Benny aka Diamond aka Tyler Lepley says neither he nor Tyler Perry are gay after rumors began circulating.
If Mrs. Rona did anything positive this year, she allowed folks to slow down a bit and enjoy a whole lot of television. One show, in particular, that caught buzz on social media is P-Valley, which stands for–you guessed it–P*ssy Valley. Where the girls get naked.
Adapted from Katori Hall’s play, the drama series airs on STARZ network and follows the lives of multiple characters that work at a fictional Mississippi strip club called The Pynk. Tyler Lepley, who plays Diamond on the show, shares that his sexuality is often mistaken as gay due to his affiliation with Tyler Perry who gave him his first big role on his series ‘The Haves and Have Nots.’
“I came out on a Tyler Perry show and for whatever reason, he gets a rap like that and I know Tyler [Perry] personally and he’s not gay. I was seen around him and all of a sudden ‘he’s rubbing off on me’ and people felt like I was gay or something like that.”
Perry has famously been plagued by gay rumors much of his career, which is often followed by the revolving door of attractive men in his projects always being bombarded with the rumors as well, so it’s no surprise that Lepley has fallen victim to the chatter as well.
Despite becoming a billionaire, and producing Sister Act 3, Tyler Perry seems to still be the butt of the joke, recently sharing that he is going through a midlife crisis. Aside from folks questioning his sexuality, Tyler Perry is also newly single, after his ten-year relationship with model Gelila Bekele ended. What do you guys think of all this constant chatter? Why does everyone assume Madea is gay?