15 Little-Known Facts About Prince’s Personal Life

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15 Little-Known Facts About Prince’s Personal Life

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15 Little-Known Facts About Prince’s Personal Life

Prince fans and diehard music lovers alike know quite a bit about the artist’s music career, which spanned three decades, but things were kept a lot more private when it came to his personal life.

As we remember one of pop culture's greatest icons on the anniversary of his death, get to know the R&B singer on a more intimate level, including these 15 little-known facts about his childhood, his marriages, and more.

15 Little-Known Facts About Prince’s Personal Life
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His real first name was actually Prince, and he was named after the “Prince Rodgers Jazz Trio,” which was led by his father, John.

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As a little kid, his nickname was “Skippy” (though Prince probably would’ve worked, too).

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He suffered from epilepsy and seizures as a child.

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​The Minneapolis native started out in music at 13, when he formed a band called Grand Central with his high school friends.

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He also played basketball in high school, and continued the hobby into adulthood.

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He was only 5'2", which explained his affection for wearing high heels on stage.

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The Artist became a Jehovah’s Witness in 2001.

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Prince was vegan.

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Prince met his future wife Mayte Garcia, then a novice bellydancer, when she was just 16 and he was twice her age at 32. They married on Valentine’s Day 1996.

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Prince and Mayte had one child, a son named Boy Gregory Nelson, who died shortly after his October 1996 birth because of a skull defect.

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The couple later suffered a miscarriage, which tore their marriage apart.

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Prince eventually married Manuela Testolini in a private ceremony in 1999, but they got divorced in 2006.

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Prince mostly dated brunette women except for Kim Basinger, who is one of his few blonde exes.

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The singer was also linked to a bevy of other famous women including Madonna, Carmen Electra, Misty Copeland and more.

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Prince kept a cageful of white doves in his home, the Paisley Park compound, which is right outside of his hometown of Minneapolis.

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Prince fans and diehard music lovers alike know quite a bit about the artist’s music career, which spanned three decades, but things were kept a lot more private when it came to his personal life.

As we remember one of pop culture's greatest icons on the anniversary of his death, get to know the R&B singer on a more intimate level, including these 15 little-known facts about his childhood, his marriages, and more.