*Tyler Perry made a stand on Tuesday when he posted an emotionally charged essay about parenthood.
In his piece, he shared about how the sight of a father crossing the street holding his toddler child’s hand made tears well up in his eyes.
“Why did I have such a strong emotional reaction to this father and son? It didn’t take long for me to realize that it was because I never had those kind of experiences, never knew that kind of unconditional joy, never knew what it felt like to be wanted and adored as a child.”
Perry has been pretty open about his past and childhood. On the Oprah Winfrey almost a year ago, he shared some terrifying stories in his past, where he endured sexual abuse by his father and several others.
“I feel like I died as a child,” Perry said during the Oprah appearance. “My father – he hated me so much and I couldn’t understand why. I was sickly all the time, I had asthma. He hated that about me.”
Despite the horrors of his past, he supports good fathers today. He also wondered if his father knew what child he was raising, would things have been different.
“I wonder if the man I called ‘Daddy’ as a child, knew then what he knows now, would he have treated me any differently?” Perry wrote in his essay. “If he had known, the little boy that depended on him for food and shelter would grow up to be a man that he would have to depend on for food and shelter, would he have made different choices?”
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