During a recent speech at the Women’s Empowerment 2014 event in Raleigh, North Carolina, Tyler Perry spoke about his mission to find his biological father after discovering a lie that was told to him by his mother.

The 44-year-old director confessed that he was disappointed when he found out that his mother , who is now deceased,  lied to him about his father’s identity for most of his life.

“I love my mother to death, but she lied to me,” he told the audience.

Perry has never been shy about discussing the abuse he received at the hands of the man he thought was his father. Or that he attempted suicide at the age of 10.

“His only answer to everything was to beat it out of you,” Perry  once said.

Perry used his speech at the event to encourage people to  be honest with their children.

“Some of you have secrets that your kids need to know,” he said. “Let the chips fall where they may. For the peace of that person, let them know”.

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