Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs is canceling his annual New Year’s Eve party in Florida due to concern for rising coronavirus rates.
Diddy, 52, had planned a large celebration on Friday evening in Miami with 500 guests on the invite list, a source told TMZ, but called it off amid rising COVID-19 numbers due to the omicron variant in Florida and nationwide.
Florida on Saturday reported a record 32,850 daily new cases of COVID-19, according to the AP.
The latest: Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, 52, is canceling his annual New Year’s Eve party in Florida due to concern for rising coronavirus rates. The musical artist was snapped in LA in 2020
Diddy had previously canceled the party last New Year’s Eve because of the virus, prior to the widespread availability of vaccinations.
In 2019, he held a New Year’s Eve bash at Miami’s Story Nightclub that boasted a starry guest list including DJ Khaled, Winnie Harlow, Fat Joe, Meek Mill and DaBaby.
The rap icon has focused his energy on multiple philanthropic efforts throughout the pandemic to help those in need.
Last December at an event in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood, he handed out $50 bills to people in the crowd, while other organizations gave out $50 gift cards to Publix supermarket and bags of essential items, according to the AP.
Last December in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood, Diddy handed out $50 bills to people in the crowd at a holiday event
The rap icon has focused his energy on multiple philanthropic efforts throughout the pandemic to help those in need
Diddy, through his Sean Combs Foundation, was also involved in December of 2020 in an effort to help 175 families with rental expenses, in a partnership with the group Teens Exercising Extraordinary Success (TEES) and businessman Michael Gardner.
In April of 2020 at the outset of the pandemic, Diddy presided over The Team Love Dance-A-Thon, an Instagram live fundraising event that raised more than $3.4 million to help the nonprofit organizations Team Love and Direct Relief provide humanitarian help to those impacted by coronavirus. Among the celebs that participated in the event included Drake, Jennifer Lopez and LeBron James, among others.
Diddy has also sought to help minority small business owners during the pandemic with Our Fair Share, an online program from his company Combs Enterprises.
‘COVID-19 is devastating our communities and without access to stimulus funding we risk losing critical businesses that create jobs and help build opportunities and wealth in our communities,’ he said in an April 2020 news release. ‘I created Our Fair Share to help entrepreneurs play on an even playing field and give them a chance to survive with the hope to thrive.’