Tyler Perry wants you to know two things: He’s tired of dressing in drag and he’s buying an island.
And oh, yeah. He’s not gay. Uh, sure.
The Atlanta movie mogul, often described as a loner and long-time bachelor, tells People magazine that he plans on buying a private island for his 40th birthday in September. There’s no recession in his world, after all, what with “Madea” taking in more than $41 million during its opening weekend last month and again topping the box office this week.
And when he’s there resting and writing on Tyler Perry’s Getaway, Perry says there will be no paparazzi, no doubt a ban that will help mask any visitors to the retreat. We’re just sayin’.
“I’m a loner by nature, so when I’m out there on these islands, I just feel like the only person in the world,” says Perry, whose latest film, Madea Goes to Jail, grossed a whopping $41 million its opening weekend.
After recently spending a week vacationing on a private island in the Great Exumas in the Bahamas, he admits it’s not all relaxation: “Renting an island is the best place for me to work uninterrupted.”
Perry also tells the Associated Press that his cash cow, Madea, will die a dramatic death if he has his way. Perry’s signature character is himself done up in drag.
He knows she’s “a whole lot of fun to watch. But to do it is a nightmare,” Perry says.
“It’s all one suit that I’m zipped into, so it’s all heavy. The hips are heavy. And the more I sweat, the heavier it gets. I see why women have back problems who have large breasts. Holding those things upright can be tough.”
Perry said that it’s clear that fans want more of her. “As long as they want to see her, she’ll stay around. But, I’m telling you, if they ever stop coming, she’s going to die a quick death. ‘Madea’s Funeral.’ That’s what you look forward to.”
In August 2007, as Perry graced the cover of Essence, he took on speculation that dressing in drag isn’t the only gay thing he does.
“It used to bother me a whole lot in the beginning — it really, really did,” he tells Essence. “But what it’s done is give me a firm seating in my manhood. And if some people can’t separate the character from the man that I am, then that’s their issue, not mine.”
Hat tip to Rod 2.0.