By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Danity Kane may be back but without their mentor and the man who discovered them, Sean "Diddy" Combs. The girl group was put together by Diddy on the music talent search MTV's "Making The Band" but they seem to be forging out on their own.
TMZ reports that four members of the original five: Aubrey O'Day, Dawn Richard, Shannon Bex and Aundrea Fimbres were seen lunching with a new manager in LA. TMZ shares that a reunion record and tour are slated to arrive.
TMZ asked the girls if Diddy was involved this time around and their response, "Who's that?", seems to indicate that the Bad Boy honcho is not involved at all.
In 2008, the group, known for songs like "Damaged," was dismantled with Aubrey and D. Woods being fired. "I would rather be hated every damn day of my life for being real than loved for being something I'm not," O'Day told Sway on the special that aired at the time. Diddy seemingly fired Aubrey for her diva attitude. "Check this out, baby girl," Diddy said. "See, your attitude is gonna have you in a dark and lonely place. ... What you need to do, at the end of the day, is humble yourself.
In 2009 the remainder of the group was gone too. "It changes [our situation] completely," Dawn said to MTV News then. "We have fans out there who love Danity Kane. We love Danity Kane. It's hard. We're sitting here trying to make sense of it now. It's hard. We're put in this position that we didn't ask to be in and we're being told to fix it."
Members Dawn and Aubrey have continued to stay in the spotlight. Recently, Aubrey appeared on "Celebrity Apprentice" while Dawn has continually pursued music as part of Dirty Money and on her own.