Prince was romantically linked with a number of famous women throughout his 57 years, but there were only a few that he took things to the next level with. One of those ladies is Sheila E., who he was briefly engaged to. But if you’re not familiar with the singer, get to know her right here!
Sheila E.’s tweets after Prince’s tragic death on April 21 were completely heartbreaking, but who exactly is the woman who captured the singer’s heart in the 80s? HollywoodLife.com has rounded up five facts about the 58-year-old — familiarize yourself here!
1. She met Prince at a concert in 1978
Sheila was performing with her father and met the legendary singer after the show, where he told her that he and his bassist were fighting over who would marry her first. They collaborated during his recording sessions for Purple Rain and her vocals are featured on some of his hits.
2. Their engagement didn’t work out
It wasn’t until Sheila released her memoir, The Beat Of My Own Drum, that the story of the pair’s engagement went public. She wrote in the book that Prince popped the question for her while he was on stage — he mouthed the words, “Marry Me?” while singing “Purple Rain!” Unfortunately, their equally busy schedules took a toll on the relationship, and they eventually split.. Stream Prince’s greatest hits HERE.
3. Sheila was a successful singer on her own
Even without her connection to Prince, Sheila had a successful music career. Her songs “The Glamorous Life” and “A Love Bizarre” both reached No. 1 on the U.S. dance charts, and she’s released seven solo albums. Sheila was even nominated for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance at the Grammys!
4. She’s collaborated with dozens of famous stars
Besides Prince, Sheila has worked with many well-known artists, including Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Gloria Estefan, Cydni Lauper and many more. She is a percussionist, as well as a singer, so she’s lent vocals and drumming to other artists’ songs while also working on her own stuff.
5. She’s been on a reality show!
Yup, Sheila starred on the third season of CMT’s Gone Country in 2009, and competed to become a country singer and have a single produced by John Rich. She actually won the show and got to make a music video for her song “Glorious Train.” Talk about well-rounded!
HollywoodLifers, what fact about Sheila shocked you the most?