Diddy and his children cover the May issue of Essence.
In the mag, the 49-year-old revealed what Kim told him before she died and how that defined his reaction.
“Three days before she passed, she wasn’t feeling well,” Combs explains. “She had the flu, and she sent the kids over to my house so they wouldn’t get sick.”
“One night I was checking on her, and she was like, ‘Puffy, take care of my babies.’ She actually said that to me before she died.”
Combs says those words stuck with him on the morning of Nov. 15 after news broke that Porter had been found dead at her home in Toluca Lake, California.
“I jumped into mommy mode,” Combs tells Essence. “I sent people in every direction to try to make sure the kids would not hear about it on social media or the news.”
Combs and Porter shared three kids together — son Christian, 21, and twin daughters Jessie James, 12, and D’Lila, 12. Combs also helped raise Porter’s son Quincy, 27, from a previous relationship.
Combs is also father to son Justin, 25, and daughter Chance, 13, from previous relationships.
“I had to get to the girls’ school and find Quincy, who was on set in Atlanta. Christian was on a plane, and I had his phone disconnected so he wouldn’t read it in the air,” Combs explains to the outlet.
“Every time Kim and I talked, it was about the kids. We’d check in as friends, of course, but we never had a conversation that didn’t include the kids. It was on some superhero s—. I ain’t even gonna lie. On some level, I knew she was training me for this. I knew that I had to be ready to do whatever I was supposed to do if something like this ever happened.”
Combs says “there was screaming and crying” when he heard the news, but that’s when he thought of Porter’s last few words.
“I was crying out to God — and to her — and almost immediately Kim’s voice kicked in, and I could hear her saying, ‘Make sure you take care of my babies,’” Combs tells Essence.
Since her death, Combs says he’s a lot more involved with his family because he knows that’s something Porter would want.
You can read Diddy’s full interview here.