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Serena Williams Dumped Bratt Ratner After He Partied with P. Diddy

Aug 12, 2005 | 7:16am EDT

Serena Williams' romance with Brett Ratner has come to an abrupt end after the director spent a week partying in New York with Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs, Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri.

The pair had been enjoying a low-key relationship for quite some time, but tennis ace Williams became increasingly frustrated with Ratner always being away from her.

So after meeting up with Ratner at April's Delray Beach, Florida, FedCup tennis match between her sister Venus and German player Els Callens, Williams inquired about what he'd been doing in the Big Apple for a week, prompting the answer, "I was hanging out with Puffy, Jay-Z and JD, Jermaine Dupri... Give me some love. Show me that you care."

After becoming agitated with the filmmaker's constant attempts at getting affection, Williams blasted, "I've been home for three weeks and I've asked you nicely and kindly not to come for [just] 24 hours. You come on Saturday and you leave on Sunday and I'm sorry but that's just not good enough for me. I'm very sorry...

"I don't wanna be [your girlfriend]. I wanna see other people... We don't have a relationship. It's too bad things didn't work out between us."

Acknowledging the presence of cameras - shooting footage for the Williams sisters' new reality show Venus & Serena: For Real - Ratner asked, "Is this the break-up episode?"

His attempts to kiss her again for a "Nick [Lachey] and Jessica [Simpson] moment" were blocked by Williams, who had at least one happy memory from that afternoon--her sister won the match.

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