CANDID: P Diddy
MUSIC MOGUL P Diddy has opened up about the murder of his father, who was shot dead while sitting in his car in New York City at the age of 33.
Melvin Combs, a known associate of convicted drug dealer Frank Lucas, was killed when the Loving You No More hit-maker was just three-years-old, but Diddy admits his father's death had a significant affect on him.
"My father was killed when I was 3 yrs old, we never got to share the moments that made me a man today..but he lives in my spirit..now I'm ready to tell the story YOUTUBE.COM/REVOLTTV #MelvinsSon,' Diddy posted on Twitter, with a link to his new music television project, Revolt TV.
In the intimate video titled Confessions, the 43-year-old sits down in his New York City apartment to talk about the father he barely knew yet still managed to shape him.
"They say you can't miss something you never had, but that's only a little ways right. There's definitely been times as I've gotten older that I've missed my father - his presence - not being here... There's things that you would ask your father. There's also things that you would celebrate with him that would make him proud," he said.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: A young P Diddy with Melvin Combs
Referring to Melvin as a 'hustler', Diddy, a father-of five himself and successful businessman, cites his father's shortcomings as the inspiration to really make something of his own life.
"My father was a hustler. He was a drug dealer and he was a hustler, so I learned early in life that there's only two ways out of that dead-end jail. It made me work even harder.
"Sometimes you can't just answer why things happen, but I definitely think the route that I went on - staying out of the streets and hitting my books and trying to be somebody - I think he played a role in that," he says.
"I have his hustler's mentality, his hustler's spirit, his drive, his determination, his swag," he joked.
"He's gonna be on my mind a lot today. My father's name was Melvin Combs and I'm Melvin's son, Sean Combs."