Men growing up without fathers, is nothing new in this country. Personally, I’ve heard countless stories of friends, boyfriends, ex’s, colleagues who have shared that they’ve grown up feeling a void because their father wasn’t in their life. Recently, both Oprah Winfrey and mega-preacher Bishop T.D. Jakes held a popular Life Class, surrounding the subject, with countless attendees present, making it clear that this is a serious issue. The same goes for media mogul, Diddy, who launched his own network, REVOLT, this week. In a candid conversation for REVOLT, the 43-year-old shares candidly missing a father figure. Peep the excerpt below.
Being that my father was killed when I was three-years-old, I don’t have a like a lot of memories from my father. They say you can’t miss something you never had, true, 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 there and having someone to ask manly advice and things you would ask your father. Also things you would celebrate with him and make him proud.
My father was a hustler. He was a drug dealer, he was a hustler. I learned early in life there was only two ways out of that, dead or in jail. It made me work even harder. Sometimes you can’t answer why things happen. But, I definitely think the route that I went on, staying out the streets and hitting my books,and trying to be somebody I think he played a role in that. I think that even if we don’t know our parents we still have their DNA in us. We have there genes and I have his hustlers mentality, hustlers spirit, drive, determination. You know, his swag. He’s gonna be on my mind a lot today. My father’s name is Melvin Combs and I am Melvin’s son, Sean Combs.
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