Celebrity Parents Tyler Perry Reveals the Best Part About Having Oprah as His Son's Godmother Tyler Perry shares 7-year-old son Aman with ex-girlfriend Gelila Bekele By Georgia Slater Georgia Slater Twitter Georgia Slater is a writer/reporter on the Parents team at PEOPLE. People Editorial Guidelines Published on February 23, 2022 04:02 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Tyler Perry's son lucked out in the godparent department. The actor, 52, appears on Wednesday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show where he chats about his 7-year-old son Aman Tyler and what it's like to have Oprah Winfrey as his little boy's godmother. Asked what is the best thing about having Oprah as Aman's godmother, Perry says, "The books, she sends so many books to him." "My son's not online and things like that, he doesn't have an iPad. He gets to watch some things on the iPad, maybe 30 minutes every now and then, but the books. She sends great gifts." The media mogul, who shares Aman with ex-girlfriend Gelila Bekele, says his son is at a "fun age" and shares that he recently had a discussion with Aman about fame. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Michael Rozman/Warner Bros. Tyler Perry Talks Life as a Dad and Says His 4½-Year-Old Son Aman Is His Greatest 'Joy' "I asked him, 'Do you know what famous is?' And he said, 'Yeah it's when a lot of people know your name,' " Perry recalls. "So I said, 'You know, by that definition, some people think I'm famous.' He goes, 'Really? Can we finish coloring now?' " The Madea creator says his son's unconcerned reaction to his fame "grounds everything." Perry notes that he typically tries to keep his family out of the spotlight, adding, "We've been very fortunate to keep us out of public spaces when we're traveling and things like that so that allows him to not see all the madness that happens." Perry and Bekele welcomed son Aman together in December 2014. The actor announced his split from Bekele in December 2020 on Instagram, writing, "I'm 51, single and wondering what the next chapter in my life will look like."