Tyler Perry decided to reveal he was a victim of sexual, physical and emotional abuse as a child on his website after he watched a screening of his new movie â€œPreciousâ€, which tells the story of a 16 year-old illiterate obese teen mom struggling to rise above horrible sexual and mental abuse.
The 40 year-old actor/director/producer says it was like his childhood memories came back to haunt him as he recounts his fatherâ€™s beatings, being molested by his parentsâ€™ friends and how is grandmother gave him a bath in ammonia in an attempt to get rid of his allergies.
“It hit me so hard, I sat there in tears realizing that somehow, by the grace of God, I made it through,” writes Perry, who signed on as an executive producer on the film. “My tears were tears of joy, being thankful that I made it.”
“I know that there are a lot of people out there with stories far worse than mine but you, too, can make it. To those of you who have, welcome to life. I celebrate you,” he said. “We’re all PRECIOUS in His sight.”
Tyler, who confessed “I always thought I would die before I grew upâ€, ends with a message of hope for those going through some type of abuse (read Tylerâ€™s complete confession here). The movie â€œPreciousâ€, also co-executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, will hit theaters November 6th. [â€˜Preciousâ€™ Official Site]