Tyrese Gibson Buys His Mom A House To Celebrate Her Sobriety

By Kelly Burch 10/18/17

Gibson said that although his childhood was painful, buying the house was a way of showing his mother forgiveness.

Tyrese Gibson

The Fast and the Furious star Tyrese Gibson helped his mother celebrate 11 years of sobriety in an epic way: surprising her with a five-bedroom house. However, the singer and actor didn’t shy away from addressing the turmoil that his mother’s addiction had caused in his life. 

“She was an alcoholic for 27 years substance abuse KILLED my childhood,” Gibson wrote in a caption under an Instagram video that showed him standing outside the home, waiting for his mom to arrive. “I couldn’t wait to grow up and move out been living on my own since I was 17.”

According to the New York Daily News, Gibson’s mother Priscilla raised him and three older siblings on her own in South Los Angeles. Gibson said that though his childhood was painful, buying the house was a way of showing that he forgave his mother for the harm that her addiction caused. He surprised her with her gift on October 11, the day she celebrated 11 years of sobriety.

“If there's an award in heaven for forgiveness, having compassion towards those who have broke your heart and let you down over and over and over again...... I hope God doesn't skip over me,” he wrote. 

In another video posted to Instagram, Gibson prayed, thanking God for helping his mother overcome addiction and helping him to heal from the trauma of it. 

“In my heart of hearts I came to you vulnerable and humble asking you to remove all memories and levels of resentment and anger that I was carrying for 27 years of alcohol abuse from my mother,” he said.

In the videos, Gibson explained that his mother had just received her 11-year chip, and that he wanted to “to celebrate her and the victories God’s favor that he has extended over her life.”

He said that he worked for his fame and wealth in order to change people’s lives, like he was about to change his mom’s. 

“This is the reason why we work as hard as we do,” he said. “It’s not about what’s in your bank account. It’s about what you’re doing to make a difference in other people’s lives from the heart.” 

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