SEAN 'P DIDDY' COMBS is looking forward to treating himself for his 35th birthday today (04NOV04) - by catching up on his sleep.

Later on tonight, the rap mogul will host a lavish party, dubbed the ROYAL BIRTHDAY BALl, with guests such as Mariah Carey, Vivica A Fox, Spike Lee, SARAH JESSICA PARKER, Chris Rock and Stevie Wonder expected to make their way to New York restaurant Cipriani's.

But Combs admits the real treat will be when the party's over and he climbs into his bed.

He says, "I wanna be able to lay down.

"In this one year, I've run a marathon, I did Broadway, signed on for a movie to do Carlito's Way: THE BEGINNING, won men's designer of the year, opened up a store on Fifth Avenue, got the youth vote out - and now it's my birthday.

"It's been a great year but it's been hard work. I'm gonna lay down for a week, watch TV, eat a turkey sandwich... (and) watch old reruns of GOOD TIMES."

04/11/2004 09:17