Prince accomplished SO much in his too-short life, but there’s one thing he always wanted that he was never blessed with at the time of his death: Kids. The singer and his ex-wife, Mayte Garcia, lost two children years ago, and it completely devastated him because he wanted to be a dad SO badly.
Despite being with dozens of famous women throughout his 57 years, Prince didn’t have any kids when he tragically died on April 21. Those close to the singer remember how excited he was when his ex-wife, Mayte Garcia, was pregnant with their son in 1996, but sadly, the infant died just one week after he was born, and it really took a toll on Prince.
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“It was really sad. I think he was really looking forward to being a father,” his former backup dancer, Lindsley Allen, recalls to People. “It was very difficult for them and I don’t think they really recovered from that. I felt a very paternal feeling from him, but yet, that was something that he had never really known. I remember they had built a swing set out in the back and they had a playroom built.”
Mayte wound up getting pregnant again, but miscarried, which was, obviously, another tragedy for her and Prince. “I believe a dying child between a couple either makes you stronger or it doesn’t,” Mayte has admitted. “For me, it was very, very hard to move forward and for us as a couple, I think it probably broke us.”
The pair’s marriage was annulled in 1999, and even though the “Purple Rain” singer went on to marry Manuela Testolini from 2001-2006, he never had any kids. So devastating.
“I can’t even think of the words of what I’m feeling,” Mayte said in a statement after Prince’s death. “This man was my everything. We had a family. I am beyond deeply saddened and devastated. I loved him then, I love him now and will love him forever. He’s with our son now.”
The 42-year-old’s statement literally brought a tear to our eyes, but we can only stay positive like Mayte and hope that Prince is finally with the little boy he lost all those years ago and wanted for so long.
HollywoodLifers, are you surprised that Prince never had any kids?