Where Are They Now? The Real Hollywood Exes (And Mistresses) Of Music’s Biggest Players

October 11, 2012  |  
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One night in 1982, Denise Mathews would meet Prince backstage at the American Music Awards, and her life would change forever. For one, her name would become Vanity (because Prince said she was the female version of him), and of course, she would go on to become the leading lady of her own music group, courtesy of her boo, entitled Vanity 6. While she was at the helm, Vanity would bring us the very swexy track, “narsty Girl.” After doing one album, Vanity and Prince parted ways right before he was to start filming Purple Rain, and ish went upside down from then on. Denise Mathews had to leave the shady entertainment business behind after she almost died from an addiction to smoking crack coke with then-boyfriend, Motley Cure bassist, Nikki Sixx. She has since given her life over to Christ and practices evangelism, speaking at churches across the country. She no longer wants ANYTHING to do with the Vanity persona.


Prince clearly had a type…Apollonia, aka, Patricia Kotero, of course picked up where Vanity left off. She appeared in Purple Rain as the lingerie-wearing, high-pitch singing lover, and went on to head what used to be Vanity 6, but turned into Apollonia 6. She and Prince were rumored to be an item of course, and their chemistry in the movie definitely made a possible relationship all the more plausible. But either way, she goes down as Prince’s best known protege…yes, probably even more known than his ex-wife, Mayte Garcia. Today, Kotero owns her own company, Kotero Entertainment to produce films and manage young artists. She still looks great!

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