*Sean Combs is ready to ditch the “Diddy” from his stage name, as several reports claim the rapper/mogul filed a petition to change his legal name from Sean John Combs to Sean Love Combs.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Combs has legally filed a name change petition in the Los Angeles County Courts. As noted by Complex, this isn’t the first time Diddy has expressed interest in adding “love” to his name. Back in 2017, he wanted to change his stage name to Brother Love or just Love.
“I know it’s risky,” he said in a social media video. “It could come off as corny to some people. 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.”
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I decided to change my name again!
— Diddy (@Diddy) November 4, 2017
After his announcement, WWE manager and personality Bruce Pritchard, whose stage name is “Brother Love”, called out Combs on Twitter, “Yo. Find a new gimmick. I invented and perfected Brother Love. I am the original and you are not. Remember North Carolina,” he wrote.
Days after his name change announcement, Diddy had a change of heart.
“I’ve come to the conclusion that you cannot play around with the internet,” he said. “Due to an overwhelming response from the media out there, and due there not wanting to be any confusion, I was only joking. Okay? I didn’t change my name.”
Today, I’ve come to the conclusion that you CANNOT play around with the internet. pic.twitter.com/ANXouExGhA
— Diddy (@Diddy) November 7, 2017
In the recently filed court documents, Combs reveals his “desire to change middle name.”
He previously explained that Love is his alter ego. “It’s just part of one of my alter egos,” Diddy said. “One of my alter egos is Love.”
Once the petition is accepted, Combs’ legal team must publish it in a newspaper, and as long as nobody objects to his name change, he will officially become Sean Love Combs.
During the earlier years of his career in the 90’s, Combs went from “Puff Daddy” to “Sean John” to “Puffy” to “P. Diddy” finally settling on “Diddy” in 2005.
Yo. Find a new gimmick. I invented and perfected Brother Love. I am the original and you are not. Remember North Carolina.
— Bruce Prichard (@bruceprichard) November 4, 2017