The party is over… for now.
The party, which Diddy has thrown for years, is typically a who's who of the entertainment world. Past parties have been attended by Mary J. Blige, DJ Khaled, Fat Joe, Meek Mill and more.
"TO ALL MY FRIENDS: In efforts to keep everyone safe & Healthy unfortunately WE ARE NOT HAVING A NYE PARTY THIS YEAR!" he wrote on Instagram. "I hope everyone had a blessed holiday and wish you all the best for the new year!"
Diddy's party usually takes place in Miami. As most COVID restrictions have been lifted in Florida, there is nothing preventing Diddy from holding the party. Still, the rap mogul added that he is steadfast in his decision.
"ATTENTION: THIS IS TO EVERYONE, ALL OF MY FRIENDS & FAMILY … I'M NOT CHANGING MY MIND … SEE YOU ALL IN 2021! LOVE YOU!" he added.
Many of Diddy's 17.4 million Instagram followers applauded him for canceling the always eagerly anticipated party given the current climate. Kerry Washington even commented, "Amen!" on his social media post.
It seems Diddy knows that holding a mass gathering right now would draw a tremendous amount of blowback — something other celebrities have experienced in recent months.
Last month, Rita Ora faced criticism for hosting a big 30th birthday party in England in spite of the country's lockdown orders. She later apologized. On Halloween, Kendall Jenner threw a huge celebrity-packed party in Los Angeles as COVID-19 cases climbed. She, too, faced major backlash.