On Oprah’s Master Class, Tyler Perry explained why he still provides for the man that physically and verbally abused him as a child.
Here is what Tyler Perry had to say about why he chose to take care of Emmitt Perry, Sr. on his episode of Master Class.
“Yes, I still take care of the man I thought was my father, because number one, my mother asked me to. Because she loved him,” Perry explains.
“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 all the money home,” Perry shared.
“From a child, I had always known that this man despised me,” Perry recalled. “I could not figure it out for the longest [time]. I could not figure out why he hated me so.”
“Every action was about his hatred or his disdain for me,” he continued.
Perry later found out that he was not his real father, but still carried out his mother’s wishes.
“I’m giving him what he gave to me,” Perry explained. “I had shelter; I had food. He has shelter, pretty nice shelter, and any food that he wants to eat.”
The thing Perry hasn’t given him, though, is a relationship with the star.
“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.”