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Atlanta filmmaker Tyler Perry graces the cover of the August issue of Ebony Magazine.

In the interview Perry opens up about his past sexual abuse, his rivalry with fellow director Spike Lee, and his love life. Perry admits that in late 2010, he and his girlfriend experienced a pregnancy scare.

Tyler revealed: “Back in December, when we thought we were having a kid, I got a little overwhelmed…Now, I got overwhelmed when I first got a dog because I knew I was responsible for this living creature. So think how I reacted to the thought of having a child.”

On why he waited until his mother passed to reveal he’d been abused:

When my mother took her last breath, I was able to take my first because I would not be a source of pain for her as long as she was alive. I didn’t know how liberating it would be to sit in the pain of the moment, feel it, allow myself to squeeze it as hard as I could, then let it go.

On almost becoming a father:

Back in December when we thought we were having a kid, I got overwhelmed.

We? Is there a woman in your life?

Yeah, she is really, really special. It’s the longest relationship I’ve been in, largely because I don’t feel any kind of marry-me-now pressure from her.

Read more here.

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