Prince infamously had a plethora of lovers throughout his too-short life, but out of all those women, he only married two of them — and Mayte Garcia was one of them. But who exactly is this lovely lady that captured the late singer’s heart? Get to know her here.
Mayte Garcia, 42, is, understandably, absolutely devastated over the death of her ex-husband, Prince. The gorgeous Puerto Rican was the singer’s first wife, but if you’re unfamiliar with her or their relationship, we’re here to fill you in. Get to know Mayte with five fast facts here.
1. She’s a belly dancer
Mayte might best be known for her relationship with Prince, but she has talents of her own. At just three years old, she began belly dancing, and by age eight, she became the world’s youngest professional belly dancer.
2. She met Prince because of her dancing
Prince first noticed Mayte in 1990, when her mother sent in a tape of her performing. They met in Germany, and eventually, she was hired to dance on his tour. Mayte then became a major source of inspiration for the singer: She was the focus of his album, Love Symbol, and he wrote “The Most Beautiful Girl In The World” for her in 1994. Stream Prince’s greatest hits here.
3. They had a child together
Two months after their wedding on Valentine’s Day 1996, Mayte discovered she was pregnant with Prince’s child. Their son, Boy Gregory, was born on Oct. 16, 1996, but tragically died just one week later from Pfeiffer Syndrome, which is a very rare skull defect. She revealed years later that they’d also lost a second child during their marriage, which led to their divorce in 1998. The marriage was annulled on their third wedding anniversary.
4. She’s dated another famous musician
From 2000 until 2002, Mayte dated Tommy Lee from Motley Crue. However, she has since been open about how her failed marriage to Prince has “ruined” her love life. Although she never married again, she adopted a daughter, Gia, as a single parent.
5. She’s kept up her career since divorcing Prince
Mayte has made appearances on shows such as Psych, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and Nip/Tuck, and had a recurring role on the Lifetime series Army Wives from 2008-2009. She also choreographed the dance for Britney Spears’ “I’m A Slave 4 U” music video in 2001. Mayte was a judge on Oxygen’s Dance Your Ass Off, and has been on VH1’s Hollywood Exes since 2012.
HollywoodLifers, were you shocked to learn any of these facts about Mayte?