Sean “Diddy” Combs paid tribute to his late ex-partner Kim Porter by accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BET Awards on Sunday.
During his speech, the rapper praised several people who influenced his life, including his mother Janice Combs, Uptown Records founder Andre Harrell and Bobby Brown.
He also candidly revealed how much he still misses Kim, the mother of three of his children, after she died aged 47 in November 2018.
“I miss Kim, y’all,” Diddy said. “I know we all go through grief and things like that in this life, you know, stay connected to God and he’ll bring you out. It’s not – we don’t control that. But I miss Kim so much and I I just want to say thank you to Kim.”
Diddy had an on-and-off relationship with Kim for 13 years before splitting in 2007. They remained close until his passing.
The 52-year-old also paid tribute to his ex-girlfriend Cassie Ventura, whom he dated between 2007 and 2018, thanking the people who were “really there” for him when he was in “a dark place for some years”. He said, “And also Cassie, for holding me back in dark times, my love.”
Diddy concluded his speech by announcing his intention to donate $1million (£816,000) to Howard University, which he briefly attended in the 80s, and Deion Sanders, the head coach American football at Jackson State University.
“I want to donate a million dollars to Howard University,” he told the crowd. “Plus, I’m going to drop another million dollars on Deion Sanders and Jackson State, because we should be playing for us. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, I love you all – peace.”
Kanye West and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmond paid tribute to Diddy before he received the award.