Combs FILE - In this June 19, 2017, file photo, Sean Combs, producer of the documentary film “Can't Stop Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story,” poses for a portrait at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. Combs announced on Nov. 4, 2017, that he was changing his nickname to Love or Brother Love. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
John attends the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Gala at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Thursday, November 09, 2017 1:00 am
Combs says new name was a joke
Sean Combs says he was only joking when he announced over the weekend that he had changed his nickname from Diddy to Love, as in Brother Love.
The rapper and producer took to Twitter and Instagram to set the record straight after he says he learned “you cannot play around with the internet.” He says Love is one of his “alter egos.” Combs' other nicknames over the years include Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy and Diddy. He now says he'll answer to any of those names and also Love.
That's the opposite of what he said in a video posted on his 48th birthday Saturday. He told fans in that message that was going by “Love, a.k.a. Brother Love” and wouldn't answer to anything else.
Vegas benefit set
The Killers and Imagine Dragons are headlining a benefit concert next month to help the victims of the shooting at an outdoor music festival in Las Vegas.
Organizers on Tuesday announced some of the performers of the Dec. 1 concert at T-Mobile Arena.
Also scheduled to participate are trio Boyz II Men, magician David Copperfield, magic duo Penn and Teller, and Cirque du Soleil performers.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday. Prices range from $75 to $125. Proceeds will benefit the Las Vegas Victims Fund.
A 64-year-old man killed 58 people and injured hundreds more on Oct. 1 after he shattered windows of his hotel suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino and unleashed withering gunfire at the Route 91 Harvest music festival below before killing himself.
John celebrates 25th year of AIDS charity
A teary and emotional Elton John celebrated the 25th anniversary of his AIDS foundation with a gala in New York City, raising about $4.4 million and telling the audience that they would end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
John's efforts to raise awareness and fight against AIDS were lauded by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and singer Aretha Franklin, who closed the event with a collection of songs.
John grew teary-eyed onstage after Jeanne White – the mother of Ryan White – spoke about how John visited her son while he was sick and helped her family financially. She called John her “guardian angel.”
Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Charlie Robinson is 72. Actor Lou Ferrigno is 66. Singer Donnie McClurkin is 58. Drummer Dee Plakas is 57. Rapper Pepa is 48. Rapper Scarface is 47. Actor Eric Dane is 45. Singer Nick Lachey is 44. Bassist Barry Knox is 40. Singer Sisqo (Dru Hill) is 39. Singer Chris Lane is 33. Actress Nikki Blonsky is 29.