Diddy is the cover star of Essence's Mother's Day issue. In the interview, he spoke on what it was like to suddenly be a single father. The mogul shared how his family is dealing in the wake of the death of his long-time partner Kim Porter.
First, Diddy offered a glimpse into how it felt to learn that Porter had passed away.
"She was unforgettable. That day turned my world upside down. Three days before she passed, she wasn’t feeling well. She had the flu, and she sent the kids over to my house so they wouldn’t get sick," 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."
Diddy said that his parenting instinct has gone into overdrive, telling the magazine that he feels compelled to spend more time with his children now that Porter is gone.
"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," he 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."
Diddy recently expressed regret over never marrying Porter, sharing advice with his followers.
"I was scared," he wrote on Instagram. "I wasn't ready and that's it. I'm ready now, but it's too late. Don't be like me."