Diddy — born Sean Combs, and formerly known as Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, and Puffy — has changed his name yet again!
This week on Instagram, the founder of Bad Boy Records revealed he has legally changed his middle name from “John” to “Love”!
On Monday, the rapper posted a photo of his Florida driver’s license, declaring, “IT’S OFFICIAL!!! WELCOME TO THE LOVE ERA.”
“Look what I just got in the mail today...” he added.
After some social media users had doubts about Diddy’s moniker switch, he then posted a pic of a legal document confirming his name change.
“Imma need y’all to take me seriously on this one!!!” he wrote.
Diddy first petitioned for the name change in 2019 after filing paperwork in Los Angeles.
Back in November 2017, Diddy shocked the world when he announced he wanted to change his name to “Love aka Brother Love.”
“Hey, what’s up, y’all? I have some very, very serious news,” he said in a Twitter video at the time. “I’ve been praying on this, and I decided — I know it’s risky, it could come off as corny to some people, like yo — I decided to change my name again.”
“I’m just not who I am before. I’m something different. So my new name is Love, aka Brother Love. I will not be answering to Puffy, Diddy, Puff Daddy, or any of my other monikers but Love or Brother Love, OK? It’s my birthday, I feel good. God is the greatest, I give all the glory, and I thank my momma and daddy.”
However, two days later, Diddy said he was just joking and said people could call him by any of his well-known stage names.
“Due to the overwhelming response to the media out there, and just to not wanting there to be any confusion, I was only joking. I didn’t change my name,” he said on Instagram. “It was just part of one of my alter egos, and one of my alter egos is Love.”
“To set the record straight, because I have a lot of press to do in the next couple weeks, 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 playing.”
Turns out, Diddy wasn’t kidding and went through with the name change after all.
Congratulations to Sean Love Combs on your personal milestone!