kept most of their personal lives private.
In light of the rumoured split between herself and Tyler Perry, Briefly.co.za took a look at 3 interesting facts about Gelila.
3 She began her career as a model
It won't come as a surprise that the stunning celebrity made a name for herself through the modelling industry. Her website lists that she began her career in 2006 and worked in fashion capitals like Paris and New York. Gelila still models today and has worked with iconic brands like Michael Kors, Levi's, Pantene and Tory Burch.
2 She's a filmmaker, activist and author
Gelila is passionate about human rights and is involved in campaigns dedicated to clean water access, the rights of women and girls, and the availability of education. She also produced the documentary Anbessa which debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival and has published a book titled Guzo!. Gelila's book was published in 2018 and the story follows a day in the life of 6 different Ethiopian tribes.
1 She was born in Ethiopia
Gelila was born in Ethiopia and still boasts a strong connection with the African nation. She does much of her humanitarian work in the country and also regularly brings awareness to her thousands of Instagram followers about the Ethiopian people. Gelila shares photographs of herself and her efforts as well as information about how followers can get involved.
Briefly.co.za reported on when Tyler Perry recently said he was single and took to social media to pour out his heart about going through a midlife crisis. The writer-director shared a selfie along with a caption describing his unfortunate circumstances. The 51-year-old said that he was still single and was clearly not pleased about it. The lengthy caption read:
“This is what a midlife crisis looks like. I’m 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!!”
“In a world with so much sadness, please try and stay in the good! Merry Christmas and let’s look forward to 2021 bringing us peace!”
His post, which was meant to leave his fans contemplating the end of the year, left mature women thirsting for the Madea actor. His mentions were flooded with women trying their luck with Perry.
Twitter user kimkarkbar2 said:
“This is what 53 looks like single and Blessed let's hang out somewhere”
“51 and still look the same as I did in high school! Single and blessed with the kids all moved out. Maybe I deserve some company.”
“This what 56,and single and highly favored looks like....Blessed”
One unfortunate lady even found her mother shooting her shot in Perry’s mentions. Here is the exchange:
“Not here to shoot my shot. I cougar lol but I am happy to have made it to 53”
She went on to say:
“Stop thirsting over my mom, I hate y’all”
The down-to-earth mother defended herself by saying:
“Can I have this moment”