Tyler Perry is a successful filmmaker, but his life growing up was grim. “A living hell,” Tyler tells Oprah. “I feel like I died as a child.”
To endure the violent beatings, shouting and name-calling from his father, Tyler says he used his imagination to escape.
“I could go to this park [in my mind] that my mother and my aunt had taken me to. … I’m there in this park running and playing, and it was such a good day,” he says. “So, every time somebody was doing something to me that was horrible, that was awful, I could go to this park in my mind until it was over.”