Tyler Perry has revealed that he’s not interested in “race talk” with his 7-year-old son Aman just yet.
The filmmaker made the startling revelation in an interview with To AARPas he opened up about fatherhood.
In an effort to protect his son from the harsh realities of the world, Perry said he has been putting off “the talk” with the son he shares with model Gelila Bekele as long as possible.
“I haven’t had a conversation with Aman because he’s only 7 years old and I want to hold on as long as I can,” Perry told the nonprofit.
“I don’t want to tell him that there are people who are going to judge him because of the color of his skin, because he’s in school with every race right now, and all these kids are in their purest form.” When he describes his friends, he never defines them by race,” he explained.
“So the moment he loses that innocence, it’s going to be a very, very sad day for me.”
But Perry made it clear that the conversation would happen any day now.
“I know it’s coming because he’s already asking very tough questions,” he said. “More than anything, I want him to be someone who sees injustice, speaks up against it and affects change.”
Perry said another reason she wants to shield her son from the world is because he’s “not famous.”
“I want him to live as normal a life as possible.” I want him to know what it’s like to have your own name, your own life and not have the pressure of trying to live up to who your father was,” he added.