Prince’s ex-wife, Mayte Garcia, has broken her silence on the legendary musician’s substance abuse.
In her upcoming memoir, The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince, Garcia admits she missed the signs. “I never actually saw Prince doing drugs. He didn’t want me to. I’m sure he knew what my reaction would be,” she writes, in an excerpt obtained by People. Despite never witnessing the rock star using drugs, Garcia touched on several “disturbing occasions when he told me he was ‘sick’ or had a ‘migraine’ ” that may have hinted at a possible substance abuse issue.
“Looking back now and being much older I can see it was something else,” Garcia told People. “I never saw him do anything — not even take an aspirin.” Still, within weeks of their 1996 wedding, the 43-year-old said she got a late-night call, informing her that Prince, unconscious, had been rushed to the hospital where he had his stomach pumped. Meanwhile, the “Little Red Corvette” crooner claimed he had just a little too much to drink — and aspirin.
During another instance, Garcia claimed that a deeply upset Prince begged her to return to his hotel room and “flush some pills [that he told her he’d left there] down the toilet.” Naturally, she did exactly what he asked of her, admitting, “I didn’t question what it was.”
In the book, which chronicles her marriage with the musician, whom she first met at age 16 in 1990 before divorcing in 2000, Garcia revealed how the death of their newborn son in 1996 from Pfeiffer syndrome, a rare genetic disorder, created trouble in paradise for the pair. “I never told him about my thoughts of suicide or how close I had come to doing it,” Garcia writes in her memoir. “But I started to think he knew because my Vicodin kept disappearing. I assumed he was hiding them to keep me from hurting myself. In retrospect, I don’t know what to think.”
Now a single mother of a 5-year-old adopted daughter, Gia, the choreographer confesses she’s at a loss when it comes to fully understanding the “inner complexity” that sparked Prince’s appetite for painkillers like fentanyl, which ultimately killed him. “It makes me sad,” said Garcia. “He left behind a lot of people who loved him. But it was his time. I know he didn’t fear death.”
As previously reported, in April 2016, Prince‘s lifeless body was discovered in the elevator of his Paisley Park mansion. Later reports indicated that the singer had been battling drug addiction.