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Whitney. Still Praying.

For many years, I couldn’t turn my ringer off on my phones because my mother was very ill.  My phone would be on all night. This is tough for me because I’m the type of man who loves to be in pure quiet when I’m home. No TV, no radio, no nothing. Just quiet. Mainly because there is so much noise in my life.

After my mother died in 2009, I started turning my ringer off without the fear of missing a very important call. After you lose someone you love, nothing seems very important. So I was at my house in L.A. last year on February 11th, dreading facing February 12th. That would have been my mother’s 67th birthday. I’m always a little sad around that time but that morning started out okay. I thought I wouldn’t be able to get through the 12th. All I had to do was protect my spirit, let me just leave the TV off and turn the ringer off so that I could not be reminded of the grief that I had been enduring.

I decided to turn in early. I was getting in the bed and my cell kept lighting up. So I finally looked at my phone and I had text about Whitney. The one that was most shocking was a friend who said, “Tell me it’s not true.” I immediately knew what that meant. I tried to call Pat, her sister-in-law, but couldn’t reach her. Within a few minutes Pat called me back and asked me to come down to the hotel.

I went to the Beverly Hilton Hotel, got out of the car and I thought it was some kind of sick joke. There were hundreds of people standing around, laughing, drinking and screaming for autographs from celebrities as they arrived for a Grammy party. People were screaming my name and taking pictures as I pushed through the crowd. I went up to the floor and saw the police and coroners outside of the room. I went into the room and Whitney’s family was broken down, inconsolable. We must have been right above the party because there was a glass of water on the nightstand that was vibrating from the bass and the screams below. It was so surreal. Such a juxtaposed position to see this family breaking down and hear laughter and cheers from below us. It really made me think about her life. While her voice brought so much joy, there was so much sadness inside of her.

As I am seeing all these tributes to her on this one-year anniversary of her death, I want you to know something: Whitney was a fighter. She really tried to get herself together. She really tried to overcome. She really wanted to, and I also know that, like me, a lot of you were praying and rooting for her. So, for all of us that were praying for Whitney’s full recovery, for all of us who cared that she was on this planet, for all of us who loved her, I just want you to know that even though she is gone, there are still things that we can do for her. We can keep her daughter and her family lifted up in prayer. We can also pray for other people in this business, especially these young people who come in so bright eyed and eager, only to have it tear at their very souls.

I thank God I didn’t become successful until I was older. The younger you are when you start in this business, the more at risk you are.  Speaking of that, we can also pray for the children of these people. If you only knew what people in this business have to endure to sit in their seat. I’m not asking you to feel sorry for anyone. I’m simply asking you to pray for us all.

God bless. Miss you Whitney.

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  • Ms. Proverbs Owings Mills, Maryland

    Good Morning Tyler. Happy Valentine's Day to You! Enjoy Life to its Fullest Also I wanted to share my copyright Valentine's poem for Jesus too : "Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Jesus I Love You because You are You"... Tyler I hope my poem put a big (*________*)smile on your face today. Be Blessed, Ms. Proverbs

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  • Carsandra K. Indianapolis

    Dearest Tyler, There is purpose in everything. I gave my life to Jesus Christ at a very young age and I am so grateful for the love of a praying God fearing woman. I am so blessed! My grandmother brought joy and was a blessing and a gift from God.. I was 15 when she passed and even now many years later I think of her and thank The Lord our God for giving me the gift that keeps on giving. I have so many great memories and they comfort me (she gave me her best). I know the loss you describe and I pray healing for those going through and coping with the loss of a love one. I am praying for you, your family, the Houston family and those needing direction from God. God is love. Carsandra

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  • Jazzlady Monique South Florida

