Hip Hop Royalty: A Look Back At Kim Porter And Diddy’s Rollercoaster 13-Year Relationship

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27:   arrives the 77th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on February 27, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

Hip Hop Royalty: A Look Back At Kim Porter And Diddy’s Rollercoaster 13-Year Relationship

The model tragically passed away at age 47.

Published November 15, 2018

Former model and actress Kim Porter passed away on Thursday (Nov. 15) at the age of 47.

While she made a name for herself ripping the runway and serving major 'lewks' during the '90's, the proud mom of four's on-again off-again relationship with music mogul, Diddy, kept her in the headlines as one of hip-hop's earliest #couplegoals. 

Here's a look back on their relationship through the years:

  1. Diddy reminisced on meeting Kim Porter when he worked as an A&R exec at Uptown Records, during a December 2006 chat with "ESSENCE."
    Kim Porter and Sean Puffy Combs (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
    (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

    "The first time I saw her, she was at the studio with her ex-boyfriend (singer Al B. Sure, the father of Porter’s oldest child, Quincy) I wasn’t trying to holler at her or anything, but I was admiring her—her lips, her eyes, her mouth, her shape, her energy—and thinking, ‘I wish I had a girl like that,'" he explained.

  2. He followed up with details on what set Kim Porter apart from the rest.
    PARIS- JULY 08: Sean Combs and Kim Porter at the Versace show at the Theatre National de Chaillot at the Trocadero in Paris,France on the 8th of July 2002.(Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
    (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)

    "She wasn’t like a New York girl. She was Bohemian, mixed with Georgia-peach hospitality. I got the idea she’d like doing stuff like walking barefoot in the grass. I didn’t think I could get her to like me.She was smooth, you know, like ice.  She’s cool and collected and thinks before she speaks. You meet a lot of young ladies, and they just don’t do that. Kim was never pressed; she was always in control."

  3. Despite Diddy's initial interest, they didn't begin dating until 1994.
    P. Diddy arriving with Kim Porter arriving at the Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Guy Oseary 2002 MTV Video Music Awards post-party at Cipriani  in New York City.  August 29, 2002. Photo by Evan Agostini/ImageDirect
    (Photo by Evan Agostini/ImageDirect)

    "It just didn’t feel right without her. I’m talking about from a strip club to playing poker, she would be there. The girl could even throw a football."

  4. Their relationship took a turn after Porter got pregnant with their son, Christian, in 1997. Diddy soon began dating Jennifer Lopez from 1998 to 2000, but Kim Porter remained unfazed by the media circus.
    Kim Porter and Sean "Diddy" Combs in Nice, France. (Photo by Stuart Morton/WireImage)
    (Photo by Stuart Morton/WireImage)

    "That relationship wasn’t real... The world just saw the bright lights and the camera. But I knew what was really going on. He was still in love with me... He was calling fifty, sixty times a day. Sometimes I wouldn’t even talk to him because I was so angry. I couldn’t be ‘nice Kim.’ I had to be, you know, that bitch. Like, this is not going down.”

  5. Things intensified with Porter kicking Diddy out of the home they shared together.
    Kim Porter And Sean"P.Diddy" Combs during Hollywood Takes A Bite Out of The Big Apple as Guy Oseary and Playstation2 Celebrate The 2003 VMAs - Arrivals at The Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
    (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

    "I told him someone’s got to go, and it isn’t going to be me and these kids."

  6. Despite reuniting and welcoming twin daughters in 2006, Porter spilled the deets on their final breakup in an interview with "ESSENCE."
    EAST HAMPTON, NY - SEPTEMBER 02:  Host Sean "Diddy" Combs and Kim Porter with their twin daughters D'Lila Star Combs and Jessie James Combs pictured at "The Real White Party" presented by Sean "Diddy" Combs at the Combs' East Hampton estate on September 2, 2007 in East Hampton, New York.  (Photo by Mat Szwajkos/CP/Getty Images for CP)
    (Photo by Mat Szwajkos/CP/Getty Images for CP)

    "There was no other way. You think he would have let me walk out the door? He wouldn’t have wanted me to go. I wanted to be dramatic. I wanted him to know I wasn’t breaking up with him for two weeks-or maybe leaving for two days. If I pack up everything – twins and all- it means I’m out," she said.

  7. Porter opened up about learning that Diddy fathered a daughter named Chance, with another woman, Sarah Chapman, months before the arrival of their twin daughters in December 2006.
    NEW YORK - JULY 25:  (***EXCLUSIVE***)  Sean (P.Diddy) Combs (L) and his girlfriend Kim Porter walk in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan July 25, 2003 in New York City.  (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
    (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)

    "He told me that he may have gotten himself into a situation and he may have fathered another child outside the relationship and I said, ‘Really? Well, I already knew. I’m glad you decided to be a man.'I was like, ‘Dude, this is so wack I can’t even respect you right now.’ And for me, once the respect is gone, I’m not even listening to you,” Porter explained.

  8. Despite their split, the duo managed to maintain a loving relationship.
    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 30: (L-R) Kim Porter, Christian Casey Combs, Quincy Brown, Sean "Diddy" Combs,
D'Lila Star Combs and Jessie James Combs attend "The Holiday Calendar" Special Screening Los Angeles at NETFLIX Icon Building on October 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix)
    (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix)

    "Sean and I have this bond, this friendship. It’s not about ‘if you’re faithful to me, if I’m being faithful to you.’ We’re friends. I’m the person he can tell his inner most thoughts to and he’s that person for me. He still calls me everyday and we talk. There’s no ill feeling or ‘I can’t stand you, I hate you, don’t call.’ There’s none of that. We have three children together so that’s just not an option. We’re committed to our children even if we couldn’t commit to each other."

  9. Their relationship remained on the up and up until the very end. Diddy gave Kim Porter a special shout out on what turned out to be her final birthday.
  10. One of Porter's final Instagram posts was a tribute to Diddy and their blended family.
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Written by BET Staff

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