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    Biography of Sean 'Diddy' Combs: name evolution, court cases, 6 kids and net worth

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    Get to know American rapper Sean Love Combs, Diddy, in a detailed biography that highlights traumatic loss of his dad, dropping out of Howard University, rising from an intern to record label owner and more.

    Diddy, born Sean John Combs on November 4, 1969, in Harlem, New York, is a multi-faceted entrepreneur, record producer, and rapper known for his significant influence on the music industry, particularly in hip-hop and R&B.

    Despite his Harlem roots, Diddy grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. His family was deeply affected by tragedy early in Diddy’s life when his father was murdered, at the time he was just a toddler.

    Combs has no publicly known siblings.

    He attended a Catholic prep school and later enrolled at the historically black research university in Washington, D.C, Howard University, but left after two years to pursue a music career.

    READ: Diddy’s Los Angeles and Miami mansions raided by federal officials

    Why did Diddy change his name?

    Throughout his career, Combs has adopted various monikers, including Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, and simply Diddy, each marking different phases of his career and ventures. Most recently, legally adopting “Love” as his middle name.

    Diddy and Kim Porter at a new year’s eve celebration in 1994.Nitro/Getty Images

    Puff Daddy, Diddy’s first stage name, has a rather unassuming origin story. Unlike some stage names meticulously crafted for impact, Puff Daddy comes from a childhood nickname: “Puff”.

    According to Sean Combs himself, he earned the nickname “Puff” as a kid because he would “huff and puff” when he got angry. This childhood nickname eventually evolved into Puff Daddy, the name that launched his music career in the late 90s.

    He gained fame and success under this moniker, especially with the release of his debut album ‘No Way Out’ in 1997.

    From Puff Daddy to P.Diddy

    In 2001, he changed his stage name from Puff Daddy to P. Diddy, possibly seeking a fresh image after facing legal troubles related to gun possession and bribery.

    Diddy's success story can be attributed to his vast investment in different sectors apart from entertainment
    Diddy’s success story can be attributed to his vast investment in different sectors apart from entertainment

    In 2005, he dropped the “P”, suggesting the additional initial created a barrier between him and his fans. “Diddy” felt more personal and accessible.

    It’s important to note that “Diddy” remains his preferred stage name, though he has acknowledged “Puff Daddy” holds significance for his early career. There have also been trademark issues surrounding the name “Diddy” in the UK, adding another layer to the name evolution.

    Diddy and the origin of Sean Love Combs

    In November 2017, via his birthday, Diddy announced that he would be adopting a new name, “Love” or “Brother Love”. He expressed that this change was inspired by his evolution as a person and his desire to reflect a more positive and loving persona.

    Jay-Z and Diddy in 2019.Getty/Kevin Mazur
    Jay-Z and Diddy in 2019.Getty/Kevin Mazur

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    Combs mentioned that he felt the new name better represented his current state of being, emphasising that he was entering a phase where he was all about spreading love and positivity.

    Despite the announcement, the name “Love” has been more of a personal mantra or alter ego rather than a complete departure from his well-known stage names. He has continued to be widely recognised as Diddy in professional contexts and the media.

    From intern to mogul: Diddy’s rise in the music industry

    Combs’ career began as a talent director at Uptown Records. His hustle and business acumen were evident, and he quickly climbed the ranks.

    Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace and Sean “Diddy” Combs together on the night before Wallace was killed.Getty/Jim Smeal/Ron Galella Collection

    In 1993, he founded Bad Boy Records, a label that became synonymous with East Coast hip-hop in the 90s.Under his guidance, Bad Boy quickly became a dominant force in the industry.

    Combs’ expertise and vision helped launch the careers of iconic artists like The Notorious B.I.G., Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, Mase and Usher. He fostered a close alliance with the Notorious B.I.G., their success intertwined until B.I.G.’s tragic death in 1997.

    His knack for producing hit records and his own successful albums, such as ‘No Way Out’ (1997), have cemented his place in music history.

    Diddy’s family life and romatic relationships

    Combs is a father to six children from different relationships: Justin Combs (born in 1993), Christian Combs (1998), adopted son Quincy Combs (1991), twins D’Lila Star Combs & Jessie James Combs (2006), and Chance Combs (2006).

    In 2022, Combs was reportedly under investigation for bribery related to a college admissions scandal, though the case has not been resolved.

    Diddy, Justin Dior Combs, Chance Combs, Jessie James Combs and D'Lila Star Combs attending the MTV Video Music Awards 2023.Getty/Doug Peters
    Diddy, Justin Dior Combs, Chance Combs, Jessie James Combs and D’Lila Star Combs attending the MTV Video Music Awards 2023.Getty/Doug Peters

    His romantic interests have been widely covered in the media, including high-profile relationships with celebrities such as Kim Porter, Jennifer Lopez and Casandra ‘Cassie’ Ventura.

    Diddy’s business empire and net worth

    Combs is a shrewd businessman. He leveraged his music success to launch the highly successful Sean John clothing line in 1998, proving his brand-building prowess.

    He has also ventured into reality TV with shows like ‘Making the Band’ and invested in Ciroc vodka.

    Rapper P. Diddy, whose real name is Sean Combs, told the Washington Post in 2015 that he “always liked Donald’s style,” admired his work ethic, and that he and Trump are friends.

    Forbes listed his net worth at a cool $1 billion in 2022, but some sources suggest it may have dipped slightly since then.

    There are some discrepancies depending on the source, but Diddy’s net worth is estimated to be around $900 million as of 2023.

    Sean “Diddy” Combs is a complex figure. He is a musical innovator, a savvy entrepreneur, and a cultural icon.

    Despite recent legal entanglements, his influence on music and fashion remains undeniable. It will be interesting to see how his ever-evolving career unfolds.

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