    Dear Tyler: I hope you're not mad at me because of the comment I made last time regarding the detective movie. I JUST read your comment about Whitney Houston. Five to seven days before she died, the LORD told me to pray for her. I was going through terrible spiritual attacks and did not know the people I was renting from were into witchcraft and some kind of satanism. I knew something was wrong and should have prayed for myself too! Thank GOD for HIS mercy and protection. I took out THE BODY GUARD and watched the movie and said a quick prayer. I did not realize that maybe, I was the only person praying for her that day and GOD had specific prayers HE wanted me to pray. I am so sorry that I did not obey HIM because maybe she would be alive today. I will pray for you and for all those who are involved in the music business that really need prayers. May the LORD GOD cover you with the Blood of Yeshua Jesus and put a hedge of protection around you in Jesus' Name. MAY HE also give you HIS wisdom and guidance in Jesus' Name. You are right...there should not have been a party downstairs after Whitney died and her body was still upstairs. As you mentioned, the screams, music and laughter must have come from satan and his demonic forces because of what they did to Whitney! We cannot allow him to continue to destroy the lives of those who are talented. We cannot allow anymore blood to be shed for him and the Illuminati. I believe that Whitney was sacrificed. There should not have been sarcophagus outside a Baptist church! It is obvious what was going on. May GOD ALMIGHTY avenge the death of Whitney Houston and bring all the guilty to repentance in the Name of the LORD GOD JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH!! GOD BLESS YOU TYLER. SHALOM. Love to you.

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  • Ms. Proverbs Owings Mills, Maryland

    Hi there Tyler, How are you doing today Sir? Hope your day is going well (*_*) I would like to inform you that there is a Tyler Perry Studios Fan Page set up on Facebook. Truly I feel this is a scam because of their statements. I know and believe that you are a man of integrity who doesn't reveals someone's pay salary per play publicly. I took the liberty to call your casting office to share with them as well. Ok Enjoy the rest of your day! Blessings! Ms. Proverbs

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  • Simone Seattle

    Goodmorning! I hope you woke up this morning and every morning dancing like David danced. Have a great day! God Bless You.

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  • Simone Seattle

    S((((Big Long Hug)))) You and Whitney's family are thought of and prayed for --not only on hard days like today but always! Remember all the ways they encouraged, strenghtened and taught you. As time passes the happy memories will be what last and then on days like this you'll think of them and smile with happy tears of thanksgiving for having the moments you had and some I miss you so tearsbut I'll see you again. I just sent my son a text hug and I'm sending you one too with all the prayer and comfort of a mother's arms. God is able. Jesus is real. And prayer works! Take heart...I pray for you as a mother would her own only child (the precious). God Bless You. Sorry to hear of your saddness but glad that you feel, care and live! I would want my son to know that he is loved and that I'm very proud of him. But most of all I'd want him to have a very close relationship with Jesus so that he would have all he needs to get him through this life in my absences. You have all of that. I bet your mom smiles when see looks down on you from heaven. Be Happy! Pray always! God is good all the time...even in the hard things. ((((Hug))))

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  • Katrina L. Richards Illinois

    Hello; Mr. Perry I am glad you were there to give the Houstons support. Sometimes It only takes a special individual or a special friend to be there in a time of need. You needed comfort just as well. May god continue to bless all of you. take care of your self. I still enjoy your creations of characters, especially Ma'dea and the Browns. Luv all of U!!!

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  • Mary T. Praying

    I hear you and feel you Tyler. How about being in a crowd and turning the noise off. I know my life is filled with so much noise. People ask me if I'm ever bored my answer is no. Never a dull moment. I know this time is not easy for you being your mothers birthday. I get the feeling she was the only one who really understood you. On a human level, you knew she loved you unconditionally. Not to forget how close you where. You shared her pain, enjoyed her laugh and wiped her tears. Tyler you done your mother PROUD. And when she knew you was going to be okay. You became this strong man of God shes being praying for Her work down here was done. Now you must continue to carry out the gift God gave her (Jesus) Pure True Love. If God would let me I would tell your mother thank you for training Tyler up in the Lord and for being a strong black woman who didn't give up. And pressing towards the mark when times got hard. And most importantly Trusting God through it all. Tyler you have so much to Rejoice in, and again I say Rejoice. You are doing an Awesome Job!!!!! There are very few extra ordinary people who are truly pure with their love, and how they treat you. From the sounds of it and from what I see in you, Your mother is one of those extra ordinary people. And yes pray for everyone. don't ever be bias when it comes to prayer. we all need it every min, sec, hour, and day. Don't forget to Pray everyday. If you say you're bored Pray for someone. Bless you Tyler love you.

