He dressed in skin-licking glitter, surrounded himself with stunning performers, and fiercely challenged the pop industry to acknowledge masturbation and gender identity long before it did. And his personal life was no less colorful. Prince was married twice, and had a son who tragically died at just one week old. And according to their tributes, he was as well-loved by his partners as he was by his adoring, now devastated, music fans.
Not every woman was spellbound by the lothario's captivating demeanor; Sinead O'Connor revealed her first and only meeting with the star, who wrote Nothing Compares 2 U, ended in punches. However, of the women he did date, almost all of them reflected on their relationships with gushing tributes, many saying he was the love of their lives. The two dated for a few years and appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone in , with Vanity finding success in the film and music worlds even after the two split.
See more of the latest news and updates on Prince as he dies suddenly aged 57 Protege: Prince and Vanity on a Rolling Stone cover right. They dated for a few years, during which Prince renamed her Vanity, instead of Denise Matthews. This year, he paid tribute to their love after she died History: Vanity, like many of Prince's lovers, would later write in her autobiography that he was the only man she ever truly loved.
She tragically died of renal failure in February of this year. Vanity, like Prince, was year-old at the time of her death. Prince paid tribute to Vanity during a concert in Australia shortly after he death, where he performed songs in her honor while also highlighting the hits he wrote while the two were together, including his classic 'Little Red Corvette.
Appollonia and Prince parted ways in but she managed to stay in the spotlight with a role on the soap Falcon Crest and in the release of an eponymous album. The two tied the night in but in announced that their marriage was over.
It is not clear when Apollonia's relationship with Prince began or ended as he was dating another one of the stars of Purple Rain during the making of the film, Susan Moonsie. She was a talented singer and songwriter in her own right, and after the two split she went on to work with singers including Madonna and dated John Cusack - just as Prince went on to date Madonna. Melvoin also got some songs written in her honor during her time with Prince, including 'Nothing Compares 2 U,' the haunting ballad which was later performed by Sinead O'Connor and earned Prince a Song of the Year Grammy nomination.
E Also in the Prince relationship mix during the s was singer and drummer Sheila E, with the pair getting close after meeting in which led to Prince working and recording with Sheila on a variety of projects, including Purple Rain.
She was the most successful of the singer's protegees, going on to find her own success with songs like The Glamorous Life which was released in and earned her a Best New Artist Grammy nomination.
Sheila, who continues to work in the music industry, wrote on Twitter Thursday; 'My heart is broken. There are no words. E first got close after meeting in which led to Prince working and recording with Sheila on a variety of projects, including Purple Rain Sheila, who continues to work in the music industry, wrote on Twitter Thursday; 'My heart is broken.
She allegedly left him after meeting Sean Penn, who she went on to marry later that year. On Thursday, Madonna shared a photo of her with Prince, both wearing yellow. Madonna second from left with friend Guy Oseary is rumored to have had a fling with Prince second from right with wife Mayte and they met again at a party hosted by Donatella Versace center 'What a loss': They remained friends for the rest of his life.
After he died, Fenn told People: He changed my life. I will miss him greatly. There will only ever be one Prince. Basinger's contributions to the tracks are either spoken word or orgasmic moans. There was speculation it was recorded while the pair were having sex. Long list of lovers: Kim Basinger and Prince are pictured together at a restaurant in Lyrics included: So that was a neat time in my life. Prince was the one who advised her to adopt the catchy stage name, as opposed to her real name Tara Leigh Patrick.
On Thursday, the nowyear-old paid tribute to her mentor and former lover in an interview with Page Six. I will always love him. They were together for three years, during which he changed his name from Prince to an unpronounceable symbol. When they broke up, she told People her 'heart was shattered'. She said 'I just thought he was beautiful'. Prince allegedly proposed to her before breaking up with her and getting together with Mayte Garcia, who would be his first wife.
Nona Gaye, Marvin's daughter, was 18 when she started dating Prince in the early 90s. At 18, she became the focus of Prince's album whose title was an unpronounceable symbol and later became known as Love Symbol. Prince and Mayte met in when her mother sent Prince's team a video of thenyear-old Garcia dancing At 18, she became the focus of Prince's album whose title was an unpronounceable symbol and later became known as Love Symbol. On Valentine's Day in , year-old Garcia and Prince, 37, tied the knot A year later, on Valentine's Day in , year-old Garcia and year-old Prince tied the knot.
He died just a week after his birth. The experience took a toll on their relationship, and within two years they had split. Their marriage was annulled on their third wedding anniversary in Garcia pictured hearing of Prince's death. Their baby son Boy Gregory was tragically born with Pfeiffer syndrome, a rare disorder that does not allow the head to grow, and died a week after his birth At that point, Prince became a Jehovah's Witness, though his faith did not put a plug on his romantic life.
After their divorce Garcia had a two-year relationship with drummer Tommy Lee, but has said in multiple interviews that she will always love her ex-husband. Testolini was 24 when she married the singer, who was 43 at the time, shortly after meeting him while working for his charitable foundation.
It was her decision to leave the singer and file for divorce in , and he made no attempt to hide how hurt he was to lose his wife of five years.
Testolini would go on to marry Halle Berry's ex-husband Eric Benet in and the couple now has two daughters. It is not clear how old Valente was at the time or when exactly they split, but the young woman's Facebook page shows that she was married in a few years ago to a fellow Jehovah's Witness.
Prince then dated Bria Valente pictured together at a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game in until around , after which time they were still recording music together. She joined the faith while dating Prince. Valente is Prince's last confirmed girlfriend, and one of the many protegees the singer dated over the years.