Celebs who got to spend time with the legend during his life shared their memories of the late singer. From throwing the most magnificent parties to being one of the funniest people on earth, check out what these stars remember most about the late great Prince.
Madonna’s Manager Guy Oseary
I met Prince when I was 12 years old. I asked for his autograph. He wrote "Love God"… My walls were covered with prince posters.. I lived in a two bedroom apartment with my dad and you could see my Prince posters from the street.. Many many years later I connected back with Prince.. And we have remained friends.. I called him a few years back with the idea of @Madonna and Prince going on tour together. I pitched it to Madonna and within a second she said "I like it, we can call it the Royalty Tour… The Queen and The Prince"…. I love the way she thinks… When I told Prince the idea he said: "the world isn't ready for this, it's too big".. I always felt like one day I would pull it off.. @Madonna performed in #stpaul last year and Prince was generous enough to host us and perform for us after that show at his home #paisleypark .. He didn't go on stage until 3am, and per usual the show performance was mindblowing.. He joined me this last New Years in St Bart's and performed for my friends party at what will now be the last time I saw him.. It's the one and only time I was able to actually work with him directly.. I won't forget that electrifying performance.. Or the smile on his face that night.. And the love that he gave me.. He always treated me with kindness.. We didn't always agree.. We would argue for hours… But he understood that I respected him dearly and cared for him.. I tried my best to help him on record business matters.. And even in his passing I'm here to help.. I would have done anything I could and wish I achieved more for him on his very clear issues.. The man had the strongest of opinions on contracts and on artists rights.. This photo was taken summer of 1999.. Yes.. "1999".. You can see from the photo that I'm focused on one thing… Prince!!.. I have the original lyrics to "purple rain" on my wall and I was always too embarrassed to tell him.. Maybe he would think I was crazy for paying so much years back for those lyrics or maybe he would just take it off my wall and say "thank you, I was looking for this".. Who would stop him?.. Not me.. Today not only will doves cry, we all cry.. You will be missed.. I love you.. Rest in peace..
Pezzy .. Lol I know you didn't really like that name.. but you let me call you it anyway. We were friends for a while before I had the courage to tell you how HUGE of a fan I was of yours.. Lol smh, You had the nerve to be shocked.. Your humility was astonishing ..your jokes were silly.. genuinely, like a child's.. your spirit was captivating .. I can't really put into words your confidence, your awareness of self.. it was a inspiration to me ..and your love for God – so deep and beyond anything that anyone who didn't know you could know.. I'll never forget the first time we met lol, I was totally caught off guard and played it so cool.. but when I got back to my car, I called my Mother!!! I was screaming so loud with excitement, that she couldn't even make out what I was saying.. Through my tears I say: Thank you .. Thank you for the memories of crazy randomness .. Thank you for always being the one that wanted to make sure that everyone was happy and smiling.. More importantly, thank you for the lessons you shared with me.. and thank you for the love my friend.. I know that you know that you are loved sooo much by so many.. but I also pray you know how much you were valued too. It gives me some peace to know – you were one that left nothing on the table 🙏🏾 Rest in peace and in paradise.. Love you always P.
Thank you for your talent, your passion, your faith, your fellowship, your commitment to activism, your sly smile and for always taking the time to talk to me and show me kindness and always always always a really great time!! Never before had anyone really brought ALL of Hollywood/Music together like you did at your now legendary EPIC parties you threw at your house. You made everyone feel welcome. You fed us. You performed while we lost our damn minds dancing and vibing, getting to see an ICON jam in his own home. Prince was the perfect host yall!! So many amazing memories! THANK YOU!!! 💜💜💜
Mary J. Blige
(Honorable Mention) Dave Chappelle & Charlie Murphy
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