Actor/director Tyler Perry is gearing up for his best birthday ever - he plans to celebrate turning 40 by buying his own private island.
The star of Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail hits the landmark age on 14 September (09), and he will be treating himself to the ultimate present after realising how peaceful and productive living on a deserted island can be.
Perry, who recently enjoyed a holiday on a private island in the Bahamas' Great Exumas, says, "I'm a loner by nature, so when I'm out there on these islands, I just feel like the only person in the world."
But he is refusing to name any potential land purchases after himself, unlike his screenwork: "It won't be Tyler Perry's Island! I'm so sick of seeing Tyler Perry all over everywhere! I'll know what to call it once I'm there. It'll speak to me."
And he will have one key rule in place: "There will be no paparazzi on my island!"