“It was always something that’s bugged me,” Combs admits to Zane Lowe on Apple Music. “Because especially when you’re younger, you’re like, ‘Man, I just got a horrible genetic dice roll on this thing.’ You start to realize that almost even more when you’re older and it’s like, not that I don’t pig out because I do pig out. I’m not trying to say it’s not my fault, because it is in a lot of ways. But also, I got to this point where I’m like, I’d really love to trim down. And it’s so hard for me to do that. Not from the execution standpoint. I know what to do and how to do it.”
Although Combs knows exactly what he needs to do to get down to a healthy wait, the 32-year-old acknowledges that having a food addiction is unlike any other addiction, because it’s something that can’t be avoided.
“Let’s say you’re a cocaine addict, and you quit cocaine,” Combs says. “Food is the only drug that you are addicted to that you have to have to live. I don’t need a cigarette to be alive. But I need food to be alive … It’s like, you would literally die without food. And so that’s what makes it such a difficult thing.”
Now that Combs is responsible for his son as well as himself, the singer-songwriter knows being healthy needs to remain his top priority, so he can be around the father he wants to be.
“But now this having a kid thing has really messed my head up on this thing in the best way,” Combs concedes. “I want to be around. I’m fine right now. My cholesterol, my blood pressure, it’s fine because I’m a younger guy. But by the time I’m 45, it’s not gonna be because of the shape that I’m in.
“Plus I also realize, I want my thing to continually become better overall,” he continues. “The show, the songs, everything, and I feel like sometimes, I don’t want people to think of me in this way, where it’s like, ‘This guy doesn’t care about himself’ … It’s something that I’ve definitely struggled with, but it’s also something that I just am also really comfortable in my own skin as well.”
Combs recently announced that he would not raise ticket prices, as many artists are doing, due to the rising gas prices all over the country.
“It’s going to cost me a lot, but all I wanted to do is make a living doing music,” Combs tells Billboard. “And I make enough money to not have to worry about anything and be really comfortable, so I don’t ever want to get greedy. It’s more competitive out there than it’s ever been, so it’s two-fold for me: I get to go, ‘Hey fans, I love you. I’m not going to gouge you,’ and it’s about a full room, it’s not about making money. I didn’t get into it to be Jeff Bezos and be the richest guy in the world.”
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