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"I must pay attention to how I want to be perceived" [RealVideo]
"I love them and appreciate them" - Puffy on his fans [RealVideo]
IN THIS FEATURE:

Sean Combs...
Jennifer Lopez
"she's somebody I'll always love"
"we'll meet again"
his children and the trial
"you couldn't escape from it"
what happened that night
"it was on and poppin'"
"I have to have true fans"
"I ain't untouchable"
the most touching fan gesture
Watch...
"Let's Get It" G-Dep feat. P. Diddy and Black Rob [RealVideo]
MTV News report [RealVideo]
Puffy statement following verdict [RealVideo]
"It's All About The Benjamins" [RealVideo]
"Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" [RealVideo]
"I'll Be Missing You" [RealVideo]
"Been Around The World" [RealVideo]
"Come With Me" [RealVideo]
Listen...
"Can't Believe It" Faith Evans feat. Carl Thomas and Shyne [RealAudio]
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Sway: You had a lot of supporters outside the courthouse every single day. Tell me why are fans so important to P. Diddy and his career.

Combs: Fans made me. The fans gave me a chance, and they made me. Beyond that, my career has been trials and tribulations and ups and downs, so I have to have true fans riding with me. People [who] weather the storm, ride with me through the dark times and the sunlight times, the up times and down times — I appreciate them for that. When you are down on the ground and somebody is extending their hand to you, it just gives you hope. Usually when you are going through something real bad, ain't nobody there. I had fans there, and it made me feel so good.

There were fans that were outside [the courthouse] the whole time. When the verdict came down, it was just packed with press and fans, and they [kept] the fans real separate. They did not let them be close, because they did not know who was in the crowd, for security purposes. When I was leaving, I had to go and hug them all. I just saw it in their faces that they were happy; they were as happy as me. I saw men with tears in their eyes. I just wanted them to know that I am approachable. I ain't untouchable. I am blessed and fortunate, and I am grateful to be here. This is not [me saying] "I got over another one." This really shook me up. See, people that really cared, I just wanted to dive on them. I wanted to let them know that they are really appreciated.

Sway: What was the most memorable thing that a fan has done for you in your career?

Combs: I have been blessed with some of the best fans. I have had fans make me the big picture collages of the photo books; I have had fans send me birthday cakes [and] sing to me on my voicemail. I have had fans flash me. I have had older fans give me their bras and underwear onstage. I think the biggest thing is fans praying for me — sincere prayers during hard times. Beautiful letters of words of support. Fans making tapes of them doing songs, and fans crying. The most touching thing is fans crying. That really bugs me out. You'll be like, "Please, don't do that, it makes [me] feel so uncomfortable right now," but it just feels so good and makes you cry. I have had some of the greatest fans.




Sean "Puffy" Combs speaks, pt. I



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