Diddy opens up about the death of soul mate

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NEW YORK — Sean Diddy Combs has opened up about life af­ter the sud­den death of his soul mate, for­mer girl­friend Kim Porter.

The mu­sic mogul posed with his six chil­dren on the cover of Essence magazine’s 49th an­niver­sary May is­sue. In ex­cerpts posted on­line, Combs of­fered his grat­i­tude for the out­pour­ing of love af­ter Porter’s pass­ing on Nov. 15, 2018 from com­pli­ca­tions from pneu­mo­nia.

Porter is the mother of three of his chil­dren, 21-year-old Chris­tian and 12-year-old twin girls Jesse and D’Lila. Combs told the magazine he has learned to be a more at­ten­tive fa­ther in the af­ter­math of his grief.

“Be­fore this, I was a part-time fa­ther, you know? My fam­ily was al­ways first, but there are count­less times when I chose work over ev­ery­thing else,” he said. “But ev­ery day I can hear her telling me to go and spend some time with the kids and make sure everybody’s all right, like she would do. I’m just a lot more present, and, most im­por­tant, now my kids come be­fore any­thing else in my life.”

Three days be­fore she died, ac­cord­ing to Combs, she was sick with the flu and “sent the kids over to my house so they wouldn’t get sick.” He re­called one night, when he went to check on her, “she was like, ‘Puffy, take care of my ba­bies.’ She ac­tu­ally said that to me be­fore she died.

He said he went into “mommy mode” af­ter Porter’s death, trying des­per­ately to make sure the kids wouldn’t hear about it on­line or on the news.

“Ev­ery time Kim and I talked, it was about the kids,” Combs said. “It was what she cared about the most.

The magazine hits newsstands on Fri­day.

AP FILE PHOTO

In this 2005 file photo Sean P. Diddy Combs ar­rives with Kim Porter for the 77th Acad­emy Awards in Los An­ge­les.

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