Sean “Diddy” Comb and his children Quincy, Justin, Christian, Chance, D’Lila and Jessie cover Essence’s 49th anniversary issue in a stunning and beautiful Black spread.He has opened up on life after his ex-Kim Porter, the mother of 3 of his 5 biological children who died in 2018.
In celebration of the magazine’s 49th anniversary, the entertainment mogul opens his heart to award-winning writer and filmmaker dream hampton to share his last moments with Porter, the inner-workings of their incredible love story and how they plan to honor her legacy of love as a united family
Model Kim Porter passed away,November 15, 2018, sending shock waves throughout the global hip-hop community and leaving Sean “Diddy” Combs without his soul mate, and four children without their beloved mother.
“Three days before she passed, she wasn’t feeling well,” Combs explains. “She had the flu, and she sent the kids over to my house so they wouldn’t get sick.”
“One night I was checking on her, and she was like, ‘Puffy, take care of my babies.’ She actually said that to me before she died. According to him, those words stuck with him on the morning of Nov. 15 after news broke that Porter had been found dead at her home in Toluca Lake, California.
The celebrity father tells Essence. “I sent people in every direction to try to make sure the kids would not hear about it on social media or the news. I had to get to the girls’ school and find Quincy, who was on set in Atlanta. Christian was on a plane, and I had his phone disconnected so he wouldn’t read it in the air,” Combs explains to the outlet.
Diddy also revealed that he went into “mommy mode” after Porter’s death, a role that he wasn’t used to because Porter always assumed the child-rearing duties
“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. 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.”
Combs and Porter shared three kids together, son Christian, 21, and twin daughters Jessie James, 12, and D’Lila, 12. Combs also helped raise Porter’s son Quincy, 27, from a previous relationship.