Kim Porter was laid to rest on Saturday, with Sean “Diddy” Combs delivering a heartfelt goodbye at his ex-girlfriend’s funeral. During the emotional eulogy, Diddy revealed that Porter had seen him through some particularly difficult days earlier this year.
“From the top of the year, I was going through a real dark time. I was really depressed, and I don’t know why; maybe it was ’cause I was getting older. I just went through a dark, dark time. And she would come over and make sure… we wasn’t together… She was just like, ‘Come on, Puff. You gotta get up, you gotta get up out the bed. You gotta get moving,’” Diddy said in audio of the service released by TMZ.
The funeral, which was held at Cascade Hills Church in Columbus, Georgia, was attended by numerous celebrity guests such as Usher, DJ Khaled, Kimora Lee Simmons and Tichina Arnold. According to The Blast, Diddy spoke for nearly 20 minutes.
“God, I hope one day I get me a girl like that,” the rap mogul started his eulogy, describing the way he felt when he first met Porter during a recording session with Al B. Sure. “I would come into the office every day,” he said, “and she worked at the front desk, and I would be so excited to come up in the elevator. To know that I was going to see her.”
Over the years, he revealed, their relationship blossomed. But it was built on a foundation of friendship. “She was my friend first. She was my confidante. She was like my guidance, still is. I was just open,” Diddy said. “We fell in love, and honestly, her love was too much for me to handle. It was a lot to handle, to take in.”
Reportedly struggling to gain his composure, Diddy added, “We didn’t really plan for this. I definitely thought I was going to go first. God didn’t have it be that way.”
Diddy and Porter, who had an on-again, off-again relationship from 1994 to 2007, share three children: twin daughters Jessie James and D’Lila, 11, and son Christian, 20. Porter also leaves behind a 27-year-old son, Quincy, from her former marriage to Al B. Sure.
Part of Diddy’s eulogy was directed to those children, along with Diddy’s two children from previous relationships, son Justin and daughter Chance.
“I just want to say, to my kids — Justin, Christian, D’Lila, Jessie, Chance and the other man of the house, Quincy — your mother instilled in me this, that I pledge in front of everybody right now, that I will always be there for y’all,” Diddy said to the kids. “I will always take care of you. To the girls especially, we’re about to enter into some different type of times. I want y’all to be able to talk to me about everything, and I mean everything.”
Today we lay to rest our ANGEL. Her spirit lives on with us FOREVER!!! We thank you all for your prayers and support. You have no idea how much it means to us. We thank GOD for all of you. #KimPorter pic.twitter.com/OdI5hyKBeT
— Diddy (@Diddy) November 24, 2018
Before the funeral on Saturday, Diddy also tweeted a message in tribute to Porter: “Today we lay to rest our ANGEL. Her spirit lives on with us FOREVER!!! We thank you all for your prayers and support. You have no idea how much it means to us. We thank GOD for all of you.”
Although further investigation into Porter’s death is pending, it is being reported that she had been suffering from pneumonia for several weeks and had developed flu-like symptoms in the days prior to her death. She was found dead at her Los Angeles home on Nov. 15 at the age of 47. No foul play is suspected.