Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner. Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe. Puffy and J.Lo?
Rap mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs says his relationship with singer-actress Jennifer Lopez has some of the torrid, timeless qualities of those classic celebrity love affairs.
"... I'm Frank, you know what I'm saying?" Combs says in the June issue of Vanity Fair magazine. "Frank's gonna always love Ava and Ava's gonna always love Frank and everybody's just gotta deal with it."
Combs, 31, and Lopez, 30, broke up on Valentine's Day after two years in the spotlight. Now, he says the two remain "good friends."
"She'll always be someone that I love. All she's gotta do is think she doesn't even need to pick up the phone and I'll be able to feel her," he says.
"Even in her darkest hour, if she's in a building and there's a fire and somebody's gotta run in and there's a 99 percent, 100 percent chance that they'll die, I'll run in there after her."
Even though they'd split up, Lopez says she stuck by Combs during his weapons and bribery trial in connection with a December 1999 nightclub shooting, in which a jury acquitted him in March.
"I just tried to be there for him," she says. "I tried to stay positive, even when I didn't feel positive. And I was always a phone call away."Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times