Who was Kim Porter? The Life and Legacy of Diddy’s Ex and Mother of His Children

Kim Porter, who shared four children with rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs, was a significant figure in his life and a notable presence in the entertainment industry.

Born in Columbus, Georgia, on December 15, 1970, Porter moved to Atlanta after graduating high school in 1988 to pursue a modelling career. She expanded her career to acting, appearing in films such as The Brothers (2001) and The System Within (2006).

Porter’s relationship with Diddy began in the 1990s when he was rising in the hip-hop scene. Prior to meeting Diddy, Porter was already a mother to Quincy Brown, whom she welcomed in 1991 with producer Al B. Sure!.

Kim's children Quincy, Christian and twin daughters D’Lila & Jessie. Credit: Instagram
Kim’s children Quincy, Christian and twin daughters D’Lila & Jessie. Credit: Instagram

Diddy became a father figure to Quincy when he started dating Porter in 1994. The couple welcomed their first child together, Christian Combs, in 1998 but split a year later, leading to a custody battle. They reconciled in 2003 and had twin daughters, D’Lila Star and Jessie James, in 2006, before separating for good in 2007.

Porter began dating Diddy in the 1990s. Credit: Getty
Porter began dating Diddy in the 1990s. Credit: Getty

Tragically, Porter passed away on November 15, 2018, at 47 years old.

An autopsy revealed she died of lobar pneumonia.

Diddy expressed his profound grief in a heartfelt Instagram post, stating, “I don’t know what I’m going to do without you baby. I miss you so much. We were more than best friends, we were more than soulmates. WE WERE SOME OTHER S—!! And I miss you so much. Super Black Love 🖤.”

Porter’s life was marked by both her professional achievements and her personal trials.

Her relationship with Diddy had its share of public ups and downs, including a split caused by Diddy’s affair with Jennifer Lopez and a later reconciliation.

Despite their final breakup in 2007, they remained committed co-parents.

Porter’s legacy lives on through her children. Brown, her son, has pursued a career in acting and singing, and has taken on a protective role for his younger sisters.

He once told People magazine, “I’m my mum’s son, so therefore there’s so much life for me to expand on off of her life. And that journey hasn’t even started yet, which is the best part about it.”

Porter was remembered fondly by family and friends at her funeral in Columbus, Georgia, where acclaimed pastor T.D. Jakes officiated the service.

Her impact on those who knew her and her contributions to the entertainment industry continue to be celebrated.

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