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Tyler Perry recently admitted he became heavily dependent on alcohol when his mother died four months ago and had some presidential help in kicking the habit.

In a recent sit down with Essence, the “Madea’s Witness Protection” director spoke candidly about how he used drink to ease the pain until a visit from President Barack Obama helped him face up to his problem.

“I’m doing a lot better now since I stopped drinking about four months ago when my mother died,” Tyler told the magazine.

“When she got sick in 2009 I started drinking every night because I couldn’t sleep — every night up to a couple of months ago. I never had a problem but I certainly was on way to having one.”

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“I’d have me a nice big glass of Hennessy and I would sleep through the night. It was President Obama’s visit to my studio, I don’t know what happened there, but when he came everything became clear.”

“I just kind of came out of a haze. It was like, ‘Wake up, kid. You know life is still going on. I know you miss her, I know you care but wake up. Life is still going on.’”

“I swear the day after he left was the day I just said I am going to sleep without it.”

Kudos to you Tyler! Our President is such an influential figure, he even helps you kick your alcohol addiction.


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