'Diddy in a Buggy' : Sean Combs Talks About His Summer With the Amish

Susan Jones | August 2, 2018 | 5:28am EDT
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Sean Diddy Combs appears on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on August 1, 2018. (Photo: Screen capture)

(CNSNews.com) - Music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs reminisced about his childhood experience in Pennsylvania Dutch country with Jimmy Kimmel Wednesdy night.

Combs was explaining how his daughter didn't enjoy her rustic summer camp because she didn't have a bed, when Kimmel asked him, "Did you go to camp when you were a kid?"

Combs said his mother sent him away one summer to live with an Amish family as part of the Fresh Air Fund, which takes underprivileged children out of the city -- in Combs' case, New York City.

Combs has achieved extraordinary success in his life, but he said he still remembers his Amish family in Lancaster and what a "great experience" he had living with them. He said it "helped to make me who I am."

"Wow. Do you remember the family?" Kimmel asked Combs.

"Yes, I remember the family," Combs said. "But I had no way to stay in touch with them."

Kimmel laughed -- the Amish don't use phones or electricty.

But Combs said, "I'm serious. I think about them all the time. And I'm just like, man, I wonder if they know, you know, what I grew up to be. But I don't think they did."

Kimmel asked Combs what it's like, living with an Amish family:

"It's beautiful," Combs said. "It's a chance to really kind of get away and just -- no electronics. It really teaches you how to just relate with each other."

Combs said he had chores -- milking cows (Kimmel joked about that) and picking berries. "It was a lot of chores. You know, they wake up and, you know, do their chores."

Kimmel joked that the Amish family probably needed help around the farm, and they "somehow bamboozled this charity into sending you there to work."

But Combs repeated, "It was a great experience."

He said his mother left him with the Amish family for two months.

Kimmel told Combs, "That would be great if we could get you in touch with that family."

"Wouldn't it?" said Combs. "It would be great."

Combs continued reminiscing: "I remember we used to go to church. And at the church they used to just have these lavish meals. And it really kind of taught you family...I rode around in a horse and buggy everywhere."

"You did?" an incredulous Kimmel said -- "Diddy in a buggy," he joked, noting that now Combs drives around in a Bentley.

As Kimmel joked, Combs remained more serious: "But it's one of the things that helped to make me who I am, you know, just all the different experiences of life. I truly appreciated it. Shout-out to the Fresh Air Fund."

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