He has quite the Empire of a story.
And the showrunner of Fox's smash hit musical drama, Lee Daniels, told it all on Monday at the Family Equality Council's 10th-Annual Night at the Pier event.
In an evening celebrating LBTQ families, the Precious director took to the stage to share his emotional experience becoming a father at a time when it was the last thing on his mind.
He explained that his brother being sent off to jail is what set in motion a moment that would change his life tremendously:
"He called me and said I'm having twins. But I was in a relationship at the time, I didn't want no twins, I didn't want no kids! I was in Palm Springs. I think I was on Special K at the time spinning at a White Party in a skirt."
Lee says it was his then-boyfriend — with a little help from his mother — who convinced him to take in the twins: