Tyler Perry is one of those people who doesn’t quit. The 46-year-old has developed quite a name for himself, what with him being a successful actor, director, producer, writer, theater director, playwright, author, and singer! A couple of years ago, he was even named by Forbes as one of the top paid men in entertainment. So it really comes as no surprise that the father of one decides to take on a new goal.
To his Facebook followers, Perry shared a photo of himself flexing on the sand in nothing but beach shorts. The caption explained Perry’s new aim: “I’m 18lbs away from my goal. I hope I don’t blow it this holiday season. Gonna try to stay on it. It’s hard as heck to lose weight after 40, but it’s so worth it. It keeps the doctor away. [sic]” He went on to reveal the emotional reason behind the sudden inspiration—his late mother. Perry’s mother passed away in 2009 at the age of 64, after being diagnosed with diabetes at 40. He also included a message to his fans: “Don’t let anything keep you from being healthy and strong.”
Photo: Facebok/ Tyler Perry
And they got it loud and clear. The post has been liked over 172,000 times, and several fans shared personal stories of difficulties they had to overcome in order to get into shape. They left comments such as, “I know how hard it is, I lost 70 and I’m 52-years-old, hang in there! [sic]” Some even shared their moral support for Perry, writing messages like, “Good job!” and, “I lost 100lbs since November 23 last year u can do it much love we can do this [sic].”
Aside from staying healthy, Perry has another very valid reason for staying in shape—his baby boy, Aman Tyler Perry, who was born to girlfriend Gelila Bekele less than a year ago.