The last time Prince’s ex-wife, Mayte Garcia, was in the news was when she auctioned off the engagement ring given to her by her ex-husband, prior to his tragic death this week, as reported by the Inquisitr. Mayte also put up for auction her wedding china from her Valentine’s Day wedding to Prince, and other Prince memorabilia, months before Garcia would learn of Prince’s death.
Now, Mayte can be seen in a video crying over Prince’s death, as reported by the Daily Mail, with the visibly upset ex-wife of the Purple One doing more crying than talking as the reporter tries to get Garcia to speak. Mayte did confirm that she would be attending Prince’s funeral in Minnesota, and was headed back to her ex’s hometown.
Speculation surrounding Prince’s death at this point includes talk of Percocet potentially being involved in his death. Garcia didn’t speak about Prince’s cause of death – but she has experienced tragedy with him prior to his death, when their baby boy, Gregory, died in 1996, only one week after his birth.
— Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) April 23, 2016
The woman who met Prince when she was only a 16-year-old dancer on his tour ended up marrying him when she was 22. Prince was 37 in 1996 when their three-year marriage began.
However, it was Prince’s sad death at the age of 57 that had his ex-wife Mayte in tears, when she was seen leaving her house in Los Angeles on Friday – the day after Prince’s death.
Mayte, 42, cried and didn’t speak much as she and her daughter, Gia, got into a car to leave. According to the Daily Mail, Prince’s ex-wife spoke about trying to honor him, prior to his funeral.
“I’m trying to honor him.”
Prince’s former father-in-law was with Mayte, along with a few friends. Flowers could be seen that had been sent to Mayte, who inspired Prince’s song, “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.”
Mayte has previously expressed just how devastated she was over Prince’s death, as reported by People.
“I can’t even think of the words of what I’m feeling. 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 eternally. He’s with our son now.”
Meanwhile, the fact that a Prince fan launched a GoFundMe page so that she could attempt to attend Prince’s funeral is getting a lot of attention, as reported by the Root.
It was a much happier time for Mayte in the top photo above, when Prince’s then-wife posed for a photo on February 8, 1997. Prince posed backstage with Mayte when the duo attended the 28th annual NAACP Image Awards. Back then, they were in Pasadena, California, together.
Now with news of Prince’s death at Paisley Park — his suburban Minneapolis home and recording studio — on Thursday, April 21, many of Prince’s protégés are showing up to pay their respects.
— Inquisitr Showbiz (@IQShowbiz) April 22, 2016
According to Radar Online, Prince’s family is planning to have a large funeral for the public, so that fans can appreciate the Prince memorial. Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, has a husband named Maurice Phillips, who said that a public Prince funeral is being worked on. Prince’s body was moved to a local funeral home for him to be cremated.
“We’re just waiting for the toxicology tests to come in. [Prince’s sister is] holding up as best as she can … it’s really hard for her. Death isn’t easy for anybody.”
On Facebook, Lola Bey wrote about how she would have conducted Prince’s funeral.
“I wish I could’ve done #PRINCE funeral..I definitely would’ve sent him off Royally..I hope he has a Royal Purple Casket with his Symbol on it in white trimmed in gold with gold side bar handles on the casket..And on the inside his casket would be a soft light lavender satin material for your highness.”
[Photo by AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File]