Rap mogul Sean Combs missed out on a love match with a leading Hollywood star - because she knew the romance would be a disaster.
Diddy has revealed he seriously courted the unnamed movie actress and they even enjoyed secret dates together - but she made it clear from the start that a relationship between to two stars was a very bad idea.
The rapper comes clean about the tryst in the new issue of Playboy magazine, hinting he was besotted with the woman.
He recalls, "I liked her, so I was willing to do whatever I had to do. I told her, 'I will sneak up the side of the building to see you.' I was persistent.
"We started spending time together, but we were prisoners of our own celebrity. She took me to dinner after we got to know each other and hit me with a line that was straight out of the movies. She said, 'You know this will never work, right?' I knew she was right.
"She was so cool, the way she let me down softly, and she offered me a ride back to my hotel."
Diddy, who previously romanced Jennifer Lopez, is refusing to name names but told the publication the woman of his dreams was not actress Sienna Miller, who the rapper was romantically linked to in 2008 and 2009.
He does, however, reveal the romance would have been a big talking point: "This was going to shake up the world. It would have been a Puff (Diddy) and J.Lo situation, part two."