In an emotional eulogy, Sean “Diddy” Combs admitted that Kim Porter, his former partner and the mother of three of his children, helped him through a recent bout of depression.
“She felt like God sent her here to to help me out,” the music mogul said in a 15-minute speech at her Saturday funeral held in her hometown of Columbus, Georgia.
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“I didn’t really understand how to… love,” he continued at a local church. “We went through some circumstances, my mother and my family, and we didn’t have a big family and [Porter] just started breaking down the exterior, any shell that I put up.”
Though he just celebrated his 49th birthday with an epic blowout, Combs admitted that he’d been struggling with depression at the beginning of the year.
“I was going through a really dark time, I don’t know why,” he told mourners at Porter’s funeral. “She would come over, and even though we wasn’t together, she was that type of person.”
Though Porter and Combs hadn’t been a couple in years, the Bad Boy Entertainment founder said the two shared an irreplaceable bond, and during his dark time, Porter would literally make him get out of bed.
“It’s hard to love somebody with you ain’t with them,” Combs admitted. “She would come over and…she was just like, ‘Come on, Puff. You gotta get up. You gotta get up out the bed. You gotta get moving. You gotta get up.'”
During his eulogy, Diddy also had a message for his children — Quincy, whom Porter had with Al B! Sure., Justin, Christian, D’Lila, Jessie, and Chance.
“I will always be there for y’all. I will always take care of you,” he vowed. “For the girls, especially, we’re about to enter a different type of times. I want y’all to be able to talk to me about everything…and I mean everything.”
After being found dead in her home on November 15, Porter was laid to rest Saturday.
Celebrities, including Usher, Mary J. Blige, Yolanda Adams, Faith Evans, Tichina Arnold, and Kimora Lee Simmons paid their respects to the beloved mother, actor, and businesswoman, according to photos shared on social media.