Diddy, Son’s Scholarship Drama: Singer Says He Isn’t Bothered by the Controversy
Last year, Diddy‘s son, Justin, received a full $54,000 athletic scholarship to play football at University of California, Los Angeles, but some people didn’t take the news as reason to celebrate.
Noting that Diddy is a multi-millionaire (with a net worth of $580 million), some critics argued that the school shouldn’t be covering Justin’s education and that the money should go to a student who’s more in need. Last June, when the complaints were reported, the school defended Justin’s full scholarship and Justin himself responded to the issue on his Twitter page.
“Regardless what circumstances are, I put that work in!!!! PERIOD,” one tweet read. “Regardless of what you do in life every1 is gonna have their own opinion. Stay focused, keep that tunnel vision & never 4get why u started.”
In a new interview with E! News, Diddy said that the controversy over the scholarship didn’t bother his family.
“I wasn’t annoyed at all,” he said. “I kind of welcomed it, because if he’s going to be doing what he’s doing, if he’s going to be in the city of L.A., he has to be able to handle the pressure. I thought it was a great learning tool for him to be humble, handle it and go out there and prove himself on the field and prove himself at school.”
Diddy also shared that his family is working on creating their own financial aid program to help students in the future.
“We’ll be announcing our overall scholarship fund, so at the end of the day, it all works out for everybody,” he explained.
Justin attended Iona Prep in New Rochelle, N.Y., where he played cornerback and quarterback for the football team and reportedly graduated with a 3.75 GPA.
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