Prince’s ex-wife, Mayte Garcia, is devastated by news of the singer’s sudden death, but she seems to find comfort in knowing that he has been reunited with their son, Boy Gregory, who died just one week after his birth.
“I can’t even think of the words of what I’m feeling,” Garcia said of her ex’s passing in a statement issued to People. “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.”
The pair met in 1990 at a concert in Spain when she was just 16 years old. Mayte was later invited to tour with the musician as a dancer. Six years later, they tied the knot; Mayte was just 22 years old. Shortly after their nuptials, Mayte learned that she was pregnant with Boy Gregory, who was later born with Pfeiffer syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.
“It was really sad. I think he was really looking forward to being a father,” Prince’s former dancer Lindsley Allen, told People. “It was very difficult for them, and I don’t think they really recovered from that. I felt a very paternal feeling from him but yet that was something that he never really had known.”
Although the pair divorce in 2000, Allen says that they shared a genuine love.
“They had a great love for each other. They had a twinkle in their eye.” She added: “They definitely loved working together. In the studio, it seemed like they had a great respect for one and other. He loved her as a beautiful dancer and her heart and soul is very genuine and sweet.”