Tyler Perry says he recently learned that man he considered his father was not actually his biological dad, a secret his mother kept from him his entire life.

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The International Business Times reports that Perry broke the news while speaking at a recent women’s empowerment event in Raleigh, North Carolina. He said, “I love my mother to death, but she lied to me,” adding that he and his brother found out the truth after taking a DNA test. 

Perry says he's now going to begin the search for his real father and encouraged parents to be honest with their children. “Some of you have secrets that your kids need to know. Let the chips fall where they may. For the peace of that person, let them know.”  Both Perry's mother and the man he thought was his biological father have passed away. 

Check out video of Tyler talking about his father about a year ago.