Kim Porter and Sean Combs met in the early nineties and were together on and off. She passed away at the age of 47.
Some couples are able to keep their strong bond intact even when there are challenges. Their relationship may not be a romantic one but they are so understanding of each other that they stay friends for life. So, when one partner is faced with the other's loss, they can feel quite lost.
Sean "Diddy" Combs and Kim Porter, who was the mother of three of his children, were together on and off for many decades until her untimely death at the age of 47. Porter and Diddy have 13-year-old twin daughters and a 22-year-old son. The music mogul considered Porter his soul mate even though they were not together when she passed away.
Porter died on the morning of November 15, 2018, one month before her 48th birthday, of pneumonia. The model from Columbus, Georgia, went to New York City in the early nineties and started working part-time at Uptown Records. Diddy saw her there and developed a crush. When Diddy, who likes to be addressed as Puff, and Porter fell in love, he knew that she was the one.
"When we got dressed up, I couldn’t believe anyone could be that beautiful in real life," Puff told Essence. "She was like a gazelle," he added.
Porter, a mother of four kids (her eldest son, Quincy Brown, was from a previous relationship) made Diddy a better man and father but unfortunately they never married, something he expressed regret about to a fan.
"When she was alive you didn’t wanna marry her," one commenter wrote. "I know. Played myself smh," Diddy replied in a screenshot captured by The Shade Room.
A day after her death, a source told People Magazine, "Diddy is devastated and shocked. He and Kim were still very close friends and co-parents even though their romantic relationship didn’t work. They were still a family." He was reportedly "struggling".
Porter, who had flu-like symptoms, had sent the kids to Diddy because she didn't want them to get sick too. Diddy revealed that her last words to him were about the children. "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," he said, according to CNN. "Every time Kim and I talked, it was about the kids," he said. "It was what she cared about the most. We'd check in as friends, of course, but we never had a conversation that didn't include the kids."
He made sure that his kids didn't learn of their mother's death through social media and went to great lengths to do that but broke his silence on November 17, 2018. "For the last three days I’ve been trying to wake up out of this nightmare. But I haven’t. I don’t know what I’m going to do without you baby. I miss you so much. Today I’m going to pay tribute to you, I’m going to try and find the words to explain our unexplainable relationship," he added. "We were more than best friends, we were more than soulmates. WE WERE SOME OTHER S—!! And I miss you so much. Super Black Love," he added.
Diddy reportedly made a promise to his kids, Christian, 22, twins D’Lila Star and Jessie James, 13 (his kids with Porter), Quincy, 29, (Porter’s son from her previous relationship with Al B) and Justin, 25, and Chance, 12 (Combs’ children with exes Misa Hylton-Brim and Sarah Chapman, respectively). He told them that he would no longer be a "part-time father."
"My family was always first, but there are countless times when I chose work over everything else," Combs 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."