Diddy addresses Jennifer Lopez throwback photo: 'No trolling involved'


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Diddy is insisting he wasn’t trying to taunt Jennifer Lopez when he posted a throwback photo from when they dated.

The “I’ll Be Missing You” rapper addresses the headline-making photo in a new interview and says he and the “Jenny From the Block” singer are just friends.

“It wasn’t no trolling involved, that’s just my friend,” he told Vanity Fair in his new September cover story.

Born Sean Combs, the Ciroc owner made headlines in May for sharing the early-2000s photo amid her reunion with Ben Affleck.

At the time, several people in the comments took the post as a sign that Diddy was trying to swoop J.Lo out of Affleck’s buff arms.

“Go get your girl Brother Love!!!!!!” DJ Holiday commented. “She yours.”

Others couldn’t help but call out the shadiness of Diddy’s post, writing, “Stirring the pot we see!” and “Oh this is messy.”

But Diddy, who now goes by the nickname “Love,” told the publication he has no thoughts on her reignited relationship.

“And I don’t have nothing to say about her relationship or her life,” he added.

The 51-year-old “Coming Home” rapper did, however, acknowledge that the only woman who could’ve ever made him transform from perpetual bachelor to married man would’ve been the late Kim Porter, the mother of three of his six children.

“And so, you know, I had to start to deal with it when I lost Kim. ’Cause I was like, man, you had it,” he told the magazine of Porter’s 2018 death. “I’m not saying I would do any of it differently. God willing — I would have had more time.

“I look at my life as I got a second chance. I’m on my second mountain.”

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The pic, which showed Lopez and Combs holding hands, was posted back in May, when Lopez's renewed romance with Ben Affleck was heating up. Lopez and Combs dated from 1999 to 2001, and she went on to have a relationship with Affleck from 2002 to 2004.

The Vanity Fair article says that Combs described the photo as being "a throwback post from a great time in his life." The rapper, meanwhile, notes that there was "no trolling" involved in his post.

"That’s just my friend," Combs says. "And I don’t have nothing to say about her relationship or her life."

While Combs stayed mum about Lopez, he had a lot to say about his recent name change. In May, Combs announced that he'd legally changed his middle name to "Love," thus kicking off his "Love era."

The Love era is the third distinct era Combs has had throughout his career. It started with the Puff Daddy era, a time Combs describes as "this young, brash, bold hip-hop, unapologetic swagger on a million and just fearlessness and really doing it for the art and rooted, the only thing I know is hip-hop."

After hard times and personal tragedies, Combs decided to make a change in an effort to "put periods on those eras." Enter the Diddy era, which found its name thanks to the late rapper and Combs' friend, The Notorious B.I.G.

"Biggie had called me Diddy because of my bop, the way I walk, my swagger, and they got something called the diddy bop... it’s not me, it was something before me. That’s the diddy bop," Combs says. "It’s the way a brother would walk around, walk down the street."

Now, the Love era, Combs explains, is all about moving from "me to we."

"Love is a mission. I feel like that’s one of the biggest missions that will actually shift things," he says. "But besides that, we -- the world -- is different. We have the internet, we have the power, we have a culture, I have us on a five-year plan."

Part of that five-year plan involves starting a new R&B-focused label, Combs says. More important than that, though, is the positive feeling and the change he hopes the Love era can inspire, as he works on his newfound purpose of playing "a part in saving the Black race."

"It clicked in and went from me to we, that [I] was sent here not to just do those things that are kind of rooted in personal success but to be able to transfer to we, and do things that are real change and communal success," he says. "... The fun part is the frequency. The fun part [of the Love era] is the music, the beat, the style, the rhythm, the walk, the talk, the fashion, the joy, the travels, the places we have never been before."

It's an era, Combs says, that's left him the happiest he's ever been. Making it even more joyful is the fact that he gets to share it with his daughters -- D'Lila, 14, Jessie, 14, and Chance, 15 -- with whom he poses with for the magazine. Combs is also dad to sons Quincy, 30, Justin, 27, and King, 23.

"I am the happiest I’ve ever been in life," Combs says. "I laugh the most, I smile the most, I breathe the most."

Watch the video below for more on Combs' rise to icon status. 

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