Sean John Combs is born in a public housing project in Harlem, New York to Janice, a model and teaching assistant, and Melvin Combs, a suspected drug dealer.
He attends Mount Saint Michael Academy and plays football, earning the nickname “Puff” as a child because of the way he would “huff and puff” when angry.
When Combs is only three years old his father, Melvin, is fatally gunned down after a failed drug deal due to being mistaken as a police informant. He is killed in his car in Central Park by a former friend and associate. Melvin Combs is a known friend to convicted New York drug dealer Frank Lucas.
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.
Carter graduates from throwing house parties to promoting rap concerts. While promoting a Notorious B.I.G. show in Philadelphia — where Biggie Smalls is a no-show — Carter gets talking to Combs, who had signed B.I.G to his label:
We were having a conversation and I said to Puff, ‘Well, tell me about what you do.’ And he told me, and I said, ‘I want to come work with you.’ ‘Well, your first job is to get me that girl behind the bar.’ And I went and got him that girl from behind the bar, introduced him. So I started interning for Bad Boy.
Carter spends a year and a half with Puff Daddy, taking the Greyhound bus to New York three days a week.
Puff Daddy wins the Grammy for Best Rap Album for No Way Out.
Lopez and Combs break up. Combs released a statement on Valentine’s Day about the split. The couple dated for 18 months.
Mr. Combs confirmed that he and his love, Jennifer Lopez, have in fact broken up. Mr. Combs is confirming this today as he wanted to put all the rumors surrounding their relationship to rest. At this difficult time we ask that you respect his privacy.
Lee, Nelly, and Combs wins the Grammy for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for Shake Ya Tailfeather.
Combs talks to Winfrey for O Magazine about his career goals and dreams.
I want to have a cultural impact. I want to be an inspiration, to show people what can be done. I’ve always been a daydreamer. When the other kids were playing, I was listening to the roar at Yankee Stadium I was always attracted to the roar of the crowd. I wanted to know: What would make somebody roar like that? I was always looking at the hustle and bustle of people working. I wanted to work.
Combs gives interview to Elle about if losing his father at the age of three.
A couple years ago, my psychologist came to the conclusion that this is one of the big problems I have as far as maturing in a relationship. After my father got killed, my mother said, “I’m never getting married again. I don’t want men around my children.” So I’ve never actually been able to witness a husband and wife’s love. Sometimes when I see it with my friends, I just find myself staring like a child, because I’ve never actually seen it before. It’s one of the sad parts of my life.
Hall interviewed Combs on The Arsenio Hall Show. They talk about the type of products Hall suggests he market to show his marketing genius and they also drink vodka together. Combs disagrees with Hall’s marketing advice.
We got a good thing going Arsenio. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. We don’t wanna hard sell. We want to keep it classy. At the end of the day we just on this black glamour, man, and it’s smooth and it’s tasteful and we need to dress up sometimes and take your lady out, take her dancing
They talk about his memory of his father and how he got upset for the first time recently as he thinks about his father.
The way he dressed, his whole charisma, his style, his swag and so I celebrate him you know, it’s in my genes. He had a hustler’s spirit. It’s just a blessing and that’s why it’s so important to me with my six kids to make sure that they know that I’m there for them.
Combs buys 17,000 square feet of living space in a two-story main house in Los Feliz, LA. The house, designed by Lloyd Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright’s son, is Mayan inspired with a 35-seat theater, a gym and a wine room. There’s a 3,000-square-foot guesthouse. The 1.3-acre property includes a lagoon-style swimming pool with a grotto and an underwater swimming tunnel.