As we approach the fifth anniversary of Kim Porter‘s passing, Diddy (aka Sean Combs) is opening up about how his late longtime partner continues to inspire his artistry.
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Diddy Acknowledges Kim Porter’s Influence On His Work
During a sit-down with Entertainment Tonight, Diddy acknowledged turning heartbreak into hits, joking, “I can’t make a hit record unless my heart is broken.”
He went on to note that, after losing Kim, he sought to transform his hurt into “something positive.”
“I always said that I can’t make a hit record unless my heart is broken. It’s just like a vulnerable state that you’re in and so, when I lost Kim, it broke my heart forever. I just wanted to turn it into something positive, you know what I’m saying?”
Combs was sure to add that he’s “always” been sure to keep Porter in mind while creating, though he explicitly paid tribute to her in a 7-minute track — “Kim Porter” — included on his new The Love Album: Off The Grid album. He explained that memories of “sitting by the phone” and waiting for her call inspired the track.
“I was thinking about before there was the internet and how long I would wait [after] she would break up with me, she would just go completely off the grid. There was no way to track your girlfriend or nothing. I was sitting by the phone and calling her mother. Her mother’s like, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about, Sean. I don’t know where she’s at.’ But she [was] probably right there.”
Diddy added, “So, I got on [with] Babyface and John Legend. I told them this story and Babyface wrote, ‘Six days seven nights waiting for your sound,’ and that’s the way I love.”
NYC Mayor Eric Adams Presented The Rapper With The Key To The City
In addition to dishing on how Kim Porter continues to inspire him, we should note that Diddy recently enjoyed a huge honor by receiving the coveted Key to New York City.
The development came on Friday (Sept. 15), and video from the event shows Mayor Eric Adams declaring, “The bad boy of entertainment is getting the Key to the City from the bad boy of politics.” Oh-kay, now, Mr. Adams!
While accepting the honor, Diddy thanked his supporters and acknowledged the joy he felt.
“I want to thank you all for this honor and just recognizing me being from New York [by] giving me the Key to the City.”
Following the event at Times Square, Diddy paraded through the streets while showing off the Key to the City.
Check out footage of Diddy receiving the honor down below.