Best Celebrity Father's Day 2021 Messages: Mariah Carey, Tyler Perry, Tyra Banks and More

Celebrities have been marking Father's Day 2021 by digging up throwback photos, sharing fond memories, and revealing the often complex dynamics of their childhood.

Below, Newsweek highlights some of the most interesting social media posts, adding the context and spotting the hidden references.

Mariah Carey

Happy Father's Day, Alfred Roy Carey ❤️ "Shining like a sunflower up in the sky." 🌻

Carey's parents divorced when she was a toddler, with the future R&B star spending most weekends with her father.

She has spoken fondly of their relationship in the past and wrote about the influence he had on her in her book, The Meaning of Mariah Carey.

"My father craved discipline, culture, and freedom, so he joined the military—a logical choice for a man who'd had no say over the time or skin into which he was born," she wrote. "My father took surgical care with everything he did."

Following his death, Carey wrote and recorded the song "Sunflowers for Alfred Roy" in tribute to him. When he was in the hospital with cancer, sunflowers were the only flowers he could tolerate because of his allergies.

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Tyler Perry

"To every father who realizes that time is flying!!! Happy Father's Day"

Actor, director, producer, screenwriter... and father. Tyler Perry's Father's Day message included a nod to his close friend, Meghan Markle.

Posting a short video on Facebook, the director included a strategically placed copy of the duchess' first children's book The Bench.

Prince Harry and Meghan stayed at one of Perry's homes when they first moved to relocate from Canada to California.

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Prince William and Kate

This Father's Day tribute noticeably did not feature Meghan.

A picture collage shared by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's official Twitter account featured Kate's father, Prince William's father, Prince Charles. It also showed Queen Elizabeth II with her husband, the late Prince Philip, and seven of their great-grandchildren.

Wishing fathers everywhere a happy Father’s Day

— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) June 20, 2021

David Ortiz

My father.... I can say so many thing about you pop that l will never end but in a day like today all l want to say is thank you....

Former Major League Baseball star Ortiz left a poignant picture message for his own father and dads across the world.

In a post written in both English and Spanish, the Dominican-American thanked his dad "for being there for me since the day l was born" and helping shape him into the man he is today.

"...happy Father's Day to you and to all those fathers that take their time and sacrifice so much to be like my dad..."

Ortiz would famously look up and point skyward when he crossed the plate after hitting a home run. The gesture was a tribute to his mother, Angela Rosa Arias, who died in a car crash in 2002. She was 46-years old.

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Kevin Hart

Happy Father's Day fellas....Have a beautiful & blessed day

At first glance, not the most interesting of Father's Day posts. But look beyond the superficial Facebook post and you can watch the comedian speak about the importance of fatherhood, during a preview of his Red Table with actor Will Smith.

"What makes a good father?" Smith asks. Hart replies: "Being different to mine."

He goes on to say: "When your child shows disappointment you don't realize the impact that your mistakes can truly have."

Jennifer Weiner

I know he had demons and difficulties and diseases. It's still a hard thing, having a father who leaves. So I try to remember what was good about him, and that he loved me, even if it wasn't perfect, even if it wasn't forever. I had a father who loved me, and that is so much more than so many people get.

The author was a teenager when her father abandoned the family, but in a moving Facebook post, the In Her Shoes writer detailed her relationship with him.

She described him as a "wonderful, hands-on" father when she was a young child, however, he also had years when he was none of the good things and all of the bad." He died of a crack cocaine overdose in 2008.

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Tyra Banks

Ain't nothing like Daddy's love. Happy Father's Day, Daddy! 💛

The 47-year-old supermodel shared a photo of her with her father, Donald, a computer consultant.

TV personality Banks was photographed with her dad and her own 4-year-old son, York, at a Harlem Globetrotters basketball game in February.

David and Victoria Beckham

Now you know where I got my style from 🤔 happy Fathers day dad ( not sure about that tash ) 😂 Love you dad xx

The former soccer star turned Inter Miami FC owner teased his dad, David Sr., about how his fashion sense might or might not have inspired him to become a prominent fashion influencer.

Happy Father's Day to the most amazing dad! This pic was taken while on tour with the Spice Girls! Happy Father's Day!! I love you so much x kisses

Meanwhile, the other half of the power couple shared this photo of herself and her father taken during her original Spice Girls days.