Rap mogul SEAN 'P DIDDY' COMBS has expressed his gratitude to the Catholic monks who beat him when he was at school - because he believes it helped give him good discipline in his adult life.

Combs attended New York's Mount St Michael's Academy, where the brothers were very willing to physically punish him whenever he got out of line.

He says, "The brothers used to tap that a*s. It was something about private Catholic schools. You just always get your a*s beat.

"It was something that kept me definitely focused and gave me a certain discipline.

"But I would have rather had not so many butt-whippings."

06/03/2005 10:38