Today, Sean "Diddy" Combs is a hip-hop entrepreneur with a value of $ 825 million. But in the early 1990s, he was just an intern at Uptown Records, pleading with Kim Porter, an aspiring model and a New York City label receptionist, for a date.
"[Combs] I was very determined. If he wanted something, he never let go until he got it, "said Porter's friend Jessica Rosenblum.
"It took a long time," she added of the courtship. "[Porter] It was fresh like a cucumber. "
Finally, their charm offensive worked: they both had three children together and went off intermittently for more than a decade. But on November 15, he lost her forever when her 47-year-old daughter died at her home in Los Angeles.
"We were more than best friends, we were more than twin souls" Combs tweeted after Porter's death, and added that he missed her "so much".
Sources say Porter had been battling pneumonia, and a 911 call described it as a cardiac arrest. A spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner and medical examiner said Thursday that an autopsy was inconclusive pending further investigation.
Combs was born in Harlem and raised in the bush. Vernon, while Porter grew up in Georgia before moving to New York City to pursue a modeling career. When they met, "Kim was the superstar on the block," said Kenny Burns, a former senior vice president of brand development for Combs Enterprises. Porter modeled for brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Revlon.
He surrendered to Combs when he saw how he was with his son Quincy, who was born in 1991 and was the father of R & B singer Al B. Claro.
"I think she saw the best of [Combs]"Burns said." Kim was the person that. . . Let him know that he could be everything he could be. "
Combs went from intern to executive. In 1993 he founded Bad Boy Records, which was successful with Notorious B.I.G. next year.
"They were a very dynamic couple," said Hilfiger of Combs and Porter. "They were the couple & It's time."
Rosenblum recalls that the tycoon asked for help to plan luxurious parties and special surprises for Porter. "It would have to be exaggerated and there would be roses," he said.
"Kim and I were going to dinner and she had a new and crazy gem, and it was not an occasion, it was only he who was bathing her."
Combs adopted Quincy, who became an older brother in 1998 when Porter and Combs had their son Christian.
But two weeks after Christian's birth, Combs was caught having sex with a "long-legged stunner," which was not Porter, on a Florida beach, according to Page Six.
It was a blow to Porter, who had granted an interview to Notorious magazine that indicated that the couple planned to be hooked but that they were not in a hurry. To complicate matters, there were rumors that Combs' romance with Jennifer Lopez was in the making. In 1999, Porter and Combs left him, and continued dating J.Lo for two years.
In 2001, Porter took Combs to court to increase his child support for Christian from $ 6,800 to $ 35,000 per month.
Despite their battles and public humiliations, the two met in 2003. In 2006, Porter was pregnant with two twin daughters, D & # 39; Lila Star and Jessie James, when she later told Essence, she discovered that Combs had also I made another woman pregnant. Surprisingly, Porter did not confront him. However, after the twins were born, Combs confessed, revealing that in July of 2006 she had had a daughter, Chance, with Sarah Chapman, one of her longtime companions.
Combs exposing the truth was the last straw for Porter. However, they were still friends.
"Nothing is easy with Sean Combs," Burns said. "But she always did it with those kids."
"She was the anchor for everyone," said one friend, adding that Porter always included Chance and Justin. [Comb’s son, born in 1993 to his high-school sweetheart, Misa Hylton-Brim] in whatever they were doing their children "She treated them as if they were his."
And the other women in Combs' life, from Hylton-Brim and Chapman to his girlfriend Cassie Ventura, respected Porter, according to Burns.
"She was always treated like the matriarch she was," Burns said. "The [was] in the middle of his relationship with Cassie, but when we went on vacation to St. Barths and we were on a yacht, Kim was there. "He also gave her the keys to her Malibu rental when he was not there, according to Rosenblum.
Burns said that Combs will undoubtedly be lost without Porter in his life.
"She was the calm in the chaos," he said. "The [belief] in our circle it was that she was with whom she was destined to be. There was no doubt in everyone's mind that they would be together again at some point in life. "
Additional reports by Kirsten Fleming