Sean “P Diddy” Combs is no more. The “It’s All About the Benjamins” rapper revealed Monday that he has legally changed his name.
Diddy has gone through several professional name changes over the years, but this is the first time he’s altered his birth name.
Taking to Instagram, the Grammy winner revealed that he has changed his middle name from “John” to “Love.”
“Look what I just got in the mail today…,” the 51-year-old rapper boasted online and shared an image of his new Florida driver’s license.
“It’s official!!! Welcome to the love era,” he pronounced, writing in all capital letters.
Another image in the slideshow depicts Diddy writing variations of his stage name before drawing a heart around the word “Love.”
A followup post from the record producer depicts the official paperwork he filled out to obtain the legal name change, captioning it, “Imma need y’all to take me seriously on this one!!!”
The change of name should not come as a surprise to Diddy’s fans, as the rapper has been teasing this for nearly four years.
He first announced on Twitter on November 4, 2017 that he was considering calling himself “Brother Love.”
“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, okay,” he said in the video, but later walked back on committing to the idea a few days later.
Then, in 2019, it was confirmed via TMZ that Diddy filed a petition in Los Angeles County Superior Court to go ahead with the middle name change.
As for what his “Love” music era is all about… we’ll just have to wait and see!
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