Actor/filmmaker Tyler Perry is set to become a first-time father, according to reports.
The Alex Cross star is said to have announced the news to guests attending his 45th birthday party at his home in Atlanta, Georgia last week (ends19Sep14). He did not reveal who the mother of the child is, but he has been linked to Ethiopian model Gelila Bekele for the past five years. Perry has yet to publicly address the rumors, but he shared photos from his big bash on his Instagram.com page on Monday (22Sep14) as he thanked his famous friends for making it a night to remember.
Taking to the blog, he wrote, "I had never thrown myself a birthday party, so for my 45th I wanted to do something special. This is inside the tent where we had a two hour concert. Jennifer Holliday, Desiree Coleman Jackson, Tevin Campbell, Ledisi, Monica, Jazmine Sullivan, Tamia, Mary Mary, LeAnn Rimes, Yolanda Adams, Rachelle Ferrell and Stevie Wonder brought the house down. It was a night I'll never forget. "Thanks to all of them for making this night special for me. My next party will be at 50. Gonna mark it every 5 years. A celebration in thanks to God for my life."
A representative for Perry, who turned 45 on 14 September (14), had yet to respond to requests for a comment as WENN went to press.
Former child star Tevin Campbell has recruited producer Teddy Riley and singer Faith Evans to work on his first studio album in 15 years. The R&B singer, who rose to fame as a teen with hits like I'm Ready and Tell Me What You Want Me To Do, has been keeping busy recording new material for fans as he relaunches his career, and he's hoping his well-received performance at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana on Saturday (05Jul14) will help him land a new record deal for the project's release.
He tells the Associated Press, "I'm independent right now and just trying to create some kind of buzz for myself. Ultimately, though, I'd be open for a one to two album deal.
"I think a lot of good things can happen as a result of this festival. I've truly been blessed and when it comes to God and his blessings, all I can do is be prepared."
The singer's last studio album, the self-titled Tevin Campbell, hit retailers in 1999. Nine years later (08), he released an online-only project titled 2008, Never Before Heard, although that material was later pulled from the Internet.