Is Sean 'Diddy' Combs upset that Kanye West is changing his name to Ye? That's the claim in one of the tabloids. Gossip Cop can exclusively set the record straight.
Combs has changed his name several times over his career, first going by Puff Daddy, then P. Diddy and now just Diddy. Last month, West announced on Twitter that he was changing his name to Ye, writing, "The being formally known as Kanye West. I am YE." According to the National Enquirer, Combs believes the fellow rapper is stealing his thunder by switching up his moniker.
An alleged insider tells the magazine, "Most people can't tell you what Puff does for a living, but everyone knows his name and he's annoyed that Kanye is copying him. Diddy thinks he should be called Kanye Copycat." Combs, of course, is a rapper and record producer. Most people could probably tell you that, despite the tabloid's bizarre statement.
This premise is based on claims from an anonymous and untraceable "source," but Gossip Cop checked in with Combs' rep, who tells us on the record that it's "fiction." Despite what an untraceable and seemingly nonexistent "insider" claims, a spokesperson qualified to speak on the rapper's behalf assures us the story is untrue.
It's worth noting, Combs is outspoken and isn't afraid to air his grievances with his peers, including West. Just last week, Combs slammed West for meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House. The rapper, however, never said a word about West changing his name to Ye. That's because he has no issue with it.
Unfortunately, Gossip Cop isn't surprised by the Enquirer's bogus report. This isn't the first time we've had to call out the magazine for making up an absurd story about West. Last year, Gossip Cop busted the outlet for falsely claiming that West was having his own Oval Office built inside his home. That didn't happen. The report was seemingly manufactured because of the rapper's admiration for Trump.
Meanwhile, Gossip Cop has also had to debunk stories about West being competitive with other rappers. Last year, we busted HollywoodLife for wrongly reporting that West was furious he didn't make Forbes' list of the five richest rappers. Interestingly enough, the person who topped the list in 2017 was Combs. Of course, the list was based on financial statistics and not the magazine's opinion, so the storyline made zero sense. This latest one involving West's name change is similarly false.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.