Turns out Sean Combs isn’t changing his name to Brother Love after all. The mogul agitated WWE fans over the weekend when he said he would no longer respond to his other monikers, but on Monday, Diddy said it was all just a joke.
“Well, ladies and gentleman, today I’ve come to the conclusion that you cannot play around with the Internet,” Puffy said in an Instagram video Monday, Nov. 6. “Due to an overwhelming response from the media out there and just due to there not wanting to be any confusion … I was only joking, OK? I didn’t change my name. It’s just part of one of my alter egos. One of my alter egos is love.”
“You can address me by any of my older names,” he added. “But if you still want to call me Love, you can call me Love, baby, but I was only playing.”
The switch-up came after WWE fans went after Diddy for infringing on a gimmick by wrestling personality Bruce Prichard, whose televangelist-like promotions manager character had his own show, “The Brother Love Show,” beginning in the 1980s. Prichard himself wasn’t amused either, telling Diddy to “find a new gimmick.”
Diddy Before the WWE and Name Change Hoopla
Whether it was pressure from irate fans or the mocking he endured on social media isn’t known.
Puff daddy…i mean P diddy has now changed his name to…
Waiiiiit forrr iiiiit
— .LEx.PLAY. (@algametrade) November 7, 2017
Diddy changed his name to brother love wtf im gonna change mine to undertaker
— 𝓢𝓹𝓪𝓻𝓽𝓪𝓷𝓑𝓵𝓸𝓸𝓭𝓮𝓭𝓡𝓮𝓭𝓦𝓲𝓷𝓰𝓼𝓕𝓪𝓷 (@SpblR3dWingsFan) November 6, 2017
Still, Twitter users have been letting their feelings fly about Diddy’s latest update.
No he wasn’t / he got trolled because it was so stupid
— David L Williams (@snappypdx) November 7, 2017
Y’all really took Diddy serious lmaooo
— Fasito (@fasitocash) November 7, 2017
And Prichard thanked fans for fueling the change.
Thank you everyone for helping @diddy see the light! Just so you know Puffy… I love you… But that doesn't mean…
— Bruce Prichard (@bruceprichard) November 7, 2017