Rest in peace, Love. It graced us for less than 48 precious hours, and lived its life to the fullest. The world will never be the same.
On November 4, Sean “Diddy/Puffy/Puff Daddy/P. Diddy” Combs announced that his name from here forward—or at least for the next calendar year until he changed it again—would be Love, short for Brother Love. It seemed plausible, in a news climate that can produce a story involving Taylor Swift, Nazis, and the ACLU—but sadly, this story was just a joke.
Diddy posted a new video to Instagram on Monday, and shared an important lesson: “Well ladies and gentlemen, today I’ve come to the conclusion that you cannot play around with the internet.” He then explains his reasons for clarifying the mix-up. “Due to an overwhelming response from the media, and just due to there not wanting to be any confusion... I was only joking, okay. I didn’t change my name.”
Luckily for fans who miss the old Diddy, any of his old names—including Love—are still fair game. “You can address me by any of my older names. But if you still wanna call me Love, you can call me Love, baby. But I was only playin’.”
At least Diddy can just laugh about the press taking him too seriously, instead of threatening small-fry media outlets with lawsuits. Cheers to that!