So incredible! Prince’s philanthropist ex-wife Manuela Testolini is building a school in the singer’s name, but with his sudden passing he won’t be around to see its completion. Keep reading for more on her amazing tribute to Prince.
How touching! Prince’s name will live on at a school for underprivileged third world children thanks to his ex-wife Manuela Testolini, 39. The 57-year-old singer died suddenly on Apr. 21 and sadly won’t be around to help pick the country it will be in, but she’s determined to keep his spirit alive through educating kids without access to it.
“I just reached out to [Prince] a few days ago to let him know that I was building a school in his honor,” Manuela told ET. “My heart aches that the school will now be built in his memory.” The philanthropist now runs a foundation called In a Perfect World that funds the construction of schools in some of the world’s poorest countries. The goal of all of the charity’s schools is to give kids in rural areas — especially girls — access to a good education.
Manuela hasn’t decided on where the school will be built yet, as she was hoping that Prince would have chosen the country for her. The couple met when she was just 24-years-old and working for his philanthropic foundation in 2001 and married that same year. They split amicably five years later but he encouraged her to continue her career in charity work, which she has since devoted her life to.
“I knew him as a husband, friend and fierce philanthropist. Philanthropy brought us together and it was Prince that encouraged me to start my own charity over 10 years ago,” Manuela shared with ET, noting that the singer’s death has left her with a “devastating feeling of pain and loss.”
HollywoodLifers, how are you mourning Prince? Have you been listening to a lot of his music?