NYC’s own mega-mogul Diddy looking to make a splash in Hollywood, is holed up at Cannes Film festival in France on this $30 million dollar yacht. Check out the pics and article below:
Naomi Campbell has partied here. So too have Lindsay Lohan, Mike Tyson, Billy Zane, Nelly and fashion designer Roberto Cavalli.
In fact, anyone who’s anyone has danced on the decks of P Diddy’s lavish £33million yacht, The Maraya, which is currently moored in Cannes.
And now here I am, too. I can scarcely believe my luck!
The king of bling himself has exclusively invited the Mirror onboard for a personal guided tour of the brand new 54ft yacht he’s chartered.
Eager for a nose around to see how the jet-set live, I arrive a tad early for my host, who I find surrounded by fussing flunkies.
One is holding a mirror in front of his face, another is brushing his already perfectly-preened hair.
“That’s enough, thanks,” says the rapper, nodding them away before welcoming me with a smile that shows off his brilliant white gnashers.
P Diddy looks immaculate – you’d never guess that he’s only had four hours sleep. Last night he hosted his star-studded Daylight To Daybreak party on the top deck, which turned into a 12-hour bender.
He sinks into a butter-soft cream leather sofa and flashes another wide smile. I needn’t have worried about how to break the ice when faced with a multi-millionaire music mogul – the mere fact that I’m a Brit does that.
“I can’t wait to come back to the UK,” says Diddy, 38, warmly. “I have such a great time there. I want to do another tour there soon. Last time Snoop wasn’t allowed in the UK, but I’m rooting for him to make that happen.”
Just as we start to chat, we’re interrupted by his team of assistants. It seems some gifts have arrived from uber-posh shop Hermes – 15 bags of them. So Diddy has a nonchalant look over them as his staff carefully arrange them on the lower deck.
It shows just how far he has come from his humble Harlem roots. Today he’s a multi-platinum-selling artist and producer, who’s launched the careers of Lil’ Kim and the late Notorious B.I.G, through Bad Boy Records.
He recently got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, boasts a successful Sean John clothing line, the Unforgivable Black fragrance range, a reality TV show Making The Band and his own Ciroc vodka.
But for just one symbol of his incredible success you need look no further than The Maraya.
This extravagant yacht – which took three years to build and was finished just eight weeks ago – is wall-to-wall luxury.
It is kept, er, shipshape by a 10-man crew. The top deck boasts a stage and huge projector screen above the main party floor which has an ’80s-style bar at the back.
To protect the thick cream carpets, guests are asked to remove their stilettos or trainers and go barefoot.
On each tier, Diddy keeps a private quarter closed off by sliding doors.
When his select guests step inside, electric blue lights beam on to greet them.
I peek at his bed – emperor size, of course, and strewn with initialled pillows.
And in the corners of the pristine bathrooms there are piles of fluffy white towels.
The living room is both plush and warm. The walls are adorned with mirrors, giant jars of dried apricots line the mantelpieces, books about Africa lay on the tables and soft cushions are scattered on the sofas.
The crew will make chocolate chip cookies on demand and issue pashmina blankets if Diddy’s guests feel the slightest chill. My host even has a personalised cream and brown one, which he wore at the close of his Daylight To Daybreak do.
He clearly loves luxury. But it isn’t all about money. Diddy tells me: “I’d like to do something with Madonna in Malawi. I see what she does and I think it’s fantastic. I’d love to help any way I can.”
He also has his sights set on working with X Factor winner, Leona Lewis.
“I want that girl on my next album,” he says. “I’m a huge fan. Not only is she so, so beautiful, she has a great voice. She is extremely talented, and it’s great she’s from England.
“She has one of the best voices I’ve heard. I’m already thinking about my next album and definitely want to make it work, so she’s on it. I had Christina Aguilera on my last album, but it’s all about Leona Lewis on my next.”
Hackney lass Leona is just one of Diddy’s favourite Brits – another being football hero David Beckham.
The pair became pally following the former England captain’s £128million move to LA Galaxy.
Earlier this month, the Mirror revealed how Becks had to miss Diddy’s Hollywood Walk of Fame bash because of training, so he sent his mate a recorded video message which was played on the night.
“What a stylish guy,” says Diddy, his voice full of admiration. “I’d love to do a fashion range with David Beckham. He’s a good friend and is very kind. Us two together doing business would be amazing.
“I heard he is doing a shoe range with Snoop. That’s cool, but I would love to do fashion with David. I already have a fragrance and clothing line, but I’d love my next project to include him. Perhaps we could collaborate to do something for charity.”
Another homegrown talent that gets him all fired up is F1 ace Lewis Hamilton. “Lewis is the man!” he says.
“A true hero. He is going to teach me how to race, can you believe it? It’s some thing I’ve always wanted to do, I can’t wait. I love cars. Honestly, if I was up against him I don’t know who would win.
We’ll see. I checked him out at the Grand Prix.”
Sadly, his amazing success hasn’t translated into his personal life so much.
Although he has five children, he has never married – not that he is ever short of female company. Earlier this year he was seen partying into the early hours with Sienna Miller, and he has been linked to a string of beautiful women, including Eddie Murphy’s ex Tracey Edmonds. But he says: “Tracey and I are just good friends. We spent time together, but there were 40 people in the room!”
There’s no doubt that women love him – one over-amorous fan even made a grab at him while he boarded his yacht.
Diddy says: “My secret with the ladies is just to be a really nice guy, and treat them well.”
Charming and rich – what a truly irresistible combination