Tyler Perry's girlfriend Gelila Bekele gives birth to baby boy Aman; Perry is thankful to God for becoming a father

Tyler Perry(Photo: Facebook/Tyler Perry)

Tyler Perry and his girlfriend Gelila Bekele have welcomed the arrival of their baby boy over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Aman Tyler Perry is their first child together and came into the world on Sunday. 

A source told Us Weekly that the couple were "completely excited" and "really looking forward to their first holiday with their son".

Hollywood producer Perry, 45, is a controversial character for Christians because while he shares the faith, he and Bekele are not married. 

Perry has previously said his faith is "extremely important" to him" and that he would not be working successfully in Hollywood "had I not been a person of faith". 

The If Loving You Is Wrong creator announced he and Bekele, 28, were expecting during his 45th birthday party in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 22. 

He later let slip the gender in an interview with ExtraTV.  In the interview, he also said that the greatest gift in his life at this time was his son and the opportunity to give him everything he never had as a child.

"This beautiful human being that God has allowed to come into my life for me to get to know, because they come with their own personalities, who they are, to shepherd and usher him," he said.  

Perry has made a name for himself in the comedy genre and displayed his sense of humour on his Twitter page in recent days, when he shared a picture of himself about to place a turkey in the oven with the caption "I'm giving thanks in all things, even if this doesn't turn out so good... lol. Happy Thanksgiving. May God bless you this holiday season."

In a post last Friday, he shared a picture of the name sign of the bank teller who served him, who happened to be called Jesus.