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  • Bea Joyner

    Well said, we all need prayer and praying for others helps us too.

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  • Caroline Kangwa Johnson City, TN

    Tyler, you are an amazing guy! I am originally from Zambia, but now living in the States as a permanent resident. I am amazed at how you remain grounded despite your fame and prosperity. You have compassion for people and I hear your heart all the way here. Those who have you as a friend are immensely blessed. Whitney's family is blessed to have you for a friend. My prayer is that you remain an example of what it means to be humane, caring and kind. The world needs people who genuinely care, take time to say, " I am here." "you are my brother." "you are my sister" "It takes a village to raise a child." May the good Lord grant you strength to remain true to eternal values. Caroline

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  • Fee fee Armington, tx

    They don't have to endure anything! They are rich and they can take their millions and move around. Whitney was known as the voice. It's funny, she could hardly talk during her last days. It was her fault. Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all. I wonder why she never learned that. How can jesus be your lord and the holy spirit in you and you live a depressed life? The holy spirit nor jesus are depressed. I just don't understand! If the business is that bad, quit! Most celebrities are full of ego and pride and will never let it go because they want fame! I'm sure she was sweet. Everybody has a story. It's time to let it go. Should the people downstairs be sad because of whitneys choices? No!!! They were laughing and having a good time because they chose to. Maybe they were not fans. i remember a fan asking whitney for her autograph and she nearly cussed her out! How rude! Even her mom said she was mean. If you go down big country, don't expect me to just because I support doe of your work. It don't work like that. Whitney could care less about those people laughing and having a good time. She was a great singer. I will pray for the family. I pray you make peace with your mothers death. You always make everything about you and what you are going through and how you feel. Stop being selfish. If you are going to write about whitney, then write about whitney. I love you big country. Sorry for typos. Rip whitney houston! Any other crack addict would not be honored. Money and fame makes a difference. Whitney made choices that affected the loves of others. I'm a huge fan of whitney. I'm upset. I was rooting for her. She wasn't rooting for herself!

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    • Fee fee Arlington, tx #1797508

      Another thing tyler, when we let go and stop fighting, worrying, being sad, blessings come. Not the kind that bring money, the kind that bring peace. My grandfathers bday is tomorrow too he died 12/3/2008, I forgot about tomorrow actually. Since I remember now, I will celebrate. I miss him too, but he told me that he did not want us crying for him. Your mom wants you to be happy. When you accept what is and let go you'll see what you need to see. Right now you are so Wrapped in your pain, you don't notice anything else. Peace be with you tyler. You got happiness and love around you! Open your eyes. We can't get them back! They are gone! Focus on what you have left. Your mom is in a better place. I know you miss her. Open ur eyes, take your focus off your pain and sadness and feel love all around you tyler! It's easy to I've from your wealth. Try giving from your heart. Mylife is not what I want, I accept it. I appreciate it. I'm not fighting to change it when I do I get depressed and mess up , let go and let god tyler. I'm done. Hear my heart.

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  • Brenda Dayton, Ohio 45417

    I am still praying for you, Tyler! God Bless! If your ever in Dayton ,Ohio, I want to invite you to my church, Rehobeth Ministries. You will be uplifted in the spirit, my pastor and T.D Jakes are very similar! I say this because I feel a sadness for you in my heart and I don't know why, seeing that I have never met you. Even if you never come, please always remember that God hears your cry and he knows your mind, he comforts you when you think your alone and nobody understands. May God bless your soul always. Sincerely, Brenda Pope.

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