Did Diddy drop Cassie?
Diddy says he didn't. Contrary to all the rumors on the urban-music blogs that started sprouting last week saying that singer/model Cassie had been released from Bad Boy Records, the multimillionaire mogul told MTV News on Wednesday that he's not minus one Bad Girl.
"Cassie's definitely not dropped from Bad Boy," Sean Combs said on the L.A. set of a video for his next Press Play single, "Through the Pain" (see "Diddy Shows Off New Stuff From Yung Joc — And Himself, Of Course — At NYC Event"). "She's in the studio [working on her next album]. So many people are excited to be working with her. ... She was just in the studio with Kanye West. She's going to be doing some stuff with Pharrell. People really understand that she does have some talent and it takes some time to mold it. Everybody's not perfect. I think she had some rough shows, just being nervous. Sometimes people have to break out of that."
Diddy stood up for the Bad Boy princess last summer when she had some less-than-stellar performances (see "Diddy Brushes Off Cassie's Rocky Week: 'I'm Going To Be With Her Until She Gets It Right' "), and it sounds like he's still sticking by her side.
"When you're a label, you have to be with people through good times and bad times," Diddy said. "But she's out of that now. She went over to Europe with me and killed the MTV Europe Music Awards. She has her swagger on."
In addition to recording her next LP on Diddy's label, Cassie is also one of the new spokesmodels for the Sean John women's collection, along with "ATL" actress Lauren London. "It'll be out in the next four weeks," Diddy said of the line.
"Through the Pain" was the first of two videos Combs shot this week. On Thursday (June 21) he goes in front of the camera for "Diddy Rock."