Tyler Perry Welcomes Son Aman Tyler

The actor and director, 45, and his longtime girlfriend, Gelila Bekele, welcomed son Aman Tyler Perry, on Sunday, Nov. 30, PEOPLE has learned.

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Tyler Perry is a new dad!

The actor and director, 45, and his longtime girlfriend, model and activist Gelila Bekele, welcomed their first child, son Aman Tyler, on Sunday, Nov. 30, PEOPLE has learned.

“Mom and baby are happy and healthy. Tyler is so excited,” a source tells PEOPLE.

Aman means peace and represents “the true meaning of Thanksgiving and then, of course, the holiday season.”

Although Perry and Bekele found out the sex of their firstborn prior to the delivery, the new dad is ecstatic over the arrival of their son.

“He’s over the moon,” adds the source, referencing Perry’s rocky relationship with his own father.

After welcoming their baby boy, the proud parents sent out a birth announcement to family and close friends, asking that in lieu of gifts, donations be made to Charity Water, an organization dedicated to providing clean water to developing countries.

“Tyler is thrilled. He and Gelila are so excited,” a source told PEOPLE in September. “They’ve got the nursery ready and he’s ready to change diapers.”

“He will make a wonderful father,” a second source added at the time. “You will never find a more loving, patient, honorable or decent man than Tyler Perry. Any child would be blessed to have him as a father.”

Perry’s rep declined to comment on the happy news.

— Sarah Michaud with reporting by Steve Helling and Mary Green


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