Tyler Perry Is Learning How To Swim At 48 To Keep Up With His 3-Year-Old Son
While visiting LIVE with Kelly and Ryan this week to promote his new film, Acrimony, Tyler Perry opened up about fatherhood and the lengths he’s going to keep up with his 3-year-old son, Aman.
Describing him as a “threenager,” Perry said his son already loves reading. “This kid’s a genius,” he said. “He’s brilliant.”
And despite being young, Aman is also already a pretty good swimmer. So much so that Perry decided to take swimming lessons to be able to keep up with him. He’s making some progress. Keyword: some.
“It’s going well. I made it to the deep end of the pool,” he said as the audience laughed. “It’s six feet and I’m 6’6″ so it works out. But I’m working on it.”
The 48-year-old director and actor tried to step his swimming abilities up with the help of a Navy SEAL of all people.
“I wanted the best. I wanted the best to come teach me. How do you do this?!” he said.
“I had to hire a Navy SEAL to help me out because I have to get over my fear because my son is jumping in the water, he’s snowboarding, he’s doing all of this stuff,” Perry continued. “I want to be able to go up the mountain and swim with him, but I’m like, ‘Kid, you go in there now and you’re in trouble.'”
Unfortunately though, the Navy SEAL quit. Perry didn’t explain why, but he said he’s taking the teachings he learned from his former instructor and using it to get better by himself. But like many people who feel a tad fearful in the pool, he’s trying his best to go with the flow — literally — while simultaneously freaking out.
“I’m learning to go under and feel comfortable under the water,” he said. “There’s something about not being able to feel my feet on something flat that just makes me afraid.”
Can you relate? Check out Perry’s conversation about learning to swim at 48 below: