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Tyler Perry reportedly expecting a baby with girlfriend Gelila Bekele

Gelila Bekele and Tyler Perry, seen at an event in December 2011, are reportedly expecting a child together.
Gelila Bekele and Tyler Perry, seen at an event in December 2011, are reportedly expecting a child together.
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Tyler Perry, who just turned 45 in style, is reportedly going to be a father.

Perry is expecting a baby with on-and-off girlfriend Gelila Bekele, 28, according to Gossip Cop, which cited a source close to the “Madea” mastermind.

“He is thrilled,” the insider said.

Bekele, who was born in Ethiopia, might be very near her due date: A guy friend said on Instagram last month that she was seven months along with a baby boy, according to a screen grab posted by NecoleBitchie. The pic has since been deleted from Instagram.

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Perry made the announcement at a birthday bash he threw for himself last week, Bossip reported Monday. The actor-writer-director and the model-activist have been linked for about five years, according to that website.

“I had never thrown myself a birthday party, so for my 45th I wanted to do something special,” Perry said Monday on Facebook, posting a photo from inside a tent where guests had enjoyed a two-hour concert.

Jennifer Holliday, Desiree Coleman Jackson, Tevin Campbell, Ledisi, Monica, Jazmine Sullivan, Tamia, Mary Mary, LeAnn Rimes, Yolanda Adams and Rachelle Ferrell performed, and Stevie Wonder spent some time “at the piano in my living room ... I had to pinch myself.”

“It was a night I’ll never forget,” Perry said. “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 Perry representative did not respond to a Tuesday request for comment.

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