As Sean “Diddy" Combs mourns the death of the mother of his children, Kim Porter, the star is remembering some of her last words to him.
In an interview with Essence magazine, Combs, 49, said Porter had asked him to keep the children at his house because she wasn’t feeling well just days before her death. She thought she had the flu, 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,” Combs told the magazine.
Just three days later, Porter was found dead in her home in Toluca Lake, California. Her cause of death was lobar pneumonia, according to authorities.
Combs has three kids with Porter – Christian 21, and twin daughters Jessie James and D’Lila Star, 12. Combs is also a father-figure to Porter's son Quincy, and he has two other children from previous relationships.
Combs said he jumped into action to make sure his kids didn’t hear about their mother’s death on the news or social media.
“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 explained.
He said Porter’s death has changed his priorities and he’s spending a lot more time with his children.
While they are all still grieving, he said they’ve had a lot of support and Porter’s passing has “made us love each other more.”
“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,” Combs told the magazine. “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," he added, "and, most important, now my kids come before anything else in my life.”
Combs and Porter dated on and off for two decades but finally split for good in 2007.