Tyler Perry is being vulnerable with his followers.
The media mogul shared an Instagram photo of himself in workout attire and revealed he was going through a lot in an honest caption.
“This is what a midlife crisis looks like. I’m 51, single and wondering what the next chapter in my life will look like,” Perry wrote revealing his split from longtime girlfriend Gelila Bekele. “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!!”
The “Madea” star ended his message on a positive note and encouraged others to have an optimistic outlook as well.
“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!” Perry wrote.
Perry shares a 6-year-old son, Aman, with model and activist Bekele.
Over the summer, the actor got candid in a personal essay about explaining racism to his son and detailing his thoughts on racial injustice and police brutality against unarmed Black people in America.
“I’m exhausted from all the hate and the division, the vitriol that I see online from one to another,” Perry wrote. “I’m exhausted from seeing these kinds of senseless murders play out over and over again with nothing changing in our society.”
Perry wrote on various topics including how he felt after watching the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained in Minnesota by a white officer. He also touched on separate moments of being stopped and frisked in New Orleans and Atlanta.
“The level of racism and brutality that George Floyd faced is something that we as Black people know all too well,” he wrote. “When I saw that video, I had so many raw, guttural emotions. I felt for him and his family. I felt for all of us as black people. I felt for my 5-year-old son.”
Perry said he is mulling over how to explain racism to his son. When he does have the conversation, the filmmaker wrote that he wants to instill hope in him and that “progress is made in small steps.