Diddy And His Children Cover ESSENCE
As previously reported Diddy’s been public about his grief after his soul mate Kim passed in November from lung infection from lobar pneumonia.
Now he’s telling ESSENCE in a story written by Dream Hampton that Kim’s final words to him were; “Take care of my babies.”
“Three days before she passed, she wasn’t feeling well. She had the flu, and she sent the kids over to my house so they wouldn’t get sick,” he said. “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 Diddy, he’s doing just that.
Initially, after he heard the news, Diddy said he jumped into “mommy mode” and turned off his son Christian’s phone so he wouldn’t hear about Kim’s passing on social media. He also took extreme measures to protect the rest of his kids.
“I jumped into mommy mode. I sent people in every direction to try to make sure the kids would not hear about it on social media or the news,” said Diddy. “I had to get to the girls’ school and find Quincy, who was onset in Atlanta. Christian was on a plane, and I had his phone disconnected so he wouldn’t read it in the air. Every time Kim and I talked, it was about the kids. It was what she cared about the most.”
He now says he’s a more “present” father, something Kim urged him to be before she passed.
“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…”
Inside the mag, ALL of Diddy’s kids are featured; Quincy, Justin, Christian, Chance, D’Lila and Jessie.
Beautiful words, beautiful family.
ESSENCE’s 49th anniversary May issue hits newsstands Friday—will YOU be buying???
Photography by Dana Scruggs
Manicurist—Andrea Viera for Creative Management
Set designer—Cristina Forestieri
For Chance Combs, D’Lila Combs and Jessie Combs:
Makeup artist—Rocio De La Cruz
For Sean “Diddy” Combs:
Stylists—Marielle Bobo, Avon Dorsey, Jun Choi and Derek Roche
Groomer—Rocio De La Cruz
Take another look at Diddy x ESSENCE on the flip.