Know how long ago it was that Jennifer Lopez dated Diddy? He went by Puff Daddy back then. That was like 16 nicknames ago.
Nevertheless, Diddy hasn't forgotten about his former flame. The rap superstar gets personal on his new album, Press Play, with songs inspired by both girlfriend Kim Porter and J-Lo.
"It's probably my most personal record," Diddy, 35, said. "On a lot of the other records, to be honest, I didn't do a whole lot of writing. On this one, I did a lot. And I exposed myself with everybody's most sensitive subject, and that's the subject of love."
Awww, the supposedly bad boy has a soft side. That's a bit like finding out Kate Bosworth has a fat side.
Anyway, this lovelorn aspect of the performer includes his relationship with Lopez, who he dated for two years before they split in 2001.
"I used every experience," he said. "She was one of my girlfriends, and the most highly publicized one. But I've been blessed to go out with a couple of great women and she was one of the great ones."
Conversely, Nick Carter at least claims he was blessed to go out with (i.e. go to bed with) a couple easy women. But do Diddy and Lopez still talk?
"Yeah. We're ex-boyfriend and girlfriend. And that's cool. It's a positive thing. But my focus right now â€" when I'm with a woman, I'm focused on that woman."
That woman is Kim Porter, with whom he's expecting twin girls.
"The relationship that gave me the most inspiration was the relationship with Kim," Diddy said. "(It's) my most long-term relationship. It's had a lot of ups and downs, and it made for a lot of great songs."
Press Play is due in stores on Oct. 17.