49 year old Sean "Diddy" Combs is dating Lori Harvey, the 22 year old daughter of Steve Harvey. And while the couple's romance may be new - they've known each other for many years.

MTO News has confirmed that Diddy has known Lori since she was just 14 years old!!  

Diddy's ex-girlfriend Kim Porter served as a mentor to Lori, when she was a pre-teen girl. 

One of Kim's friends told MTO News, "Lori used to model and she did shows with [Kim and Diddy's] son Christian. Kim was like a mentor to Lori."

Lori, we're told, was like a member of Diddy's extended family. In fact - Lori even called Diddy's girlfriend "Mama Kim".

Diddy's girlfriend Kim tragically passed away last year, and Lori left a touching social media tribute to her "Mama Kim". 

Here's a pic of Kim Porter that Lori posted online:

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Pictures surfaced online this week showing Diddy out on a date with Lori Harvey. The two have reportedly been seeing each other for a little more than 8 months.

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Diddy, 49, and Lori Harvey, 22, were photographed enjoying a night out in New York City together this week. They both wore blue and white stripes and their coordinated outfits further fueled rumors that they’re dating. They’ve also been spotted together multiple times this year, including at a reggae music festival in March in Miami. Many fans are convinced they’re a couple, but a source close to Diddy tells HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY that things between the music mogul and the much younger beauty are not necessarily what they seem.

“Lori has been friends with the whole family for years,” says our source. “But she and Diddy have gotten a lot closer over the past six months or so, really since Kim’s (Porter) death because Lori was very close to Kim too. She was grieving too, so she was really able to be there for Diddy in his grief. She uplifts him. This has been one of the hardest times of Diddy’s life, if not the hardest, so anyone that can bring light to his life he cherishes. And Lori has a way of making him smile, she makes him happy, they’re good friends.”