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Diddy Opens Up About His Drug Dealer Father

by launching his new Revolt TV network, Diddy has announced on Twitter that he’s posted a two-minute video to speak about his late father, Melvin Combs, for the first time.

“I’ve never spoken openly about my father ..but launching @Revolttv moved me to share and let ppl kno the truth,” he tweeted.

In the clip, titled “Confessions,” the mogul gets candid about his dad, who was shot and killed at 33. “They say you can’t miss something you never had, but that’s only a little ways right, ” Diddy says. “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.”

Diddy revealed that his father’s hustler mentality has helped make him the man he is today. “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,” he shares.

Seeming to hold back tears, he goes on to add, “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.”

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